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Old 13 May 2013, 13:03
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Tilapia in the big tank?

White dome in the bed as you return to the lower tank?

What are you using as the growing medium?
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Old 13 May 2013, 13:11
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I was taught to lay brick/block when I was about 8 years old- line level straight- I 'learned' OCD from my father
My first masonry project was a freestanding dome for my wood fired oven built the hard way (no sand form). Bit of a learning curve on those. And I learned just how caustic lime mortar is. I get the OCD thing--that project turned me into a masonry perfectionist.
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Old 13 May 2013, 14:25
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My first masonry project was a freestanding dome for my wood fired oven built the hard way (no sand form). Bit of a learning curve on those. And I learned just how caustic lime mortar is. I get the OCD thing--that project turned me into a masonry perfectionist.
About 1 line a day?

Wood form to maintain curvage?

I would have been sweating bullets...
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Old 13 May 2013, 17:22
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About 1 line a day?

Wood form to maintain curvage?

I would have been sweating bullets...
No forms. Someone brighter than me invented a "dome gauge". Essentially a length of rod equal to the radius of the dome mounted on a door hinge and bolted to a pivot. The other end had a 90-degree angled bracket on it. You put the pivot in the center of the area where you're building the dome and follow its path to set the brick in a circle. The hinge allowed you to move the gauge up and down. The bracket automatically sets your brick at the correct angle for each course, so the second course is an angled circle with a smaller diameter, and up you go. Simple and brilliant. Getting the mortar mix just right was the trick. Too dry, and the brick wouldn't stick. Too wet, and the brick would slide. It was slooooow going. But surprisingly, I didn't need any internal bracing for the dome.

The arched entry to the oven was the most difficult part, although that's probably because my wife repeatedly cursed the oven while I was working on that section. It fell down a few times.
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Old 14 May 2013, 10:38
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Planted the following last night after filling the above ground with composted horse manure-

from L to R
romaine lettuce
bravo green cabbage
center row from front to back- 2 x cilantro, sage, thyme
red sail lettuce
red cabbage

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Old 14 May 2013, 10:52
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I was already to plant the veggies this past weekend. I caught a blip on the weather about a freeze warning for Monday and Tuesday nights... My neighbor did not see it, killed a bunch of stuff in his garden. I guess it would of killed my apfid problem....
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Old 14 May 2013, 11:02
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I was already to plant the veggies this past weekend. I caught a blip on the weather about a freeze warning for Monday and Tuesday nights... My neighbor did not see it, killed a bunch of stuff in his garden. I guess it would of killed my apfid problem....
The guy I get the compost from told me a little trick- use those nevertobesufficientlydamned plastic shopping bags as 'mini-greenhouses' by pushing a stick/bent clothes hanger into the ground next to your plant then invert the bag over the plant and secure it with dirt/rocks. holds ground heat in pretty well and it worked for me Monday night!
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Old 14 May 2013, 11:21
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Oh, I'll suggest one that is even MORE clever.
I use gallon milk jugs with the bottom cut out.
I punch a hole on the top of the handle, leave the cap off, place the container over the young plant and drive a stick into the ground through the hole in the handle to hold the jug in place. Works like a charm.
Makes a terrific, stiff, personal greenhouse, and is semi-permanant!
Well... *I* think it's clever.

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The guy I get the compost from told me a little trick- use those nevertobesufficientlydamned plastic shopping bags as 'mini-greenhouses' by pushing a stick/bent clothes hanger into the ground next to your plant then invert the bag over the plant and secure it with dirt/rocks. holds ground heat in pretty well and it worked for me Monday night!
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Old 14 May 2013, 13:12
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Oh, I'll suggest one that is even MORE clever.
I use gallon milk jugs with the bottom cut out.
I punch a hole on the top of the handle, leave the cap off, place the container over the young plant and drive a stick into the ground through the hole in the handle to hold the jug in place. Works like a charm.
Makes a terrific, stiff, personal greenhouse, and is semi-permanant!
Well... *I* think it's clever.
It IS clever, however, I didn't have and couldn't drink 48 gallons of milk in one sitting....
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Old 14 May 2013, 14:45
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It IS clever, however, I didn't have and couldn't drink 48 gallons of milk in one sitting....
Automatic reduction in grade to SSG!

