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PostPosted: Oct 19th, '18, 18:04 
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Not my favorite time of year, but hey, at the gardens we created come to a quick end. In the words of TV character Adrian Monk, " I don't mind change, I just don't like being there when it happens."
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PostPosted: Oct 20th, '18, 02:36 
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Besides the little cold spell we had. It will probably be a El Nino fall and winter.

For the Southwest that is very good news. It will bring badly needed moisture.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/el-niño-looks-imminent—heres-what-that-means-for-you/ar-BBOBif0?ocid=spartandhp


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Yesterday I cut a bunch of strawberry runners from the garden and moved them to the greenhouse to try to root them then I will put them in the NOT-NFT since I have not used it for anything this year.

I am going to redo some stuff in the greenhouse next summer which means I'll be shutting most of the AP down for a bit (might keep a bed or two running so I don't lose it completely and be like starting over), I think one of the changes will be the NOT-NFT will get removed if I don't fall in love with it this winter with strawberry plants overwintering in it.

I haven't decided if I want to build a big plywood tank or maybe split it in two or three to still get more room than I have with the IBC tanks, but still be able to segregate different species in it.

I will probably build more beds above the fish tanks when I make up my mind what I'm doing, so they will get more use than the NOT-NFT.

I'm actually debating about pouring a concrete pad along the back half of the greenhouse north wall (actually have a partial under the barrels already) then building fish tanks all around the back wall and having a better shelving setup for the water barrels (or getting rid of the water barrels, I'm not sure how much they actually help, should stick temp sensors in them this winter to see if they are actually warmer than ambient temperature)

I am debating about some dual height beds like Brian's to get more space in my little greenhouse. Lots of thoughts in my head will try to work them out before next summer.

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First snow yesterday. It was enough to pretty much cover the grass but by lunch time it started melting. Hit us again last night about the same it looks like grass is covered.


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ouch... the big freeze begins!

How are your temps holding up in there?


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Nice you finally got some of that white stuff!

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My temps in the greenhouse were down to about 50F. I turned my heater on to keep it above 50 but haven't been home all weekend to check temps to see what it's really doing. I just finished my NAUI scuba instructor training conference which consumed my last three weekends and lots of work during the week so really it's been about 3 weeks since I've really got anything accomplished..

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