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#1 Helvete

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 03:23 AM

Hey everyone

 

I haven't been online much in the last 6 months.  I moved from Virginia to Alaska last year and have been working on getting myself settled here.

 

 

 

If you don't know me...you might be thinking it's a little crazy trying to grow tropical plants in a subarctic climate...but I've been growing gardens and farming in the south most of my life so it's not a mystery to me how to make it happen.  In fact, many many world record fruits and vegetables have been grown in Alaska.  (hint: it's the summer sun)   ...unfortunately peppers don't seem to respond well to the outdoor light stress when they're trying to bloom. 

 

Fortunately, I know how to grow inside all the time.

 

A few years ago I really got into growing indoors using aquaponics...the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.  All throughout this site I've posted a lot of information about the systems I used with koi in the basement back in VA. 

 

I've always loved hot food, my dad raised me on something he called "blazin saddles" that was essentially chili made out of leftovers...spaghetti...Chinese food...cornbread...  Just make it into a spicy mess and call it chili.

 

I had grown hot peppers before and the prospect of growing them indoors using fish waste water prompted me to buy some Thai plants and some habaneros.  They did ok, not the best and I was learning a lot about lighting and nutrients and...aphidpocalypses.  It can often be a struggle when trying new types of gardening but it helps me adapt to new ideas and techniques.

 

Now several years later I have many adult plants with me in Alaska...most of them I actually mailed to myself.  The oldest plants I have with me are already in their third year.  They're inside for now in my grow tent set up in my room...enduring the 6 months of ice we have here.

 

I have a 3X3X6 feet Apollo grow tent, I bought it for about $100 online and it's fantastic compared to the homemade one I was using before.

 

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This week I'm going to be spending some time making a video or two about what I'm doing this year and let you guys meet some of my adult plants.  And of course I'll be taking some pictures for everyone.

 

Meanwhile, in Alaska:

 

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My current grow list:

 

  • 7 Pot Primo X Bhut Jolokia Yellow
  • 7 Pot Jonah X Naga Viper (F4)
  • Fatalii
  • Orange Manzano
  • Yucatan White Habanero

 

I'll also eventually include some of the toxic plants that I grow as a hobby in this glog including mandrake, belladonna, and wormwood.

 

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

 


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Posted 01 March 2016 - 07:52 AM

Youre in Alaska!Wow never had the notion to go there...i hope all is well and wish you the best on your grow.

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 11:21 AM

Rock on! Wish I could pick up and move up there, always been a dream of mine. Looking forward to following your grow

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 11:45 AM

Looks like my backyard right now :)

Good luck on the Grow :)



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 01:56 PM

eager to see how it goes!



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 10:34 PM

Ok so here's a video and a few photos from my grow right now.

 

 

 

 

this is the Yucatan White Habanero, it's a third year plant and it's become more of a bonchi, it's probably going to be blooming in the next week hardcore

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this handsome fella is a 7 Pot Primo X Bhut Jolokia Yellow.  it's in its second year and is doing very nicely

 

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this one is the mother Fatalii in its third year, I had it in my carry on during my flights up here.  It's so bushy that I was having some serious air flow and dampening issues before I was ventilating the tent enough.  This plant is going to be very happy once I get it outside.

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This is two Orange Manzano plants (C. pubescens) I started back in October or so.  They're plugging along, one might push out a premature flower soon.  This species has purple blooms and I've never grown them before.

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I'm doing a lot of maintenance pruning and the like recently so I'm thinking of doing another video on that.


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 04:31 AM

I repotted the old Yucatan white habanero today and got (most of) a video.  This plant is a 3rd season Bonchi that I mailed to myself across the continent.

 


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Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:38 AM

Me n the kids

 

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It was 49ºF today so I let them get some of the natural light, they're loving it and the one I just repotted has already grown by about 50%


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Posted 19 April 2016 - 10:13 PM

I've been working on some outside raised beds, my housemate wanted them on stilts which is a new build for me. they're 3' tall 4' X 4' bed.  The weather is very strange right now, hovers right above freezing at night but we have bursts of beautiful spring sunny days for a while...otherwise it's been very Scottish weather out here...grey and rainy.  Many more photos to come

 

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There's six of them altogether.  I've got to build a 6ft tall anti-Moose fence around the perimeter of the garden and fence it to keep out hares.  Total build costs will be around $300 US assuming we don't pay for dirt (don't do that, don't ever pay for outdoor dirt :P )  Alaskan topsoil is basically composted moss and it's pretty amazing.  Too bad the grow season is so short. 

 

These beds will have beans, cabbages, cauliflower, collards, spinach, kale, etc.  Cabbages get humongoid here from the long daylight so we may have to grow them in the ground for weight reasons.

 

The following is a very old black spruce Picea mariana  on a nearby beach.  The trunk of it is too large to put my arms around.  Trees this large are generally uncommon in this area of the state. (wildfires)

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and here is my Yucatan white habanero with berries on it

 

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 06:17 AM

Pretty cool stuff. Looks beautiful there. Good luck adapting to your new growing climate.

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:36 AM

Good luck this season!  That does look beautiful up there.



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Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:40 AM

Very short grow season but I'm ready to rock and roll finally.  will have these filled with plants like beans, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.  by the end of this weekend likely.  Soil blend is native topsoil, native clay, guano, epsom salt, bonemeal, and some other things

 

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more coming soon!

 

 


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Posted 14 June 2016 - 10:41 AM

Here's a video update of some of the stuff I finished this past week

 


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Posted 14 June 2016 - 11:23 AM

Cool, nice video Thanks!!!

 

What do you use the Dream Root for and does it work ?



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Posted 15 June 2016 - 12:31 PM



Cool, nice video Thanks!!!

 

What do you use the Dream Root for and does it work ?

I've never grown it before, Silene undulata is native to South Africa and is supposed to induce extremely vivid dreaming when you consume the roots.  Otherwise they're a pretty cool looking ornamental


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Posted 01 August 2016 - 10:50 PM

Hey everyone, manzano peppers like growing in AK!  My other plants are flowering and fruiting too, hopefully I'll get more pics soon!

 

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