The mixture should be light, seedling mixes are a good choice. My current favorite is a 50-50 mix of Just Right Xtra and Just Right Lite. Add enough water to make a doughlike consistancy, and let set for 1-2 hours. The mix should be able to be pressed into balls and somewhat hold their shape.
Allow the cubes to dry and they will firm up. However, they will always be a bit fragile, and are much easier to break than commercially made cubes.
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! The fine folks over at UNO Horticultural Lighting were kind enough to send me a pair of very nice 4’x 4’x 6.5′ garden tents.
I really appreciated that they included instructions. Putting a tent together is one of those activities where thinking before acting comes in handy. I have put together “brand X” tents that came without instructions, and while it is simple enough once you get the idea, at least glancing at the directions can help.
This is the completed frame (above). Once you have the frame completed, it is time to cover it with the tent shell.
Relax. Start with the bottom. Unzip the door opening fully. Find the bottom section on the shell, and fit it to the frame. Then carefully work the rest of the shell over the frame. Don’t rush it, and don’t get frustrated. It fit easily and without trouble for me, but it is the sort of thing where if you fight it, it will fight you back.
This is one thing I’d look at when shopping for tents. This tent has lots of options for ventilation and cords. Other things to look closely at are the stitching, and quality of the zippers. I found these tents to be much better made than some of the “Brand X” tents on the market.
I was pleased with how easily they went together, and the quality of the materials used. I’m really looking forward to trying them out. With two tents, either one can be set to growth and the other flower, or tests can be run “head to head”.
Kiva finances microloans with local banks across the globe so folks can do things like get a loan to buy pig feed for the family farm.
A fund was set up from the sales of my two books, Grubbycup’s Simple Hydroponics (the simple one), and Grubbycup’s Garden Notes (the more advanced book). Thanks to Gentle Readers (like you), that fund is now one of the top 1% of lenders on Kiva. For that I thank you, and I’m pretty sure some folks who neither of us is ever going to meet thanks you as well.
I admit, I dislike the way the donation to Kiva is checked by default, but overall they seem to be doing good in places that can use some help.
This is why I never get bored. I sit down next to a soldering iron and a plain wooden box, and the next thing I know I’m playing with woodburning. I liked how it came out well enough to put a quick light coat of stain on it. One nice thing about this box is that it fits rolling papers almost exactly, which is very handy.