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Automated Microgreen Bottom Watering System – DIY

We finally made the investment in automating our microgreen growing set up and it has demonstrated immediate time savings of several hours a week (and we’re a small scale grower).

Prior to building this system we had all of our germinated 1020 shallow trays with their own white, leak-proof bottom watering tray. This, not surprisingly, requires a human to lift up each micro tray, and fill up the bottom watering tray with a hose – sometimes up to 3 times a day when it was hot! Talk about a giant time-waster!

The reason we went with bottom watering in the first place is Continue reading Automated Microgreen Bottom Watering System – DIY

DIY: Build Your Own Automated Misting Bed

So you’ve finally gotten that piece of land to start your homestead, you’ve done your site plan and installed your mainframe earthworks. Now its time to plant!

But wait, all of those plants cost money! And not just pocket  change, but some serious dough! If each fruit tree you plant also needs a comfrey, two perennial culinary herbs, a groundcover and a perennial flower you’re looking at a hefty plant bill really fast.

Even small earthworks on small properties have room (especially with a permaculturist’s eye) for hundreds, if not thousands of understory plantings. Groundcovers, herbs, flowers, shrubs, berries, vines – you name it, we can always fit one more plant!

If you’ve looked at retail prices for plants like these it becomes quickly obvious that even to minimally plant a 10′ x 10′ area you could be looking at hundreds of dollars in plant costs.

Thats where the value of propagating your own plants really comes into play.  Its literally like printing money!

In this post I’ll show you how I built one of the key elements in our homestead-scale nursery, the automated misting bed, to allow us to propagate valuable plants by the thousands for planting out a developing farm. Continue reading DIY: Build Your Own Automated Misting Bed