54 bar steep fall 30.20 0mph SSE dewpoint 18 Spring
First Quarter Moon of Growing
A 28 degree spread between 8:00 AM and right now. We still have patches of snow, but they lie now mostly in the shade or north facing slopes. The tulips, daffodils and iris should continue their growth. The magnolia buds look pregnant. Some of the garlic has broken the surface, about 7 bulbs. It’s starting.
The generator now sits on its little pad on the west wall of our garage. The electrician has been here all day. He cut into the garage wall with a reciprocating saw to splice the transfer switch into our electrical panel. This transfer switch plus a sensing device discovers a power outage, waits a beat or two to be sure the electricity is really off, then turns the generator on and transfers itself as the power source for the house. When the power comes back on, it senses that, too, then transfers the generator off-line and runs it a bit longer to cool it down and allow it to shut down smoothly.
It’s not ready to go, yet, however. The next step is to run the gas line from the new gas meter (not installed yet) up through the garage ceiling and down to the generator’s fuel intake. The next step after that is–pay for it.
The Megafarm hydroponics (the second and larger plastic tub) has begun to function, too. I filled the reservoir with seven gallons of nutrient solution, smoothed out a kink in the tubing connecting the pump. It needs to get set on a two hour cycle soon, but right now, I’m filling the growing bed and shutting the pump off by hand. It has a few lettuce plants and three tomato plants. This is all still experimental, but it feels like we’re headed in the right direction with it.
Kate has prepared snacks and drinks for the meeting tonight. All I have to do is meet and greet. Should be fun.