I made the (long ago) promised sticky page, just waiting for ADMIN to make it a sticky. Please don't post on that thread, rather if you have links you want added please post them here OR dmail them to me and I will add them (please allow a day or two for me to make the time to update the HTML file) =º)
I've only posted some of my links, not all so I hope to get more listed in the near future. Any suggestions are welcome!!
I'll bump this thread when I update the sticky link so everyone will know when new info is added.
yup, bit the bullet my self and installed a new window unit in my playhouse. Decided it was best to run my grow lights at night now and a/c during the warmest hours so I can continue to work and not melt! LOL.
10pm now and it's still 85º inside. I'm worried about the rest of the week. The Yahoo forecast calls for 104º on Friday. But it also says our town was in the high 90's (97º) but I can tell you that it most definitely was not, it was closer to 105 today so by those calculations, does that mean we'll be 112º?
We've had some days hovering in the 114 range - so I'm not looking forward to the rest of the week.
Oh girl look at that humidity level too! Goodness...it does get hot here but the humidity usually stays pretty low so it doesn't feel quite as hot.
Of course once your temps reach 100's hot is just HOT...lol
Our forecast for the next week is back up into the 100's.:( again,but me & most of my babies will be in the cool air conditioned house.
Keeping on topic of sorts... I bought a bunch of rexes & added a light stand for them, too.:) They do well in the house.
I doubt the yahoo humidity reading is correct (maybe for the coast near us), I had 20% on my digital thermometer on Sunday.
I really wonder where they get that info but I'm going by my reading since I know it did not feel like 50%, dry as a darn bone here!
Here's a Humidity Tip
Double pot your Rexie.
Put the Rexie in a clay pot the size of the root ball, and put that pot in a larger pot. Fill the area underneath and around the small pot with something like peat moss. Keep wetting down the peat moss and the evaporation from the peat moss will increases the humidity around the rexie.
If only I had room to double pot everyone!! pebble trays it is.
Wonderful info & like you, since I'm growing most everything in the house...room is an issue. I plan to use the 2 ~30gal aquariums w/pebble base for growing the rexes in ...at least for now. It will at least keep me from returning to an old addiction...( MsC crossing fingers & toes)
I just read Brads article on taking advice...lol
Wonder if we could add that to the AV forum stickey as well.lol
Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
It's a nice reprieve from the sweltering heat. It's only 88º here now. Humidity reads 47% in my playhouse. It's very 'sultry', even muggy outside and overcast. Not at all like the oven it's been the last few days.
At first I thought the cloud cover was from the HWY 29 fire up over the hills from us on the Lake/Napa county line. Some arsonist is apparently getting their thrills by setting fires up there.
I was in Napa about an hour ago and it was 97º - RARELY is it cooler up here than it is down there, as they sit right near the bay.
MsC, Most of my begonias go outside during the summer, I get enough humidity if I water early enough in the day and so long as they have plenty of bark under them, it's the winter that I worry about. That's when I reach capacity! Greenhouse overflows as does the playhouse.
There will be some succulents going outside from the greenhouse this year. I had duplicates that I left out over last winter and they did just fine. So I'll only keep the most tender in this coming winter.
That's great to know you can grow yours outdoors in the summer. I'm still a little shy about the rexes going out but I have 3 larger cane types and some angel wings outside now & all are doing "ok". They are all blooming but look pretty sad.
Hubby & I are going to add a misting unit to the "temp greenhouse" we set up for a few tropicals I just HAD to bring to the high desert. "big sigh"
Sometimes I feel so selfish & feel like if I really loved my plants I would have left them behind to a better home.Oh well they are here & I'm happy...lol
It will take sometime to learn the best way to deal with things in my new place...I guess I gotta grieve before I grow.:)
MsC -go have a visit to the greenhouse forum - someone was discussing the misting system they installed for seedlings/cuttings. The timers aren't cheap nor is the leaf (contraption used to measure moisture level to determine when to mist) but might be worth it.
I'll see if I can find the link, I was quite intrigued and wanted to create a set up when we build our new greenhouse that has a cutting bench with this kind of thing. ( I say 'our' greenhouse but really the DH isn't interested in plants! LOL)
Wow, That's quite a set up... I don't think I want to go that far , not here anyway.
We bought a "Patio Mister" for the tent we have set up. The tent was intended to give shade as I have one tree in the yard .I thought I might be able to create enough humidity by spraying down the plants & concrete patio a couple of times a day. So far the plants are doing better than the ones out front who get only shade.
The one problem I will have here is the water tends to plug up the mister values pretty quick but for now it's better than nothing.
If we stay here more than the 2 years contract we signed then we will build a medium size greenhouse for sure.:)
Thanks for posting the thread.
I looked at the patio mister yesterday at HD, but figured I'd need a double set or something a bit more elaborate.
When you say the values plug up is that due to hard water? Might be trouble if so, I have pretty hard water.
Yes, that's what we bought, too. it'll do for now.
Yep,the water here is medium hardas well but not really too bad.
If it clogs it up a lot, I will just soak them in some CLR.
I will have to wait & see if I'm gonna need an osmosis kit just for the plants.
The up side to it is the birdies are getting more minerals tahn salt in their diet..lol
ok, I cant' find the other, but I thought I did two. I also started updating the gesneriad sticky and maybe that's where I added the other links that I'm thinking of. I can't recall...
(p.s. photo above is b. 'Black Taffeta')
For the ease of things, your suggestion about links at the top will be the best. What I can do is have a section at the beginning that says 'Here's what's new since the last update' and then list the newest links.
Then put said links in their rightful catagory too.
I can't do any special HTML other than what we can do in regular posts, but it would be nice to have some override powers to do things like a big red asterisk next to new links etc. I'll ask admin what else they will allow.
I noticed that in the classified adds section that some of the newer ads have more leeway with HTML within the post. Would be nice to be able to do that in the sticky links.
I love Whimsy's site, that lath house inspires for sure!!!