Aufin

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  1. Ive been thinking the same thing.....where is everybody, what's going on? Maybe the weather is keeping everybody inside not doing anything with their AP systems. Waiting for the many people who have said they are starting an iAVs system to post their progress.
  2. Any progress? How about an update.
  3. Would very much like to see how the Circle of Life project is progressing.
  4. Not familiar with the valve you chose. It looks much more high tech and more expensive than what I had in mind. This is what I use.....a simple ball valve. As to the sand, Gary D. needs to come along and help on that.
  5. I think your pump should do just fine. Put valves on your supply line at the points where each line feeds each bed. You will need to control how much water flows into each bed. In doing so, the water pressure will equalize along the entire length and each bed should get plenty of water. Probably take a little trial and error to get everything set just the way you want. Plus, the situation in each bed will change along the way as each bed matures, so the valves will help keep things under control. Also, register here https://www.havemoreforless.com/ for additional assistance.
  6. And strawberry milk? Pink cows? Have never seen any pink cows. Must be from magic pink unicorns.
  7. I want to clarify something. I might have given the impression I added the neem oil to the tank water. The full strength Neem Oil was sprinkled on the sand so it could drain down till the flood cycle started and rinse it through. And the fish are still doing just fine.
  8. Quite possibly you're right, Gary, but since I also saw some evidence on a tomato, I'm not taking any chances ...... the entire system got a light dosing of Neem Oil. I put about 5 oz Neem into approx 350 gallons water. Puts a sheen on the water, and one can certainly smell it, but the fish don't seem to mind. Wondering if the odor has any deterrent effect on the flying/creepy crawley critters normally found around the plants. Fed the herd this morning ...... they went after it as usual. Leftover beets getting pulled today, being replaced with a row of beans. Also going to sprinkle some okra starts amongst everything else. This is getting fun.
  9. Here's the most recent. Beans (already picked 5 times) and carrots in large bed, small bed - large broccoli heads have been picked, letting smaller bitesize clusters grow, small cabbage starters, next bed- small broccoli starters, onions down center hills in both narrow beds, and a few small beet plants that I haven't snatched out yet, soon to be replaced with another planting of beans when the starter seeds get a little taller/stronger. Spaced in all beds are a few tomatoes, some small okras, cucumbers and mums and marigolds.......and my team of security flamingos. Small bed in back by the fence has squash, cucumber and catnip. Blue barrel "sow's ear" is gone.
  10. Have you asked about any sand blasting sand? I ran into the same issue with "custom" mixes. I settled for a few yards of 6/20 coarse blasting sand. Might be a little bit outside the optimal envelope, but my setup has been working just fine with the 6/20.
  11. You won't be disappointed with your decision to revisit an iAVs system. I've been quite pleased with my decision to move away from "traditional" AP go strictly iAVs. The versatility with what can be grown and the ease of operation makes iAVs a no-brainer in my book. With my work I'm out of town for a few days a week. No longer do I worry about something clogging, overflows, etc. Hope you find time to get yours up and running soon. You won't be disappointed.
  12. The pic above was taken 4 Apr after a complete tear-down and replanting due to the nematodes. Today I harvested a very nice Broccoli and am on the fence about a couple tomatoes and cabbages. So, to the point, my beds have done a complete 180 turnaround since treating everything with Neem. The new bean plants and carrots are coming along nice, the broccoli, cabbage, tomato and onions I left in the beds during the treatment have made a complete turnaround and are starting to produce. I've also started planting companion plants such as marigolds, catnip, chives and lemongrass in and around the beds to help control pests as natural as possible (we'll see how that works out as summer progresses) along with a periodic inoculation with Neem, both as foliar spray and a Neem/water maintenance level mixture poured around the roots. The RKN's all but ruined everything and caused much trouble I don't want to go through again. A word of advice to anyone working with an iAVs system would be to inoculate any plant you bought from the nursery or big-box store and intend to put into the beds. Root Knot Nematodes are sneaky little bastards and can ride into your system in any plant soil (and survive the F/D cycles and proliferate) and cause a lot of problems before you figure out what's going on. So, everything I put into my beds from now on will be flooded with Neem and quarantined for a few days before being planted. If you find RKN's in your beds, treatment may not need be as drastic as I did, but my level of patience doesn't allow for much time consuming trial and error/wait and see procedures, so I did what I did for my own satisfaction. Taken today. 3 week old beans and carrots in larger bed, smaller bed plants went through the treatment and recovered. As soon as some seeds I'm sprouting get large enough, the Collards will get replaced. Eventually the marigolds and mums will be divided and planted in all 4 corners and along the edge rows of the beds. Mums and Marigolds are supposed to control nematodes. Don't know the radius of their influence, especially in a system that gets "rinsed" on a regular basis, so I'll "sprinkle" a few around. Plus, I enjoy the color splash, and they attract pollinators.
  13. If patience is a virtue, I guess I'm virtueless when it comes to growing things. Been keeping an eye on everything and seems my tomato plants are doing better. They're looking stronger with better color and a little new growth popping out. But..... I ran out of patience watching the potatoes. They also look better, but since they are a root crop I wanted to see if any were effected and get any effected spuds out of the system. I got a little over 5 pounds in just over 60 days from 4 plants. Don't know if that's good or bad, but I'm satisfied for now. Capped the drain from the small 2x4 ft. bed, filled with water and stirred neem oil in, and let it stand overnight. Don't expect any RootKnot 'Tode bastards can hold their breath that long. Everything's been reconnected and running. Replanted the small bed with spuds and keeping an eye on things. Hopefully veg sets will be in the stores soon so I can get things going again The fish show no I'll effects, colored up quite nice and running around pestering each other doing what I take as some kind of mating behavior. And they're eating everything I toss in for them. So, I'm guessing the Neem has done it's job. I intend to keep dosing my system with a small amount of Neem to deal with any eggs that may hatch as the growing season progresses. The larger bed is replanted with 2 rows of beans and 2 rows of carrots along the edges.
  14. Plenty of information here ..... http://iavs.info/ A Google search for "iAVs" will reveal other discussions on iAVs.