Bananas

The banana plant that I thought that I had killed over winter has put up three new shoots around the dead central plant. and is doing very well.  Here are a couple of photos of the plant that I took a week ago.

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The new seeds that I bought have also started to sprout and they are in pots on the window ledge.  Incidently the bird of paradise seeds that I bought in 2006 have left me with one remaining plant that lives in our living room.

More seed planting

My chilli seeds that I planted months ago have sprouted but not really done much since then so they are now in the shed under a couple of 2foot strip lights, as are the chilli plants that I boughton ebay (dorset naga, red habanero, birds eye & scotch bonnet) and they all seem to be appreciating the extra light. To ensure that they don’t get too cold in the shed I have built a small box around them out of some spare hard board which I have lined with silver bubble wrap insulation. I have also planted some salad leaves, but have brought then inside to give then a head start.

As I didn’t look after my banana plants very well over winter and they all died I have bought some more seeds and have just planted them in the hope that they will sprout, grow and I will manage to get them to survive the winter this year!

General Rambling

‘On Call’ at work can generally mean one of to things firstly it can be a lot of work for not enough pay or secondly it can be a lot of getting paid a bit for sitting around, drinking coffee and surfing the internet. Fortunately today falls into the latter category.

My time has been spent researching a new, bigger, brighter and altogether better bike light that will be similar to bolting the sun onto the front of my bike. I plan to take 6 ssc p4 LEDs and drive them with a maxflex (from www.taskled.com). The first challenge will be to find a suitable method of mounting and heatsinking the LEDs. Once the new bar light is made and mounted I will be looking at a way of putting my 2 ssc p4 LED light onto my helmet.

As spring is approaching and I have started to get the allotment in order I am now considering my position regarding a greenhouse. Currently I have got a lean-to greenhouse at the end of the garden. As this is made of standard glass it has to be removed before this coming summer as it will cause a massive hazard to my daughter, who by that time will be walking. So I plan to replace it with a greenhouse glazed with polycarbonate so that when she runs into it there is no risk of it shattering and cutting her. I would like to try to provide some heating for the greenhouse so have been looking into the idea of creating a heatsink to store some of the daytime heat to be released over night, which might hopefully extend the growing season a little bit. I have erected a stake in the garden that represents the corner of a 6’x4′ greenhouse and I think that I will be able to justify that space.

To start my chillies off this year I am considering sprouting the seeds inside or in a heated propagator and then growing them on in the shed until the conditions in the garden (or new greenhouse) are suitable. To grow the plants in the shed I will have to construct an artificially light grow box, probably with some strip lights out of a fish tank and possibly a heat mat to provide some warmth.

Baby led weaning is the current topic of conversation in our house as we start to introduce Amber to real food. As can be seen it is a rather messy experience. 11026

LED Bike Light

Having found myself to be quite jelous of my friend who has just bought himself a Lupine Betty and a couple of my other mates who have got lights from the very slick U.S.E. Exposure range I deceided that I wanted a nice bright light but was not willing to pay the £300-£600 of a Betty or Exposure light.The obvious answer was to make one from scratch as the Exposure Race Maxx costs £230 and has two Seoul Semiconductor P4 LEDs which on their own cost approximatle £6 each.

After much surfing I found two designs. One a very nice solution involves modifying a maglite and another by making lights out of copper pipe end caps. I choose to make a copy of one of these http://bikeled.org/

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