You have any neighbors? I save jugs through the year for this purpose and recycle them when summer finally arrives.
Rinse and repeat.
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Old 14 May 2013, 14:53
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Automatic reduction in grade to SSG!

You have any neighbors? I save jugs through the year for this purpose and recycle them when summer finally arrives.
Rinse and repeat.
We go through that much milk in a year but I needed it right then

2L plastic Coke bottle work pretty well too...
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Old 14 May 2013, 16:55
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We go through that much milk in a year but I needed it right then

2L plastic Coke bottle work pretty well too...
Okay; reinstated back to E9.

Yes, I agree; coke bottles are fine, as well.
When I first saw the milk jugs, I was just terribly impressed by the elegance of it all; stick through the handle, vent hole on top, translucent plastic... near perfect!
(and once you cut out the bottom, they stack... to a degree)
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Old 20 May 2013, 11:54
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Updates photos

Here is the garden as of yesterday- I still have to plant the sweet potatoes...
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Watermelons
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Okra

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Roma tomatoes

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straight neck squash

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pole beans

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Green and red bell peppers

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zucchini
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cucumbers
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beefsteaks and better boys
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raised beds
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snow peas
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Old 20 May 2013, 13:24
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your pics
Very nice!

I've bought some stuff but nothing's in the ground yet, my main lesson from last year is to be patient! Probably this weekend or next....

Thanks for the tip about the milk jug greenhouse, tooslow -- I'll use that for sure!
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(Tip o' the hat)
The only thing that *I* have planted are some Dahlias... and they're still well under ground. Another week or two, for us.
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Things are progressing nicely. Plenty of rain lately.

Here are a few pics -->

Twenty tomato plants with some basil i just started under the milk jugs (Thanks tooslow!):



Habeneros, Jalapenos and Eggaplant row:



All my creepy crawly stuff - those are pumpkins down in front and next to them are my cukes that I'm gonna train to grow up on that cage:



Eggaplant and a few carrots:

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Lookin' GOOD!
I'll try to remember to take a photo or two of my son's gardens at my house; I've passed the baton on to him.
Pleased to report that my Dahlias are looking STRONG
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That composted horse manure works!

I thought I would show you the results, so far in the garden-
some successes some failures and I can't figure out why...


long range view of the garden
garden1 15 July.jpg


another 'overall' view
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okra and roma tomatoes- the tomatoes are almost 7 feet tall

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corn didn't come in a well as I expected but starting to 'make ears'

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zucchini is off the hook the cattle panel in the back ground is 4 feet tall...

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snow peas are starting to wane but we got quite a few

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bell peppers starting to produce- racoons have been digging them up for the worms underneath

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pole beans have gone crazy- I stretched string between 'teepees' to allow them to 'roam'

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cucumbers are really doing well- they have grown over 4 feet tall and are spreading

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beefsteaks and better boy tomatoes- over 7 feet tall

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sweet potatoes grown over 6 feet and trained onto cattle panels

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the first raised bed saw the untimely death of the romaine lettuce, cilantro and red leaf lettuce bu the cabbage is growing pretty well- just hasn't tuned into 'heads' ???

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grape tomatoes- 6 feet tall no tomatoes yet but getting there...

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Old 15 July 2013, 08:05
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Very nice, like those sweet potatoes -- never done them but you have my wheels turning. Next year....
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Old 15 July 2013, 08:26
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Very nice, like those sweet potatoes -- never done them but you have my wheels turning. Next year....
You could start them now- just buy 3-4 sweet potatoes- let them begin to sprout, cut them them into cubes and let them sit a couple of days to allow the cuts to 'scar' them plant them.

They will grow untill it is too cold then go domant until next year and put out more vines.

They can be grown in a trash can or inside some old tires.

Start with 2 tires or 1' of soil inside a trash can; plant the sprout and when it get 12" tall add 6" new soil, covering 6" of the plant.

End of the growing season, dump out can or remove tires and the potatoes are inside.

You can also cut access hole in either and harvest potatoes without killing the plants...
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