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Building your own Cold Frame

For gardeners, having a cold frame can really extend the growing season. Here are some simple directions for creating your own cold frame out of old windows. Hope you enjoy!
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Comment by Damon on October 22, 2013 at 5:18am

Did an interview last week with a listener who just finished building her aquaponic system before the cold New York winter hit.


Comment by Damon on October 22, 2013 at 5:16am

Hey, Karen, have you ever made goat milk cheese?

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Comment by Karen Wortman on October 21, 2013 at 7:47pm

Fall has finally arrived in our neck of the woods.  Very nice to have the cooler temps.  My festival schedule has kicked off now. I've attended two festivals over the last two weekends, have a soap making class this weekend, and then I'm booked every weekend until Thanksgiving.  Lots of Goat's Milk soap is being sold and I'm still making it.  Life is good!

Comment by Damon on October 21, 2013 at 3:45pm

Be careful with those ghost peppers, that's military-grade stuff!

Comment by Sam Burton on October 21, 2013 at 2:18pm

About 10 days ago, I noticed some peppers and tomatoes trying to make a comeback during a mild spell.  I took them into the greenhouse and wow are they ever producing.  My habaneros look like it's August instead of the end of October. I have hot peppers everywhere.  My Ghost peppers are going strong, but the most exciting is my Moruga Scorpions.  I haven't had one of those firecrackers in a month, but now I have several, plus more blossoms.  We're eating cherry tomatoes again, too. Love, love, love my greenhouse.

Comment by Sheri Schmeckpeper on October 17, 2013 at 11:55am

I agree about the effort on the shrimp, Sam. Because so many are interested in them, we want to be able to teach about them, and I don't teach what I don't experience.  We won't be growing them for the food benefit as much as the tank cleaning benefit. The food will be an added bonus. At least that's what I expect at this point in the game. We'll see!

Comment by Sam Burton on October 17, 2013 at 11:01am

Sounds like you're on your way, Damon.  For my larger systems, I use a barrel swirl filter, too.  For my greenhouse raft system I designed a single hybrid filter. It functions as a baffle solids filter and a bio filter all in one.  It works pretty well.  I'll try and get some pics.  I believe it won't be effective for a system with more than 150 gallon fish tank.

Sheri, good luck with the shrimp.  I think we're going to skip them for a while, after all.  The more I read, the more the effort/reward ration doesn't work for us.  We'll focus on our Tilapia and two varieties of crawfish for a while. 

Comment by Damon on October 16, 2013 at 11:59am

Finally getting some work done on my AP system. I have an IBC toe, cut in half, one for the fish one for the sump. I have two 55 gallon barrels cut in half for the grow beds. one 55 gallon barrel as a swirl filter. This way I can take the fish solids and use them as my main nitrogen source in the regular garden.

Where do you guy by the grow media?

Comment by Sheri Schmeckpeper on October 16, 2013 at 9:12am

No we haven't. Our system hasn't been set up for them and work has kept us from getting there. But...we're getting a batch in the next month, so I'll let you know how it goes. Others are doing it and having mixed success, depending on their AP setup.

We're not supposed to use crayfish because they're non-native and very invasive in our canals and lakes. They'd be easy to raise, though, I would think!

Comment by Sam Burton on October 16, 2013 at 8:59am

Hey, Sheri, I saw an article you wrote a year of so ago over on Aquaponics Source about shrimp.  Have you tried your hand at raising them?  If so, how did it go?  We are adding crayfish, but are investigating shrimp for next year.  Just wondering if you tried it?


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