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We kept a couple of male mini-lops in the small CT greenhouse one brutal winter and the ammonia buildup was problematic and required extra ventilation. I'd guess it was a zero-sum game.
Quote from: CG100 on December 22, 2022, 12:09:18 AMGold is everywhere in electronics
Worked for a firm that made and installed semiconductor processing equipment at the old Fairchild/National/TI fab in Danbury CT back in the 1970s and early 1980s (long gone). One of our coworkers always volunteered to work late at night and early in the morning.  He was arrested for going into the gold vacuum sputtering room and collecting gold from the machinery and cleanroom surfaces.
 "glitter with little practical use"

A small amount of gold is used in almost every sophisticated electronic device and is widely used in the aerospace and glass and medical industries.
Quote from: Judy Glattstein on December 20, 2022, 11:47:18 AM"at appropriate temperature before it drops even more at night."  We keep the greenhouse here "frost free"... AKA... thermostat at 35F/1C. Tropicals spend the winter in the house... disasters have occured.

setting its thermostat so it just comes on at the appropriate temperature before it drops even more at night. T
David... We use propane gas to heat the greenhouse. The last delivery worked out to $.11 USD per KWH and factoring in the heater efficiency, $.13 USD or about 10.7 pence sterling per KWH.
QUANGO... fascinating term/acronym, new to me. Thanks. Here in the USA, they swarm mostly in the Washington DC swamp.
David, what does a KWH cost in Blackpool? Here in Northeast North Carolina USA, it is about 9.5 pence sterling or $0.12 US dollar.
Has anyone tried a liquid smoke treatment?  Related:
Mystery Bulbs / Re: Moraea aristata
October 02, 2022, 08:10:41 AM
Goldblatt in 'The Moreas of Southern Africa' writes that Aristata can be distinguished from Villosa by its glabrous leaf and stem.
Quote from: janemcgary on August 11, 2022, 01:30:57 PM"The problem is not the cost, but the fact that reliable, skilled (or teachable) garden assistants do not exist in this area"
Have you tried contacting  4-H or FFA chapters or a local magnet ag high school?
General Discussion / Re: Plants in the News
June 22, 2022, 11:17:36 AM
In the news today...

"Warning: Aroids may be habit-forming.

Recently, aroid-tattooed next-generation gardeners have been showing up at Plant Delights Nursery open houses in North Carolina, something that Tony Avent, the nursery's founder, credits to the current houseplant craze."
General Discussion / Re: Plants in the News
June 21, 2022, 09:49:59 AM
" While Poseidon's Ribbon Weed is a clonal species, the plant is not interconnected as Aspen groves are. Aspen groves are not made of multiple plants, but rather gargantuan root networks intertwining beneath tens of thousands of genetically identical trees over hundreds of acres."
Vocational Schools nearby?  I'm assuming this is extruded "twinwall" polycarb panels. I'd use a high-grade RTV polycarb adhesive to "scab" extensions onto the short panels.