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Today I removed the offending plant & some overgrown chives along with a large root ball.
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Started planting out the space in the GB today, I noticed the side of the bed was soft. Upon further inspection it appears that the leek may have been happening for a while.

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Under the trim I found that the pine side board has started to rot from continually been wet & the ants have made a nest under it. It's not structural as the rot is above the water line in the GB.
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So I will just leave it as is & chalk it up to experience & make sure that I keep the plant growth inside the GB in future.

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In an attempt to regain some room in the old red GB I started to remove clumps of chives that have been in there since I first planted that Gb out. The clumps are very root bound & the media is clogged with nutrients.
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I break the clumps apart wash out the roots through a sieve, recover the media & the nutrients gets washed into the worm farm. The water is then used to water the dirt garden.
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We had a few days of +40 *c the other week which made the top of the Yacon die off, it's the only one to survive since getting them from Rod 14 months ago. In the last few days it has shot out from around the base more so I think it will survive.
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Hopefully Ill get some tubers this year

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So I recently viewed a YOUTUBE video showing how to make NFT plugs from a floor mat material & pool noodles.
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For those worried about toxicity pool noodles and jigsaw foam sheets are made from ethylene-vinyl acetate. So is hot melt glue, shower curtains, and even as an additive for time-release drugs. EVA is considered nontoxic.

Does anyone know if this is true ?
It seems like a good way to avoid pots all together.
I have used pool noodles before for plugs in the NFT net pots & found that they break down in the sun.
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They material is not UV stable & breaks down into small particulates which could end up in the AP system.
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The Net pots originally came with foam plugs which work all right but are single use & also break down into small particulates.
I have recently started using Balsa wood for plugs for larger seedlings & have been raising seed in the small tube pots with a mix of coir/perlite then drop the tube pots into the net pots in the NFT system.
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Yeah i had the matting in a shed under a polycarbonate roof panel, sun turned it to powder before I could use them for camping a couple of times. Not a big fan. The balsa wood substitute is a great idea.


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Thanks Asitis
Yes the less plastic we use in the AP system the better.

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