yet another reason for a coal boiler

yet another reason for a coal boiler

PostBy: e.alleg On: Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:49 pm

Handy springtime seed starter. The top of the boiler warms the soil nice and is "free" vs using a heating pad or a 300w light. just FYI I am growing Peppers and tomatoes, they won't grow outside until July.
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Re: yet another reason for a coal boiler

PostBy: WNY On: Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:16 pm

Great idea.
You could take a piece of copper tubing, wrap it around the hot water pipe, pump water thru it and grow them hydroponically? That would keep them warm too! :)

A guy at work is designing the "Cubical" Greenhouse hydro system "something or other", he applied for patents and everything (if he would just do his REAL work)....they mount on the top of the cubical walls and grow in 1" pots with water/pumped air into them...really cool, and some plants are 2 feet high....
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Re: yet another reason for a coal boiler

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:19 pm

Good idea.
That timer on the light is a relic, I remember them as a kid. Very well made.
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Re: yet another reason for a coal boiler

PostBy: LsFarm On: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:22 am

Nice,, do you use a small ocillating fan to create an artificial 'breeze'?? I did this to help strenghten the seedlings.. otherwise they were too weak when I put them outdoors..

What type of tomatos?? I love real home-grown, vine ripened tomatos.. most store bought and restaurant tomatoes are flavorless and 'plastic'. Too hard,, just 'red decoration' on a salad..

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Re: yet another reason for a coal boiler

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:18 am

Do the plants have music playing? They like something light. :)
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Re: yet another reason for a coal boiler

PostBy: e.alleg On: Thu Apr 10, 2008 10:38 pm

They listen to "stoker music" it plays 3 minutes every hour :D about 2 weeks before transplant the fan will go on them, light at first and then more and more, then I set them outside for an hour a day, then 2 hours, then 4 hours, then overnight, then I stick them in the garden. So far every year when I transplant it is in early June and then we get a 30 degree night and they die, so these aren't going out until July this year. If we get frost in July I give up. Actually I would probably have enough peppers and tomatoes if I just bought a couple plants in June from walmart but I like planting seeds, it amazes me. haha simple minds... What you see in the picture is 32 bell pepper plants and 32 delicious tomato plants, that's enough to keep someone busy for a week canning and freezing. I also plant about 1/2 acre of sweet corn, a dozen cucumber plants, some zuccini and squash and new this year I have a 250' row of assorted gourds planned. It's fun to grow stuff, someday I'm going to start a farm stand.
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