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The new grow lights are being installed.

I have always had a problem with light in the orchid room.  It is just too dark for most orchids (at least those that need 2,000 fcs or more) to grow well.  The bulbs are smaller, the spikes are shorter, … Continue reading

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Wireless Tags

I use Wireless Tags to sense and signal changes in temperature and humidity in my orchid growing rooms.  All of my electrical devices (swamp cooler, mixing pumps, lights, humidifier) run off Wemo switches,  Both wireless tags and Wemo switches connect … Continue reading

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Almost Ready to sign the Contract for the Greenhouse

I have been working with two companies to design a greenhouse on the south side of our home.  The primary design/fabrication firm is BC Greenhouse in Surrey BC Canada, with the International Greenhouse Company of West Sacramento as Contractor.  The … Continue reading

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Initial Greenhouse Design

I have completed the initial greenhouse design and run the plans past my homeowner’s group and the local city.  There are some “gotcha”s with both groups, but things are positive so far.   Everyone seems to be impressed with my … Continue reading

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The Greenhouse

I have started planning for a greenhouse to be placed on the south side of our home.  It would encompass the 10’x9′ alcove between the orchid room and the solarium, and would extend out to the fence on our southern … Continue reading

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Updates on the Upper Shelf

The upper shelf is “in” in the solarium.  It extends more than 12 feet over the double doors, and should give me some additional space.  The bad news is that this is probably the last space in the solarium that … Continue reading

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Larger RO tank has arrived

I have installed a evaporative cooler in the solarium, and attached it to my RO system (as the local water is crap).  But have found that on very hot days, the RO system cannot keep up with the water requirements … Continue reading

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