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Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Thai eggplant id
« on: May 09, 2019, 05:33:34 PM »
Because theyr small and have different colors i think they would be good on barbeque sticks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 09, 2019, 04:07:27 PM »
Just amusing myself with my previous post on the idea of is bad only bad or is there some good with most if not all bad...

Increase positive outlook for plants & less positive prospects for animals with some added smog in previous...

Sulfur seems to be one of the primary acidifying agents by being in atmosphere in burning etc. or from the fire and brimstone sulfur pits of Hades being finally expressed on the earths surface with Volcanic eruptions of devastation (bad to most animals) ..... But maybe good for plants etc. at least long term ph soil (usually lowering ph) plus other mineral additions...
I got the joke and the metaphors but i wanted to clear that making a fire on the spot its bad for lowering the ph ,because this is a public forum and some might read and try it.Most plants dont like the acid enviroment because with increased acidity the phosphorus becomes unavailable for them.The proteaceae plants that im growing have adapted to live in soils that are poore in phosphates by growing special root organs .

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 09, 2019, 03:53:22 PM »
I use RODI a lot and continuously and i dont buy allready build systems because im always changing charcoal,DI resin to them,even the 5 microns filters i modifyed and i use my own media instead.Theres no need for those gauges and theyre useless just for marketing reasons added because if the last filter its stuck ,then all the gauges before will show the same pressure.This evaporative cooling system might be       more economic to use than RO foggers. I know its extensively used in USA so you might be allready familiar with it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 09, 2019, 01:09:41 AM »
Fires not a good idea because ash is alkaline,contains a lot of calcium.It would increase the ph instead to lower it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 08, 2019, 07:01:31 PM »
Off course that the bigger the membrane the better and i posted that 150GPD /30 dollars housing and membrane as an example for the right price and having in mind that Mark wont really need 600 litters of RO water a day.In his link the RO unit has 2 membranes and housings.Membranes are set to work between 40-60 psi .100 psi would damage most peoples instalations in homes.No matter what membrane you will use you will still have probably 4 times  more wastewater than the quantity of the RO water.I know its frustrating to need the RO water fast and to have to wait hours until its produced .That polyphosphate filter i found on Ebay ,would last years if only used without RO membrane ( with RO membrane,lifespan reduces to probably less than a quarter of time because you will throw 3 quarters of the RO waste water and will have to filter those also.For cirsculating high pressure pumps ,the chinese make somme really nice 12 Volts diaphragm pumps for like just 20 dollars.They really strong,stronger than the expensive booster pumps and they last the same as the expensive booster pumps @ 3000 hours because they have brushed motoŕs and those brushes are consumable parts. These small pumps get to 130 psi and can work on lower voltages like 4 volts or so, to last longer oŕ be more quiet.Can also be used with solar pannels but they  need amperage @4 amps.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 08, 2019, 03:04:35 PM »
I use spaghnum moss wich has 4 Ph mixed with soil 50/50.All methods are good,the sulphur ones and spaghnum moss but i dont think they last verry long .Im looking for a solution that would last for decades.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 08, 2019, 01:36:42 PM »
The polyphosphate filter its cheap and you might get away only with it and a carbon filter ( + a 5 micron mesh)for the fogger. So,your planning to make 600 litters of RO water per day to run that fogger for 10 hours continuously?Thats a lot of RO water and you will loose a few cubic meters of water as waste water daily.You probably need a controller to turn the fogger on and off intermitently or even a timer socket so that way you would use much less RO water .If you have high pressure tap water,then you dont need the booster pump.150 gpd membrane plus housing at just 34 dollars( verry cheap)

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Toona sinensis
« on: May 08, 2019, 04:37:24 AM »
Best to eat these is to wet them in a little water then pass them through a mix of flour and salt( and something spicy) and then fry them in oil.I like lobsters but if you cook the lobster with scrambled eggs then i would say too,its ok but nothing special.Pink flamingo its edible just like the rest but its only cultivated for decorative purpose.Chinese eat only the green reddish ones from what ive seened.I try to grow the green ones from seeds to see how fast they grow but i had no interest in pink flamingo because thats a bushy multistemmed variety( thats why i think its pink,because has thin trunks that feel the cold better).No success so far with the seeds.They might be hard to germinate just like  Toona Cilliata the australian one wich has seeds that loose viability after 2 or 3 weeks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Bearing Bushes for 9B
« on: May 07, 2019, 10:46:06 PM »
That does look nice. How long is the harvest season?

