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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2014-06-28 12:03 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-06-28 11:07, wizzard419 wrote:
With the irrigation controller, I use rain machine, ...



http://www.rainmachine.com/index.html

This looks awesome! It's wifi enabled and adjusts watering based on local forecasts, temperature, and rainfall data.
Thanks for the heads up. I want one.


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wizzard419
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Posted: 2014-06-28 12:21 pm   Permalink

Yep, if you set up port forwarding you can also then control it when you're not home as well. That and it has an app that allows you to not have to be near the controller to do things.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Posted: 2014-06-28 12:40 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-06-28 12:03, Hakalugi wrote:
Quote:

On 2014-06-28 11:07, wizzard419 wrote:
With the irrigation controller, I use rain machine, ...



http://www.rainmachine.com/index.html

This looks awesome! It's wifi enabled and adjusts watering based on local forecasts, temperature, and rainfall data.
Thanks for the heads up. I want one.



It won't be of much use in California, since we have none of those weather or rainfall issues.


 
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wizzard419
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Posted: 2014-06-28 12:46 pm   Permalink

It actually is quite useful here, not only does it reduce output in rain or on cool days, it also bumps it up when it is hot and dry out (based on your microclimate).

 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2014-06-28 12:52 pm   Permalink

Wizzard, it looks like you've encouraged more folks than just me! Thanks for the hot tips. Everyone knows that wilted or dead mint plants suck. (Just had to throw that last thing in to relate back to the thread title, ha...)

 
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Greg_D_R
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Posted: 2014-06-28 2:48 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-06-26 19:27, wizzard419 wrote:
Wow... are you planting them in containers or something? I've never heard of someone needing to re-purchase mint every year. I keep mine in an isolated bed that has no ability to reach the regular soil and I usually end up ripping out all but a few plants just to let it take over again.



Correct. I buy them every year, let them grow for a couple of weeks before I start cutting off bunches for mai tai garnish. I don't have a flower bed or place to plant, though I could make one in the back yard. How does one make an isolated bed, especially one that would keep mint from getting out? Just curious.


 
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wizzard419
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Posted: 2014-06-28 3:26 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-06-28 14:48, Greg_D_R wrote:
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On 2014-06-26 19:27, wizzard419 wrote:
Wow... are you planting them in containers or something? I've never heard of someone needing to re-purchase mint every year. I keep mine in an isolated bed that has no ability to reach the regular soil and I usually end up ripping out all but a few plants just to let it take over again.



Correct. I buy them every year, let them grow for a couple of weeks before I start cutting off bunches for mai tai garnish. I don't have a flower bed or place to plant, though I could make one in the back yard. How does one make an isolated bed, especially one that would keep mint from getting out? Just curious.



Think of it like Alcatraz. You would need a bed with a physical barrier at the bottom and on a hard/solid surface surrounding it. Because mint spreads prolifically through even the tiniest of remnant you need to handle it in the same way you would handle an ecological threat. When I pull the mint I usually end up pulling a decently thick carpet of their roots as well.


 
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Greg_D_R
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Posted: 2014-06-29 12:44 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-06-28 15:26, wizzard419 wrote:

Think of it like Alcatraz. You would need a bed with a physical barrier at the bottom and on a hard/solid surface surrounding it. Because mint spreads prolifically through even the tiniest of remnant you need to handle it in the same way you would handle an ecological threat. When I pull the mint I usually end up pulling a decently thick carpet of their roots as well.



Aaaand that is why I re-buy potted plants every year Thanks guys, but I'm more of a craftsman than a farmer. I'd rather be cutting wood or wiring lights than digging rocks out of my backyard.


 
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