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Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!


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Poll: Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain! (53 member(s) have cast votes)

Vote on the variety we should grow!

  1. Aji Amarillo (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Aji Benito (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. Aji Charapita (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Aji Fantasy (2 votes [3.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.77%

  5. Aji Golden (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Aji White Lightening Bolt (4 votes [7.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.55%

  7. Brazilian Starfish (5 votes [9.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.43%

  8. Dedo de Moca (2 votes [3.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.77%

  9. Dorset Naga (6 votes [11.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.32%

  10. Fatalii (11 votes [20.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.75%

  11. Malawi Piquante (5 votes [9.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.43%

  12. Peruvian Giallo Arancio (1 votes [1.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.89%

  13. Yellow Brain Strain (17 votes [32.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.08%

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#901 Crazy Monkey

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Posted 21 May 2018 - 08:19 AM

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Up to 3ft in diameter. Lotsa flowers but no pods yet..



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Posted 21 May 2018 - 10:12 AM

 

Ppfftt ... not worried about those baby seedlings.

 

What does concern me immensely is that brown looking stuff they planted in ... :think:

 

 

As it should! That brown looking stuff they are planted in, is what will have me smiling....and sweating come another month or so. Its go time. Here's a closer look from yesterday. 

 


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 04:16 AM

Pod #3 - Last pod off Hempy Brain

 

I think I'll cut it right back and overwinter ready for a second run in Spring.

 

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Edited by KAOS, 22 May 2018 - 04:17 AM.

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 12:00 PM

I need help Gents. The soil in my raised beds is rock hard. I didn't cover them this year. I can barely get a shovel into it. How do I till it? Should I mix in a bunch of peat and compost to soften it up? 



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Posted 22 May 2018 - 12:05 PM

coco coir works well, you can get used versions from greenhouse for free. Caraway will soften up the soil but that takes a season.



#906 Walchit

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Posted 22 May 2018 - 12:18 PM

 

 

As it should! That brown looking stuff they are planted in, is what will have me smiling....and sweating come another month or so. Its go time. Here's a closer look from yesterday. 

 

Looking great!

+1 at1:30

What do you do for weed suppression? I have to get out and do something about these weeds today



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Posted 22 May 2018 - 12:19 PM

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I'm renting one of these...let's see if I can destroy my beds



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Posted 22 May 2018 - 05:25 PM

My first Yellow Brain Flower.

 

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 11:56 AM

Looking great!

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What do you do for weed suppression? I have to get out and do something about these weeds today

 

Been hand pulling weeds at bases of peppers to keep the morning glory vines from pulling the limbs down, and to create a clear perimeter around the base of the plants so I can then use my string trimmer down the rows. Once the canopy fills in, it blocks the sunlight from getting to the ground and any weeds still trying to grow. By Late July we are usually able to sit under the plants and be completely shaded while we pick, sitting on the bare ground with minimal or low lying vegetation. Any pulverized weed debris from string trimming just becomes green manure/mulch. 

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I'm renting one of these...let's see if I can destroy my beds

 

 

Bad ass! 


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Posted 24 May 2018 - 01:05 PM

I need help Gents. The soil in my raised beds is rock hard. I didn't cover them this year. I can barely get a shovel into it. How do I till it? Should I mix in a bunch of peat and compost to soften it up? 

I use a spading fork to fluff my raised beds before transplanting out, but I also add humus every year. My circumstances are probably quite different than yours... I have really sandy soil, and need to add humus to help with absorbancy, so water and nutes are held in place at root level and don't leach away. You sound like you have a lot of clay in your beds, but you should add lots of humus anyway to lighten the soil, help air and water reach the roots, and make it easier for the roots to spread out and downward.

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 05:56 PM

I made a 22" wide 5 tine broadfork with 13.5" tines and it works great. 3 month later and I can push a piece of 3/8" rebar over a foot into the soil with one hand. Rick the poster above me gave me the idea. They are a bit pricey to purchase though. That little tiller doesn't have the depth to suit me. Unless it will drill some ;) :shh:


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Posted Yesterday, 07:39 AM

You guys can also apply roundup at double strength at anytime to your rows and pepper plants to keep the weeds down.
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Posted Yesterday, 11:35 AM

I stopped picking flowers - I'm ready to eat one of these things! :D 

 

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Posted Yesterday, 01:09 PM

I stopped picking flowers - I'm ready to eat one of these things! :D 
 
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Nice looking plant


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Posted Yesterday, 02:47 PM

You guys can also apply roundup at double strength at anytime to your rows and pepper plants to keep the weeds down.


Some good advice right there. My preference however is to let the roundup dehydrate into a powder and then dusting the plant. That way it takes care of the weeds and the aphids at the same time.


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Edited by KAOS, Yesterday, 06:09 PM.

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#916 AndyW

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Posted Yesterday, 05:49 PM

Some good advice right there. My preference however is to let them roundup dehydrate into a powder and then dusting the plant. That way it takes care of the weeds and the aphids at the same time.


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