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11th February 2010, 14:51
I'm living in Springwood and I set this up in December but I've been a bit slack in posting the pics.
Since these photos where taken I have added skylights and they have made a huge difference. I plan to add more over the coming months. I have quite a bit of plant growth now so I will update the pics soon.
11th February 2010, 15:22
A neat looking system Peter.
11th February 2010, 16:26
Springwood QLD or NSW?
Cheers Ian K
11th February 2010, 16:36
I'm in Queensland Ian.
11th February 2010, 19:35
Great to see Peter, I dropped off your fish food the other week and from what I could see from the gate looked great.
Can't wait to see more progress shots.
11th February 2010, 20:09
Here are a few pics taken on Feb 11 2010.
12th February 2010, 03:55
The Cos are looking good Peter.
How are the fish getting along ?
12th February 2010, 10:54
I bought 100 Jades and found 1 dead on a grow bed. I think it must have got into the pipes while I was doing the flood cleaning method that you showed me. The others are growing fast and I have had no more losses yet and the Ph has settles down to below 7.
They REALLY enjoy their food and I find it difficult to know when I have given them enough because they eat so ravenously and I don't want to overfeed them. Every time I throw pellets in the surface of the water bubbles until the food is gone and after 4-5 handfuls I think surely they have had enough now? But they still seem to be searching for food.
25th February 2010, 10:49
Here is a sort clip of my system after two months. The clip was taken on 24th Feb 2010. I have great hopes for the Tomatoes!
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26th February 2010, 01:43
Great video Peter!
The plants are really beginning to take hold now and everything looks in great condition. You're making it look too easy :)
26th February 2010, 14:14
I like the chook house, I can't seem to find space for chooks at my place but now you have me thinking. Do they have access to grass or green feed, some photos of your chook setup would be appreciated.
4th March 2010, 14:39
No problem Burnt, I'll get some pics tonight and put them up.
7th March 2010, 17:19
I have put a few pics up on the Chooks pages.
14th June 2010, 14:18
Hi Everyone, I thought I would post a couple of updates on my progress so far. I have had a wonderful crop of Tomatoes this year but I have had to remove the plants at they where taking over! The next stage of my project is to get clear roof panels for the car port but the tomatoes became so big they were hogging all the light, so as the crop slowed down I reluctantly pulled them out. The bed looks so bare now!
Its only been a few days but the plants in the back grow beds that where shaded have really started to recover and the Capsicums are really perking up.
Sometimes the birds would beat us to the tomatoes but some of the seeds they dropped have germinated and have given us out next generation of plants.
Me and my son spent an afternoon clearing the tomato roots from the bed. We removed about 3 buckets full and at first the roots where really dense. There are no dense areas now but we are still finding a lot of root.
14th June 2010, 14:26
I have also found that from adding aquarium water to help my system cycle, some aquarium snails have set up home in my system. They live only in water and have caused no harm whatsoever to my plants, What they have done is kept my unoccupied fingerling tank spotless. There is not a spec of alge in the fingerling tank or the light exposed wet clay pebbles unlike the main fish tank that I have to clean regularly. These guys could be keeping the pipes clean too!
14th June 2010, 14:42
My friend who is a plumber did me a huge favour and plumbed my water tank in for me.
As well as connecting the guttering to the tank and the tank to my pump he installed a tap which is connected to a floating valve that Murray fitted when he helped me out with my system. The system water level is now automated when the water drops the valve opens and the pump kicks in. When the valve closes the back pressure turns off the pump. I love it.
14th June 2010, 14:54
I have started my next crop to get that bare ex tomato bed working. There are some things I have not attempted before. The wife and kids are giving me greif over my little pictures that depict a pinch of seed where they are too small or numerous to count.
I have remembered to cover the seeds this time as the birds got into my seed pots last time.
I am also trying baby carrot which I have sprinkled straight into the beads rather than starting in pots. Last time they did not seem to take well to being transplanted. I am also giving Celeriac a go. Its knobbly anyway to what harm could the clay beads do?
As an experiment I have started some potato in an old tire. As it gets bigger I will stack more tires and top up the soil. If they get to a good height the idea is to knock the tires over and harvest the potatoes. I have heard this idea a few times so I thought I would give it a go.
14th June 2010, 19:31
Looking good Peter...
I have a number of potatoes coming up....self sown where we have been throwing the veggie scraps into an old garden bed to build the soil up....
Should work I hope
I reckon there has to be spuds grown to make a garden complete.
15th June 2010, 00:08
Hey Peter, things have been going well down on the springwood ranch!
Loved the photo of the toms - feral or what :)
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