|The Rapid Rooter is from the local hydro-phonic grow store and the seeds from the hardware store. More later when some results are obtained.|
18 Apr 2010 seeds in the Rapid Rooter.
Note this is two trays. The top tray has 50 pockets and the bottom tray is solid. You can put about an inch of water in the bottom tray and the pockets dip down into the water and are fed by capillary action.
The Farwell to Spring seeds were placed on the starter block after turning it upside down since they are to be planted very near the surface (not donw the hole like the rest of the seeds).
24 April 2010 1 week after planting seeds
May 2010 2 weeks after planting seeds
The local junior college horticulture department had a sale that provided the six 6-packs of poppy plants.
May 2010 3 weeks after planting seeds
May 2010 4 weeks after planting seeds (17 May raining)
May 2010 5 weeks after planting seeds
|30 May 2010 6 weeks after
|This did not work. Unknown
animals dug up all the starts.
|April 2010 Poppy in fenced
area grown from prior year
Beefsteak TomatoJune 2012 - got a couple of these each in a 5 gallon pot. There's already some fruit on them.
3/4" female Hose to
1/2" female pipe
|1/2" x 6" nipple||1.78
end of pipe
Need one pipe wrench & Teflon tape for assembly.
Hole Drill in use down a couple of feet.
It would be handy to paint rings every 6" and mark them.
In the past I've used the heavy duty Husqvarna weed eater that has a straight shaft and will accept metal blades. It does a great job on all weeds as small scrub brush. The problem is it's a back breaker.
Poulan Featherlight FL25C
The FL25C is very light, uses a curved shaft and only works with a small size plastic string. It cam broken down so as to fit into a small box.
Black & Decker LST522 Light String Trimmer
Got this because it's very light (5.7 lbs) and battery operated (no fuss, no mess with gasoline engine).
The run time is around 10 to 15 minutes depending on the weeds if in speed range 1 or 2, so bought a number of batteries.
Note for older operators the battery and the operator gets tired about the same time.
Fig 1 Shown fully collapsed for shipping/storage.
The shaft telescopes and can easily be adjusted to the length best for the operator.
Fig 2 LCS1620 Charger
20 Volt B&D Battery Test
After being charged. Voltage and Internal Resistance measured using the SM8124A.
2.5 LBXR2050 20.4
2.5 LBXR2050 20.4
I had a couple of containers of "gas" in the garage, but didn't know which was raw gas and which was a gas oil mix.
Raw Gas is clear and not slippery.
Gas mixed with oil has greenish color and is slippery between the thumb and finger
The house came with an irrigation controller in the garage and two underground vaults each with 4 valve positions. But two of the Torro valves developed leaks that either allowed water to flow full force out the pipe or allowed water to leak into the valve vault. For more see What Goes Wrong.
The battery powered hose bib timer that I was using for the bird and deer water system has a small hard to read LCD and a number of small buttons that drive a menu system, not at all user friendly.
To water the roses I got an Orbit hose bib irrigation timer that has a large LCD and a menu dial so is very easy to use. I'm thinking about replacing the underground system with a bunch of these.
Orbit 62056 - 1 Dial Hose Faucet Timer with Brass Swivel
If you press manual while in AUTO mode it comes up with 10 minutes to go, but that can be changed using the + or - buttons.
Patent 7637475 Solenoid, Orbit Irrigation Products, Dec 29, 2009, - uses a moving permanent magnet latching between two poles so only a pulse of energy is used to change state.
Note: There are different sizes of drip tubing. Using 1/4" tubing is a bad idea. It tends to break or the connections open. A much better approach is to place the drip emitters directly on the larger diameter tubing, as shown here. This is what's called 1/2" tubing that has an outside diameter of 0.620" (i.e. 5/8"). There are other tubing sizes that are larger than 1/4" so you need to be sure the connectors you get match the tubing. In this case the connectors have a green band. For my small garden the 1/2" tubing is more than adequate, but for large projects a larger diameter tubing may be better.
I'm starting with 1 Gallon per day on the roses so got 2 GPH drippers and have the timer set for 30 minutes/day.
This larger tubing is more springy than the 1/4" tube so needs to be held in position. For that I'm using 12 gauge fence wire cut into 8" lengths and folded in two.
Do not use a make shift hole punch. It's important that the hole be the correct diameter so that it will firmly grip the emitter or coupling. If the hole is too big it's easier to have a leak or worse have the emitter or coupling come out.
Main house shutoff valve
House pressure regulator
Brass Y hose fitting
Garden hose on closed side
Orbit 62056 on open side
3/4" Hose Thread Swivel to 1/2" Hose Adapter Raindrip R320C
also called a compression fitting (Green band)
2 GPH Button Dripper Model 108025 (25 pack)
1/2" Compression Hose End Plug Raindrip R303C
end cap compression fitting (green band).
When the cap is unscrewed you can flush the line
or connect a garden hose or more drip line.
These can be reused by cutting the tube and pulling
the stub of tubing out the end.
Most other compression fittings can not be reused.
Drip Emitter Hole Punch
(marked 32129 IRM 40012)
Don't use a make shift tool.
Problem with "Y" Fitting
When someone wants to use the garden hose they open the valve on the "Y" which provides full flow to the hose (assuming the timer is off). . . .
BUT . . . when they are done they may turn off the hose bib instead of closing the "Y" valve. This turns off the timer! (guess how I know this)
A possible fix is to install another hose bib just for the hose. The requires these parts:
- Watts A-672 (Home Depot Model # A-672 Internet # 100637926 Store SKU # 550434) Female Hose to FIP Adapter 3/4" x 1/2" (washer included)
- 1/2" male to 3/4" Hose Bib (ProLine No Kink 102-303HC, Home Depot 032888023031; similar to Model # VHBSTDC3B Internet # 202370004 Store SKU # 641995
- plumber's Teflon tape
A combination of very hot weather,
extremely high water pressure and
poor design of the house input plumbing
has lead to an underground water leak.
The 90 deg glue type elbow cracked.
The fix included adding a couple of threaded elbows
so that with thermal expansion and contraction the
parts will not break.
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