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revised germination table...

Discussion in 'About Me & My Garden' started by majorcatfish, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. Jan 30, 2018
    majorcatfish

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    will be reporting about it this spring....
     
  2. Jan 30, 2018
    majorcatfish

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    mary its on my bucket list,while there want to make time to visit @marshallsmyth as well..he has always been one of many mentors for me in the gardening world....
     
  3. Mar 4, 2018
    majorcatfish

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    the next step has been completed on the table, over the years have only had 3 sides which had some sort of reflective material on them,leaving the 4th open and losing all the light out of it...
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    so cut a old piece of paneling and covered it in the diamond mylar ...
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    now once the plants really start growing all 4 sides are covered now... going to build one for the bottom grow area as well.
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    yup got the idea from them dope growers....
     
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    Collector

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    @majorcatfish around here the CL is full of dope growing supplies. They sell it in pot stores they are like liquor stores.
     
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  5. Mar 4, 2018
    majorcatfish

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    i believe it...the difference is all i am is growing veggies.. both a cash crop...:lol:
     
  6. Mar 4, 2018
    Ridgerunner

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    I'm not as fancy as you Major. I just hung some sheets of white paper ion the sides. One thing I've noticed is they don't do much good until the plants get some height on them. When they are pretty small the light is so close to them there isn't much room to reflect. But I noticed a lot of improvement when I added reflectors, the plants are not nearly as spindly as they were before.
     

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  7. Mar 4, 2018
    majorcatfish

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    Good to see two non dope growers thinking a like :thumbsup
     
  8. Mar 10, 2018
    majorcatfish

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    heres my report on the new table....
    working out great except for a couple things i did not take into account.
    1. built it too air tight/ poor air circulation..
    2. the diamond mylar reflects the light/heat too well, sure the backer boards on which its mounted on helps hold in heat as well... used a digital thermometer, the soil was getting above 95* , not good for the seeds to sprout.
    so for the rest of time will be using 3 fans to control the heat, will have to revise these before they get to big and start using the forth panel i built early.
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    guess thats what i get for building a better mousetrap there are always mistakes along the way..
     
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  9. Mar 10, 2018
    thistlebloom

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    Yep, always tweaking. For years I used my little home made light box for germinating tomatoes and peppers and got sprouts in 3 to 4 days. This year I sprang for a real propagation heat mat and thought I had cooked my seeds. I should have tested it with a blank flat of soil first to see what temp it would make the soil.
     
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    My setup is a dinosaur, one of the first chrome plated light stands sold back in the 70's. Three tiers, sliding up or down hoods, florescent plus incandescent lights. Fiberglas trays are dished so you can water from the bottom, it's still going strong but I seldom use it as I can start most things in the greenhouse by March.

    Annette
     
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