No pictures today - as I only had time to shoot the 2 videos last weekend, and have been extremely busy ever since. The evenings after work have been filled with continuous work on the 3 different propagation systems, so they will be ready for the upcoming tomato seedling propagation cycle. After much wiring, programming and tinkering - they are all finally ready for use. Whew.....
Of course all of the functions ( lights, ventilation, trend charts ) will be controlled automatically by the programmable logic control unit, and my seedling capacity will be around 400 plants. Woohoo! Bring it on!
I think that much capacity will do just fine for a few years, but will have room for doubling that number if more is needed later.
As others post rough drafts of their garden plantings this year, I'll just refrain from doing likewise until around March. The reason is that Austin hasn't planned out his part yet, so the drawing isn't finished. I'll try to get him moving on it soon, but can tell you that a garden is probably the last thing on his mind right now ( age 14 ).
In other news, the compost turner is waiting for the pulley system components to be put together, and also the extension between the output shaft of the gearbox and the 10" diameter auger. As you can guess, these items are dependent on other people's efforts, and haven't been completed yet. However, the vertical 6x6 posts will be concreted on Saturday, so I still have some more things to get done before they are needed anyway. In all likelihood, it will get it's inaugural trial run on Valentine's Day. At least that's what i'm planning on.
Things in the coldframes are popping up like crazy, and I hope to be harvesting some lettuce in about 4 more weeks. These little coldframes will get quite a workout next winter, because I intend on having lettuce and carrots throughout all of the cold months. Surely two little coldframes of stuff won't be too much trouble to take care of.....
Oh, I almost forgot! I ordered a couple of 4 cu. ft. bags of perlite that need to be picked up on Saturday morning, too - which will be used to enhance the soil mixture for my swp's/swc's, and also amend the garden beds. Most people don't like perlite in their garden, but I want better drainage than I currently have. It'll be mixed into the current fill ingredients - then 6-8" of compost on top of that . This should provide good drainage at the bottom part of the mix, and also keep it from floating to the top when it is watered.
Take care, and happy gardening!