I bought these plant boxes and heating pads from Home depot and got free delivery. I was a little afraid that the boxes might be flimsy but so far I ‘m very impressed by the strength and rigidity of the boxes and dome covers. The boxes are strong enough to carry out to your garden for planting and the domes are substantial enough to place over plants out side to make a mini hot box/green house that should stand up to a small hail storm.
These staring boxes are not cheap! I spent about $135.00 for the 3 boxes and heating pads along some plant cells for the double box set up. Compared to the Jiffy seed starting plant boxes the difference is night and day. I can get a 2-3 years use of the Jiffy boxes at best before the cheap plastic starts breaking down. I’m not bashing the Jiffy boxes at $8-14 dollars they are a good buy especially for a starting gardener. These new boxes have a lot more height built into the domes compared to the Jiffy garden plant starting boxes. I’m still learning about when to start plants and last year most of my plants grew so tall in the Jiffy domes actually contained/stopped my plants from growing taller and stronger. My hope is I can start/grow plants that can grow to about the same as the plants I buy at the local plant stores.
I notice that the soil around my house is warming up and can be worked or at least is ready to be cleaned up and start prepping for Spring. I need to add some PVC framing around one of the long raised beds but with this mild winter it is nice to get an early start on prepping the beds for planting this year. Don’t get me wrong early planting in my area is starting most cole crops indoor with heat pads/lamps in March. This is a good time to clean out the garden, add soil/compost and get those seeds ordered you want to plant.
I have to clean up my mess of grape vines in order to have room for my greenhouse. It is my fault for letting the grape vines get out of control. If you have grape vines that are out of control the best time to cleanup/thin old grape vines is before they start putting on leaves. I can’t (kill) the grape vines as the more they are trimmed back the more they put on good healthy growth. Honestly cleaning out the old grape canes in winter and early spring produces more grapes in the fall. My grape vines are so thick they are a physical barrier to setting up the greenhouse. I have one more large Garbage bine to fill up with vines that should get most of the space cleared for the green house. Not a big problem but it is an issue and I needed to clean up the grape vines anyway.
I have a 4ft. x 4ft. raised bed to move to make room for the green house. I have some bark around that I’m going to place at the bottom of this raised bed when I move it to the new location. Sort of a modified Hügelkultur raised garden bed.
On the Gamestop/Reddit raid I’m totally for screwing the hedge fund/cooperate raiders that rape and run after destroying a business. Will I play they game? NOPE! I want something tangible and as they say possession is 9/10 of the law and the other side arguing you are wrong. I like buying/storing physical silver. It’s relatively cheap and costs nothing to own. It only costs you if you sell. I bought silver at all prices from $8.00 per ounce and as high as $35.00 per oz. I’m not buying silver to make money. I’m buying silver as an hedge against inflation. I would not mind taking a little bit off profit or paying off my mortgage if silver spikes up, but I’m not counting on that happening soon.
Get your basics on hand first. Food, water and heat. A/C might be a priority in your area but people can adjust to heat/humidity. Cold kills! You might love canning, I like drying food and freezing and that is all good for me as long as I have power. I don’t think that makes me wrong. I have just chosen a different focus for preserving food. The thing is some one will correct in all these areas of preservation and you can trade with others. Don’t get pissy about a certain way to prep. Embrace folks that do prep stuff that is different than you so you will have more options for trade. If some one can smoke fish/pork and you can dehydrate/can/pickle veggies. Why would you get upset about someone that did not follow what you did for preserving food?
Please all people concerned about the Covid please wear the mask, face shield or just stay home if you think the masses of unmasked people will infect you. If you wear a mask/face shield you are protected from those that don’t wear a mask. If you are so afraid of other people not wearing a mask I recommend you stay home. Your feelings are not my problem. Will I wear my face shield in stores and in a public gather place. Yep because I have a compromised immune system. Will I demand other people wear a mask because I have a compromised immune system. No, because I don’t trust other people to keep me safe. I have tools to keep me safe.
It boggles my mind that so many people attack other people for not wearing a mask. But if you are wearing a mask assure you are “safe” from the transmission of the Covid. If you are not safe what is the point of wearing a mask? Why should you care about other people that won’t wear a mask? I can’t imagine non-masking people are roaming nursing homes or stores in order to spread the covid. I’m not a big proponent of masks, But I like the face shields because the offer a physical barrier but you can still see people faces/ reactions. I have not caught the Covid but that might be just luck or it might just be I protected myself based on a rational assessment of my risk.
You can’t control what other people do, all you can control is what you do!