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Monthly update 01/08/2020

Well, a lot has happened this month.Firstly, I made another big mistake this month, the mistake I made was the incorrect ratio of liquid fertiliser to water I mixed together.I miscalculated the ratio of liquid fertiliser to water and caused some damage to the chillis.The symptoms started showing a few days after I had used the fertiliser mix, the chilli plants first started to wilt a little more than normal at night,  then some discolouration appeared on the leaves a couple of days later, the discolouration got quite bad before I realised my mistake and rectified the issue. It was a friend, Richard Mount that provided me with a link to a website that helped me to spot the issue.yara.co.uk…
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Monthly Update 28/06/2020

I am starting to believe I have the settings dialled in perfectly on the control system. My chilli plants are growing fast and looking great. There is still an ongoing issue with high temperatures during really hot days even in England. I think the only way to rectify this maybe to look into putting in automatic vents in the roof swell as having the automated window opener. I have ordered some serious 12V blower fans that will hopefully be able to pull in more cooler air from outside, they should be arriving in the next few weeks, so they may help with the heat. The new watering system is showing no signs of Algae in the water container, and the system…
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Automatic Window opener

Although I live in England the inside of the shed is still getting to hot. Up until now I have been manually opening the windows on the shed to let a little air in. Thats is just too much effort for a lazy gardener like myself. Looking online I found what I needed. The window opener is quite a simple device but works great, its a large hinge fitted with a piston filled with wax. When the wax heats up the it expands and moves the piston which opens the window. The version I have has a nut you can use to adjust the temperature at which it will start opening the window. They are designed for glass greenhouses but…
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Watering System Update

Well, my original plan did not work as well as expected. The plants water fine but the water storage container and water recycling system is a no go. The issue I have been getting is that the water picks up so may particles from the soil, tiny bits of dirt, plant matter etc. When it returns to the storage container it a little mirky, this was manageable until you take into account the grow lights. The grow lights turned the clear plastic water container into a petri dish, I was actualy cultivating more Algae than I was chillis. To rectify this  I had to get rid of the clear plastic container, and find a way to water the plants and…
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A Big Mistake

I made a big mistake and managed to kill off 3 out of my 4 chilli plants by being a prat. Everything was setup and working fine, they were growing ok,  if a little small. I put the reduced growth down to a lack of sunlight inside the shed so purchased some better grow lights for the system. What I had not taken into account was the hot wether we were about to get. I installed the lights, set them up to run 12 hours a day and patted myself on the back for a job well done. Two days later we had one of the hottest 2 weeks on record for May. The new lights along with the sunlight…
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