Thunderstorms, PVC, and a Germination Station

We finally got rain.  It moved in beautifully around 8:30 am or so and gave the growing plants a nice drink.

While it was raining, I was inside the shed working on fixing an old fluorescent light that was laying around in another shed at the school.  It didn’t have a receptor plug so I had picked one up at home depot earlier.

Note: Be sure to gauge how thick the wires are.  The first plug I used was too small and I had to make another trip to home depot because I didn’t check the first time.  But, that light with the housing and bulbs would have easily run more than forty dollars. It just goes to show that repairing things is almost always the better option.

5 Dollars and 15 minutes later Voila!

Now I am able to grow seeds in a more controlled environment and get some transplants started for spring planting!

Two hours later, it looked like it had never even sprinkled…

The rain loosened up the soil long enough for me to dig a PVC trench to run water to the washing station.  This is where all vegetables harvested on the farm go immediately after picking for a cool water bath and an air dry.  We don’t use pesticides or herbicides so the only thing we are washing off is good ol’ soil.

This led up to a hand washing terminal that will keep us sanitary.  I haven’t built the station yet so it isn’t operational.  (It will have a bucket for a drain so we can put the used water out in the compost or for other plants. No wasted water here)

That PVC line also rocks a quick release overhead sprayer that will be able to get those hard to reach areas on vegetables with a good blast of agua.

I still am working on building the washing station complete with draining tubs but those should be up and going within a week or so.

Well…Back to the farm,

Farmer Tuley

About ideadonnafarm

I am the resident farmer for IDEA Public Schools in Donna, Texas. I, along with the students, tend an acre right on the school grounds. The things I grow go straight to the students plate, fresh and healthy. This blog is about the projects, ideas (pun), and all around happenings on the IDEA Donna farm. If you live in the area and want to help out, feel free to email me at
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2 Responses to Thunderstorms, PVC, and a Germination Station

  1. Jacob Herbold says:

    You’ve really become a go-getter. I’m proud of you old friend. We’re going to have to visit sometime and check it all out. Organic gardening is great for those students on so many levels!

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