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Vacuum Seeder Design

Vacuum Seeder Design

Vacuum seeders can speed the seed sowing process and save tedious work. We really like this seeder for crops like kale, cabbage, broccoli, and basil–species with small round seeds that are hard to handle. It does not work for crops like lettuce, but we have used it

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Double-layer Plastic Inflation with No Electricity

Double-layer Plastic Inflation with No Electricity

The Amish use a device to inflate the double walls of the plastic on their high tunnels that does not require electricity–it is wind driven. It has a cone or funnel to catch the wind, a pivot, and a vane to keep it directed into the wind (see

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Convection Tube Heating at Ground Level

Convection Tube Heating at Ground Level

Soil temperature is more critical for plant growth than air temperature. For example, growth of tomatoes will stall when the soil temperature is 56 degrees F or less, but begin to grow when the soil temperature hits 58 degrees F. Therefore, releasing heat energy at ground level

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