We got lots of flowers after we brought the plants in but we never seemed to get any peppers. While drinking coffee one Saturday morning and listening to our local radio garden program, we heard that if you bring a pepper plant in, you should give it a shake every once in a while to help it self-pollinate. Voila, peppers started appearing although some are small and malformed. I suspect that they were the victim of incomplete pollination. We just can't compete with the bees I guess. It's still really neat to be able to keep them going through the winter!
Our pressure pump came in today for the water system at the homestead. It's actually an RV replacement pump but I think it should work OK.
It's 12VDC and pumps 2.8 gpm at 45 psi. I'm tying it in between a 250 gallon storage tank (no lift) and a 32 gallon pressure tank so I think it won't cycle on and off too much. I'll be happy if we get a couple of years out of it. The house sized DC pumps available through the Renewable Energy websites are 8 to 10 times more expensive. I'd love to have one but can't justify the price right now. I can buy a whole bunch of rebuild kits for the ShurFlo (really cheap) for that kind of money.
I'm really enjoying the challenge of putting our off-grid systems together. I guess everybody needs a hobby! I wish there was more real-world info available to get ideas from. There used to be more but it seems to be drying up. A good example is Home Power magazine. They used to show ultra detailed schematic type system diagrams but now leave out a lot of the particulars. I suspect that this is either a protection from liability or the fledgling installation industry is trying to surpress this kind of information to ensure their job security. Oh well, the experimentation is still fun, as long as I don't burn down or flood out the house!