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G.H. #2 Construction

Discussion in 'Growing Areas' started by Candace, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    Oh, the chickens have been living in their coop for quite a while now. Probably 7 weeks? They're giving us an 2 eggs per day most days;>
     
  2. Candace

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    That my dear, is my weed-picking parasol. It helps me keep my girlish skin tone. Everyone swears I look 41 and I'm 42, so I think it works.
     
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    Oh. I see. Who do you have carry your parasol around for you?
     
  4. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    Unfortunately, it falls upon my shoulders to sink the dang thing into the patch where I'm working. I don't understand it, but when I mention weeding, there's suddenly no one around and I'm very alone.
     
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    Karen Species nut

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    *crickets*

    LOL!
     
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    I HATE weeding with a burning passion. I'd probably abandon you, too, Candace... sorry.
     
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    Oh this is a fabulous growing space!! We need to see photos of it filled with orchids!!! :D
     
  8. Candace

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    Here's the finished floor. I decided just to lay more decomposed granite. I was going to do pavers but since there was already DG there to start with (old play area for my kids) I made the decision to just get a few more yards delivered and compact it. It seems to hold humidity maybe even better than my other g.h.'s gravel floor. If it doesn't work out I can add pavers later. I'm hanging the wall mount, gas heater today. I'm just waiting for hubby to get home to help me lift it up. Crossing fingers it holds:> Benches are next!

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    Very nice. Keep the photos coming. I really wish I had such a large growing space...
     
  10. JonP

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    MAN, that would be SO cool to have a growing space that large.
     
  11. Candace

    Candace Kept Woman Supporting Member

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    I've been working hard and put together 2 of my 4 custom, redwood ebb and flow benches that will be used for phrags. I have two more. I'm contemplating putting one or both outside and growing carnivorous plants in them. Or I may put one more inside the g.h. or both inside and ditch the plans to build a 3 ft. stationary bench on the right. I don't know...I'm wavering. The flow benches are too low. I would raise the one in the middle on piers. I *think* these benches were originally designed for a tall, cash crop, if you know what I mean <wink, wink>. I don't know if the heater will fry my plants the way it's located. I does come with a blower and I could aim fans, but that's something I'll have to see, I guess. It's all a huge experiment anyway, as I have never used ebb and flow benches. I have the huge plastic liners in the garage. The idea of the cut-outs is to provide for the pipes to drain and fill, I guess. Anyway, thought I'd post an update. Each table is 4 ft. wide by 8 ft. long to get an idea of size. Very large.

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  12. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Your ebb/flow benches are intriguing! They certainly are low. Raising them will save you back and make the plants easier to enjoy. You could dry-stack cinderblocks horizontally or use Simpson-Tie braces to extend the leg height. Also having to bend down means that your pathways will have to be wider (this applies to all body types, nothing personal LOL :D).

    I am inspired. I think I want to make a super-mini ebb/flow bench when I grow Phrag besseae again! Glen Decker gave a great talk at SFOS a few months ago and I was inspired by how well ebb/flow benches work for his Phrags.
     
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    This will be very interesting to follow!! I too am intrigued. :)
     
  14. Candace

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    Well, you all need to prod me. I've lost my drive and haven't done much at all since the photo. I think the winter drearies have got me down. I hope I feel more motivated as Spring comes. Right now I'm in the hunker down mode and really don't want to do much outside:<
     
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    Oh dear! Well, I will help to prod you then. :) Hang in there!! Winter drearies are tough... although in south Sacramento you probably have it pretty nice compared to here.... we have about 6,5 hours of daylight right now and about a foot of snow... ;)
     
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    We've had a lot of frost this week, but its mainly the rainy, dreary weather that sucks any motivation away! I'm ready for Spring, how about you?!
     
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    Absolutely!!! ...although it is a lot easier cooling the vivarium this time of year (looking for a bright side). :)
     
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    Monkey Girl can do ANYTHING.
    I swear this to be true!
    Sun will shine, orchids will bloom & the kids will be a PITA again!
    *smooch*
     
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    Oh, Candace, you are so close. It is going to be a great addition. Might as well do it sooner rather than later.
     
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    The light is slowly starting to return... how are you holding up Candace? Any progress in the greenhouse?