Can you keep jaboticaba  as a hedge?
I dont got fruits from my kiwi iet altough it made somme flowers that abandoned.I have a verry young plant.Not all of the arctic kiwis look that beautifull,its usually the males that have those colored leaves but they dont make fruit.dr. Szymannovski kivi has nice leaves but also makes fruits.Its also the best catnip in the world and if you have cats they will love it.As for jaboticaba i have zero experience with it and i dont know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Bearing Bushes for 9B
« on: May 07, 2019, 09:31:49 PM »
Blackberryes are much better tasting than mulberryes.A trelice for kiwi would be probably the best choice nd would grow fast to keep the AC in the shadow.This year i planted an arctic kivi thats self fertile,makes fruits and also has verry decorative foliage.Its called dr. Szymanovski but not sure if its available in USA or if it would do well in your area.

Update about gibberellic acid.The only feijoa seedling that wasnt sprayed with acid solution ,died.The otther 2 that were treated survived and they do well.Today i scarified somme verry old pecans brought from supermarket.They were soo old and dry that the kernel inside had cracked ,but i mannage to get a few good ones ,like less than a quarter and they are soaking now for 24 hours in 500 ppm gibberellic acid solution.After that they will go in the fridge for a month or 2 ( its called cold stratification ).Last time i germinated supermarket brought pecans,i got 2 percent germination rate without gibberellic acid and 3 months in the fridge.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / How to lower soil Ph long term?
« on: May 07, 2019, 04:54:21 PM »
Im looking for ways to lower the soil ph on long term.I have 7,5 ph soil and would like to get it to 5,5 ph or close to that .I need this low ph because phosphorus becomes non available in acid soils and i plan to grow somme proteaceae that dislike phosphorus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Native rainforest grapes
« on: May 07, 2019, 04:06:03 PM »
Those tropical grapes look similar to these found in Australia.At 16:20 Les Hiddins finds somme and eats them.Says they taste good.Maybe yours were unripe.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya/Pawpaw hybrid
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:30:10 PM »
Most otther Asimina species are verry little shrubs except A Tetramera from what i remember and are highly endangered species.They are also edible but reports say they dont taste as good as A Triloba.In USA there is a woman that dedicated her time in conservating those endangered Asimina species. Here is a link with an interview with that lady about the otther Asimina species she is trying to protect.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite grape?
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:17:19 PM »
Moldova black grapes invented in the soviet times.Low maintenance and really high quality .They also last in the fridge until spring.For vine im growing somme really small and black grapes that make the darkest possible vine.Not verry tasty but probably the healthyest vine.I also have french vines and big edible grapes that i forget theyr names but those are high maintenance,they need to be sprayed with all soird of chemicals and i dont do it wich results in bad looking grapes.I make vine from them.Muscadines are american native grapes about wich ive heard only good things.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hoop house
« on: May 07, 2019, 03:08:53 AM »
I build RODI filters for reef aquariums .For misters you would need only RO without the DI( deionisation resin) resin wich its expensive and needs to be replaced quite offten.The most important thing to have when you have a RO filter its a TDS meter wich stands for Total Dissolved Solids.Beware that somme TDS are expensive,somme can be mounted inline with the filter ,but there are verry cheap and accurate ones on Ebay( 5 dolars or so cost).Without DI you will never get zero TDS instead ,depending on the tap water you should be good enough with 30-40 TDS.You dont have to use the RO filter every day but the membrane should stay always wet and most important its to clean the membrane periodically or when the TDS gets too big ( it has a special valve for cleaning,you turn that on and off).You need at least 4 atm of pressure and a container with a float switch that turns it off.If you dont have 4 atm pressure you can use a booster pump.If you have verry hard water you can use a polyphosphate filter( preferably for human consumption )before the RO system.Also beware that the RO makes clean and more dirrtyer water than the tap water wich will have the TDS much higher .You could use that water for something instead of throwing it on the sewage.You would need 3 filter for the RO instalation,first -5 micron filter,second active charcoal filter and the last its the membrane.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Thompson seedless grape vine
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:32:18 AM »
It was cut this year?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Bearing Bushes for 9B
« on: May 06, 2019, 06:19:05 PM »
Raspberryes and blackberryes are a lot better tasting than blueberryes in my opinion.Blueberryes taste like a bland apple with a hint of plum and the only thing i like at them its the texture.You could try persimmon trees from different species ,seaberryes but beware of thorns and manny otther shrubs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« on: May 06, 2019, 04:57:18 PM »
Thanks Kevin, i didnt used hubs and its a 4V frequency but wasnt too easy to build and i had challenges that led me to invent a tool for measuring the compond angles at the joints.I will put foil on interior like you have that reflective one but il use transparent and for the whole dome.
Mark,those mail order bees can live quite a long time,you only have to feed them a little pollen pattyes and sugar water  .I will catch my own queens from the wild and start the colony and if they make new queens ,il keep those in the fridge and release them in nature in the spring.Greenhouse polycarbonate with double walls its what i will use,the type that has a side treated against UV.As for the RO system( reverse osmosis water filter) the last i have build for my saltwater aquarium ,i made it with cheap chinese membrane and its verry good ,after 3 Years it measures 15 TDS with old DI resin ( i have RO-DI) and ive been using it non stop.If you want to build your own to have nice resealable filter housings i can help with advices.At somme point i even toght to start making them and sale for profit.
Francesco,joints on my dome are interlocked and they just sit on on top of otther but they also have somme screws ,2 for each end of a strut that are on the lenght of it.But what keeps my dome together its the interlocking joints and 7 screws on the length of each strut.Il post pics with the joints in a few days .

