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  1. KennethT

    Gardening: (2016– )

    @dcarch Very nice! You probably don't need to verify for seedlings, but rather than looking at it from a brightness scale, the best thing to do is to get a PAR sensor to check PPFD at plant level. Apogee makes great, affordable sensors that you can plug into a USB port on your computer and read the value using their free software.
  2. While I have no experience with professional pastry or food of any kind, I have a lot of experience running a labor intensive factory. If equipment is too expensive, I'd start by trying to get the most out of your team. First, break down your process into small chunks. Labels on bags can be one operation, adding silica another, product, sealing etc. Then divide your staff so one person does one job at a time and batch your work so each step is very repetitive. That's part of the key - the repetitive motions will get refined over time and will go much faster. The other issue is employee motivation. I find nothing motivates people doing boring repetitive work like money. We use an incentive system that is quite effective in getting the most out of our employees and keeps wasted time and motions to a minimum. Basically you create a realistic rate for each job. The rate should seem impossible to a new employee who is all thumbs, but an experienced, motivated worker can do 20% more than the rate. In addition to the base rate of pay, you pay extra for production that is faster than the rate, but the quality of the work can't suffer for it. But, if the worker does 5 hours worth of work (according to the rate) in say 4 hours, they would be paid for 4 hours + 1 hour production bonus.
  3. KennethT

    Gardening: (2016– )

    zip lock bags work well... anything to keep the humidity in, really...
  4. KennethT

    Gardening: (2016– )

    It doesn't hurt to have one of those cheap $7 temp/humidity readers you find on Amazon - if you have kids, it's a "fun" project to check humidity and if it's too dry, mist away! Also, in the tent, a cheap way to raise humidity is to hang wet towels from the ceiling or even better, blow a fan on them. Most LED grow lights produce no UV, unless they say that they are supposed to make UV. Not only that, but an 80W LED isn't that bright - I have a 200W one in the middle of my living room hanging from the ceiling shining down on my lime tree... only one person (who everyone thinks is hypersensitive) ever remarked about it - she said "arrgghh... it's burning my retinas!", but really, it's not THAT bright... now the monster I have in my grow tent is another story! It's a 550W beast that puts out almost 1400 umol/m2/s!!!! (translation, it's really really bright). Sometimes people will use special grow glasses when using the magenta colored LED lights - the purpose of which is to try to normalize the color which makes inspection (looking for pests, nutrient deficiency, etc) easier... but not needed for normal pruning, trimming harvest, etc unless you're bothered by it.
  5. KennethT

    Gardening: (2016– )

    Plastic wrap is ok - anything that keeps in the moisture... otherwise, when it's so dry out, the surface dries out pretty quickly - so it just makes it so you don't have to spray 5x a day. A lot of pro growers germinate their seeds in a humidor - many times, a rolling cart with shelves that can be sealed and humidity/temp controlled. I've typically read that you want 90-100% humidity prior to germination, then once sprouted, I think 70% RH is good so they don't get too much shock - the problem is that seedlings don't have a root system to deal with lots of transpiration which is needed with low humidity, so in order to not stress teh plant out, a higher humidity mitigates the need for lots of transpiration.
  6. KennethT

    Gardening: (2016– )

    @TicTac Nice... Do your seedling trays have a humidity dome? If not, maybe consider a humidifier for your tent as it can be really dry right now - my tent had a RH of about 30%, which is horrible for just about everything except for ripening, ahem, certain flowers, so I have a humidifier attached to an Arduino and RH sensor to keep humidity about 70% while starting my seeds... Once everything gets going, I'll dial the humidity down to 50-60%...
  7. KennethT

    Dinner 2019

    A nice light dinner tonight.... Laab salmon sashimi, served with sticky rice
  8. KennethT

    Gardening: (2016– )

    I belong to a few FB gardening groups (mostly hydro but many grow outdoors), and many people put a heavy pole on each side of the row and string a wire between them. Then you tie a string from the base of each plant to the horizontal string and train the tomato plants up. You can secure the plants with a tomato clip, or just wrap the string around the plant at each truss. Google greenhouse tomato farming - that's how the pros usually do it.
  9. Do they come a particular region? I wonder if they come from Yunnan, somewhere else or all over...
  10. @TicTac and @liuzhou Wow! That is crazy cheap... around here they're about $50/pound!
  11. KennethT

    Dinner 2019

    @liuzhou Do they have fresh morels in China or are they dried (or imported)? ETA: please disregard this... I just saw your other post!
  12. I would assume it would. Plus, commercial rates differ from residential.
  13. KennethT

    Wine Refrigerator

    We have a Eurocave - we must have gotten it at least 10 years ago... still works perfectly. Ours holds like 240 bottles - and we have the version with a solid door - we actually paid a bit extra to get it clad with hardwood - after it came in, I stained it and oiled it so it looks like an armoire in the middle of our living room. And it's super quiet - you never hear it.
  14. I also loathe yogurt, but like raita... but that comes from my parents having take medicine (like an antibiotic) crushed up in a spoonful of yogurt... and just looking at cottage cheese makes me a little sick to my stomach!
  15. I'll echo those thoughts - I appreciate the time spent in posting this!!! Thank you!
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