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    horticulture

    Just got interested in this.
    Any body here that grow stuff??

    Here is the cheapest way i found to build a grow light.
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    The color is adjustable by 3 current limiting POTS.
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    The first test subjects.

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    Re: horticulture

    That looks like a really neat set up, keep us updated!
    For what it is worth, my horticultural endeavors are limited by plants being able to survive the single guy's care mode. As such, I will be setting some robust tomato plants out in the yard next month if the weather cooperates. I do need to prune the raspberry patch soon, though.
    One word of warning, while mint plants and winter onions are really hardy, they will take over your lawn if you don't pay attention. (Luckily, I thought it smelled nice when I ran the lawn mower over them.)


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    Re: horticulture

    living in a commune. So the place is paved from corner to corner.
    I like fresh herbs, buying them from the store is expensive.

    Its just going into autumn here, in it will ice up in the mornings soon.
    Winter in Africa is a bit different. Going from very cold to very hot in the same day.

    Learned a lot about LED's and the different light colors plants need.
    The sun stays the best.

    I hope the experiment goes well.
    Now just need to figure out when and how much plants need to "sleep".
    Nutrition is also going to be a problem in due time.

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    Re: horticulture

    I live in the country. I have a 30+ pots of herbs from different mints to basil on my back porch. I also have a garden spot that about an quarter of a acre that I grow every thing I can in. The hot peppers are planted in another spot on the under side of my property so my watermelon and cantaloupe don't have a hot taste to them ( that happen one year ). This is my unwinding therapy that helps me relax. Mongo


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    Re: horticulture

    So the light works great....

    A little to great. I fried the tyme plant to its death. The origanum survived.
    Had to lift it quite a bit away from it to be effective.

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    Re: horticulture

    Mrs Lagonda is the greenfingered one in our house, my efforts are restricted to rigging up shade sails to stop the young veggies getting fried under the Qld sun. Even the winter sun can be tough on new seedlings.

    And around this part of the world the sort of crops you grow indoors under lights are the sort that will get you a visit from the police. And they won't be handing out ribbons for growing a prize winning plant.

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    Re: horticulture

    re : Green thumb ...

    I have a brown thumb is that any help ?

    I call it the reverse Midas touch.....

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    Re: horticulture

    Quote Originally Posted by NeoMatrix View Post
    re : Green thumb ...

    I have a brown thumb is that any help ?

    I call it the reverse Midas touch.....
    Sometimes I run into that too, at least with a few of the indoor plants. But I like to refer to that as evolution in real time.


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    Re: horticulture

    Looks awesome! Care to give us more details on how you made the lights?
    I'm also in RSA, luckily I do have a yard of sorts, although it's mostly shaded. Got quite a few herbs outside that are doing alright. I used to grow outdoor strawberries in PA, only prob was the birds and monkeys always got more fruit than me. Wouldn't mind trying some indoor plants


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    Re: horticulture

    I know some guys who grow indoors, however they really don't like to advertise, and really did not want pics taken. It seems that people who were forced to grow indoors to insure privacy, have really perfected the art.

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