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Grow your own pineapple

Well, ok, maybe 🙂 I’ve never done this before, so my daughter and I thought we’d give it a go as we have a couple of pineapples to be eaten this weekend. The top had already been cut off, so … Continue reading

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Trailure Failure

It is alleged that there is an ancient Chinese curse that translates as “May you live in interesting times”. On Wednesday, I certainly had “interesting times” 🙂 My father-in-law had asked me to help him take his old freezer to … Continue reading

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My greenhouse vent opener may be an antique

I removed one of the openers for the greenhouse vents. Amazingly the company that made it (Thermoforce) is still around, so I emailed to ask if they could help with spares. Sadly they couldn’t. A very polite response came back … Continue reading

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Almost there with the no dig greenhouse

All the glazing is now done on the new greenhouse; vents and the door are fitted and only a few small jobs remain. The most important issue for the moment is probably that the door can flap about (yes, that … Continue reading

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Composting the no dig greenhouse

As the greenhouse only has a single door, it was clearly going to be easier to get the compost onto the ground before the frame was in place, so my daughter and I spent a happy morning in the sun … Continue reading

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Return of the “no dig” greenhouse

Last December I posted about setting up a new (to me) greenhouse, but thanks to the fact that it’s barely been possible to stand up outdoors for the last couple of months (unless it’s only possible to stand up because … Continue reading

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So it turns out I am not Batman

This winter in my particular corner of deepest, darkest west Somerset it has rained. And rained. And rained. For a brief change we had some snow! And then rained a bit more. So much that my greenhouse flooded thanks to … Continue reading

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Robert Brown Focuser Controller build, step by step #7

I think it must be a short somewhere between some of the tracks. This evening I’ve built a new board from the ground up, plugged in the same Nano and stepper driver and it’s running “blink” fine. A small part … Continue reading

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Robert Brown Focuser Controller build, step by step #6

Having finished the circuit board I plugged in the Nano and motor controller and connected it to a USB port (without any other power source connected). The power LED lit on the Nano, but nothing else happened and I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Robert Brown Focuser Controller build, step by step #5

I now have almost all the components in place. The large diode at the top left wasn’t in the original plan I worked from. That’s the reverse voltage protection diode. Obviously no-one, least of all me, is ever going to … Continue reading

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