I got them in romania.Id carefully remove at least somme part of the seed coating and look to see if the embrio its green ( somewhat similar to mango seeds).I know they were illegal in USA  and probably thats why people say they are irradiated.

I found seeds that sprouted in mangosteens from supermarket fridge shelf.They have bigger and smaller seeds and the bigger ones were allready germinated.I didnt grow them thogh.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is this tropical fruit tree?
« on: May 06, 2019, 03:52:42 AM »
Could be a specie of Cornus.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Geodesic dome greenhouse build
« on: May 05, 2019, 11:11:15 PM »
Buckminster Fullers reverse chimney effect for cooling.Sounds plausible and i will try somme experiments with it on my dome.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Giant Ameiva Lizards
« on: May 05, 2019, 09:32:54 PM »
Carps are routinely placed in the list of 100 worst alien species year after year by good reasons. They decrease the water quality, increase turbidiy (stirr sediments from the bottom) and outcompete with other native fishes for food and territory. They will gobble eggs from other fishes also if available.

> Best thing that could happen to paddlefish protection would be to have strong populations of flying carps around them

Big mistake
We are talking about the flying carps wich are filter feeders and pelagic fish not bottom.feeders ,not fish egg eaters.They eat just algae thats in excess in manny lakes because people dump organic matter into them wich leads to an acumulation of phosphorus that never leaves the ecosystem.Phosphorus its mainly found on Earth as calcium phosphate and the carps eat the algae and build their bones
 wich are made of calcium phosphate.The paddlefish altough it eats same food as the flying carps it has a cartilaginous skeleton that dissolves and releases back into the enviroment all the phosphates he ate in his life.

I would use heat exchange to a liquid just to transfer the heat from the stove to the GH ,in wich case i would have the stove mounted outside of the greenhouse for safety issues .As for condensing boiler,i never had one but i know verry well how it works and that its so.ething extra i could add to increase the efficiency.I know the water from condensation its slightly acid ( ph @5) and off course il use food grade stainless steel pipes from beer cooling barrels to make the condenser coil.I also have a good source of quite cheap titanium(TA2) condensers for just 50 dollars.First il nake the stove with the revolver like feeder and after that i will think at heat transfer solutions.I would like to use a stirling engine to direct drive the recirculating pump .It would be awesome just to make a fire and have an autonomous non electrical sistem to recirculate the water.

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