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  1. Happy Easter and Passover!


    Instead of ham (too salty) I made SV rib steak . Instead of matzo balls, I made matzo star of David. With asparagus and radish from my garden. 

    On grilled pineapple slices.







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  2. On 4/16/2019 at 10:29 AM, Shelby said:

    Just took a walk around the gardens.  


    Asparagus is up!  Be ready to eat in a few days.  I can't wait.




    Also up are some potatoes and many many onions.



    What I have done.


    I use a large sheet of  clear greenhouse plastic to cover the asparagus plot early in the spring. The sun warms up the soil, and I can get two to three weeks earlier asparagus.




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  3. 1 hour ago, BeeZee said:

    Part of my job involves the management of sound. All sound can be controlled and engineered to optimize whatever "effect" you choose the patrons to experience. The high end restaurants who hire Architects who include acoustic studies do a good job of this. Very few spend the money. They are more interested in durable, easy to clean surfaces...which are hard. Which reflect sound in an unpleasant way.


    I still think expensive rent, health department inspections in city environment require  highly packed seating and hard reflective surfaces for cleaning.


    That's why you don't frequently find noisy restaurants in suburban areas. 



  4. 6 hours ago, TicTac said:

    Question for @dcarch (saw him doing it) and others who use this method - I would think that after using a seedling tray (36) the next step might be some plastic cups (perhaps their final place of rest prior to being put outside).  Are you putting any material at the bottom to provide some drainage, or all soil?


    My method is very simple.

    Cheap soft drink plastic cups. I use a soldering iron to burn a few hole on the bottom and fill the cups with fine potting soil. Seems to drain very well.


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  5. Spring Into Action


    Finally, spring is here. Picked some asparagus from the garden.




    Giant humongous Corona beans, pork chops and asparagus from the garden274543901_Coronabeansporkchopsasparagus2.thumb.jpg.880c4b5b37806e3e3b2b2cd0807eb4f4.jpg



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  6. 1 hour ago, KennethT said:

    Not necessarily. It depends on the driver. I can dim my Fluence light down to 10% or maybe lower (I haven't tried less than 10%).


    ETA: LEDs brightness is actually dependent on the current flowing through it, not the voltage across it.  The voltage drop across the LED is pretty constant (and you're right, there is a minimum voltage below which it won't turn on), but the driver varies the brightness by shoving different amounts of current through it, not varying the voltage across it.



    Isn't it also true that the amount of current that can go thru a device will also be dependent on the R value, as well as voltage? You can take a 12v LED (or any light bulb for that matter) and hook it up to a 1000 amp 12v battery without burning out the LED. Yes, you can in fact vary the brightness of any bulb type by varying the currant at constant voltage using a PWM circuit design. That's one of the reasons why many LEDs flicker. 









  7. 40 minutes ago, KennethT said:

    Are these cobs dimmable?


    All LEDs require a minimum voltage to fire. Therefore no LEDs can be dimmed like incandescent bulbs.

    That said, COB LEDs can be dimmed to some degree. down to 30%? Not sure.



  8. 5 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

    Starting from household laundry bleach, what would be a good dilution for sanitizing my Click & Grow growing unit?  I seem to have a fungus problem.



    Hydrogen peroxide. Not sure about dilution proportion.




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  9. Doing The Rounds

    Top rounds are tough cuts of beef, but they are very reasonably priced. 


    Found some at $1.99 a lb

    SVed at 131F for 48 hours. Not bad. Tasty tender beef  for $1.99 a lb, no bones and no fat. 





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  10. 2 hours ago, Shelby said:

    I've been looking into weed control for our asparagus patch.  Our asparagus is probably at least 13 years old by now and has spread out a lot.  I am always very very very scared to apply herbicides --and thank goodness I looked into the one Ronnie was thinking about using.  Anyway, in researching I've run across people that swear by using either rock salt or table salt.  They sprinkle it all over the patch in early spring before anything emerges.  Anyone have any experience with this?


    I kind of  feel that this year's weeds will be next year's compost fertilizer.  I don't go too crazy weeding.


    Are there proofs that weeds can significantly decrease asparagus production? 


    If the weeds compete with asparagus in soil nutrients, I just pour more fertilizer. Takes a lot less time.


    I weed some to give more room to edible weeds such as purslane, violets, etc.





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  11. These green things seem happy with my DIY LED lights.

    Look forward to BLTs on Memorial Day. :B




    It's a jungle!



    Most Almost all have blossoms already Many have bloomed.



    Ground cherries are blooming



    Little okras have blossoms too.


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  12. The once-a-year sous vided corned beef. It was very good. But the potatoes with crispy corned beef fat cracklings were even more memorable. Actually better than bacon with potatoes.










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  13. As a single guy, with a possible change in your career direction soon, if I were you, I would put my first priority in consideration on returns on my real estate investment.

    Then suitability of needs would be my second priority. With a little luck, the two priories may coincide.

    If you get a big raise, that's when you will be looking for your ultimate dream house.






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