My lava rock system took 25 days to cycle. I obsessively tested and watched it because I wanted to get going with AP. It felt like forever. Times vary due to a host of parameters, but 30 days +/- seems to be about…"
"Radial Flow Filter modification
The RFF works well, but my initial construction was too low to make cleaning and maintenance easy. This was intentional, because I was concerned about raising the water level too high and increasing the head…"
"I am loving Spring! I tried to jump-start the garden this year by growing seedlings inside during winter. I'm very glad I did because the garden is delightful right now.
DWC bed : lettuce and peas
Romaine Lettuce from DWC
"Affordable : Definitely. A system can be built on just about any budget.
Cost Effective : Not in financial terms with regards to produce savings. Or, at least, not with the results I've had so far.
However, it is a relatively cheap…"
"As a side note, the roots of the sprouted seeds can become embedded in the paper. In the past I've pulled the seedlings off the paper and sacrificed the roots that broke. This doesn't appear to be to fatal to the plant, but…"
"I used damp paper towel inside a plastic bag.
Here's a description: SEED STARTING: THE BAGGIE METHOD
It worked very well for tomatoes, peppers, basil, and cucumber.
I'm currently trying cilantro/coriander but haven't…"
Please note that the chart I posted were the results of a specific solar panel, not a general curve applicable to all solar panels.
The concept remains the same, even if the numbers on both axis of the chart are different. I…"
"Heat Transfer In Solar Panels
Ref: Heat Transfer Vs. Water Flow
Ref : Determining Collector Flow Rate
Quote: "Basically, flow rates that are too low will not remove the heat efficiently from the collector, and the efficiency…"
The rate of heat transfer between two object is directly proportional to the temperature difference between those objects. The greater the difference in heat, the faster the thermal energy will move to from the hot object to the…"
"@ Jim Troyer
... and as for making changes to the system, I'll never stop changing, adding, improving, working, extending, and 'fixing' it.
It's a constant shame when there's no room in the grow beds to plant…"
"@ Jim Troyer
The DWC bed is constant height.
Except... I use a small very cheap fountain pump to move water through the solar panel in the winter months. It used to sit in the bottom of the in-ground fish tank, but then I had a…"
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