As far as super hots go, Carolina Reaper is notoriously slow. What I dont see anyone mention about indoor growing is lighting. Until you bring the sun indoors, the basic rule is more light means more growth.
Solid7 - Never seen a poop sprinkler. Looks more like a poop cannon. We used to use what we called a shit slinger / shit wagon on the hay fields. Its a trailer that is powered by your tractor's pto that literally slings shit left and right as you ride up and down the field. A shit cannon looks like way too much fun.
HotPepper - I remember reading that human waste was used on the gardens at the White House. Makes a person wonder just how common it is. I had always understood it was a very bad idea because disease spreads easier between members of the same animal species. Maybe it is OK when treated, but then how the heck would they claim it is organic?
Reading the replies, I think maybe there is something to the idea that pellet poop is best. Have used goat with great success. Folk here said rabbit. We only have one lamb, but the grass grows greener in her pen so figure its good to go. What they all have in common is that their poop comes out in pellets.
Worm farming is in the plans, but it is turning into one of those things in the when I get to it category.
Be careful using straight manure. USDA NOP regulations require a 90 day period to elapse between application of uncomposted manure and harvest of fruits which do not touch the ground, or 120 days for produce which does touch the ground, to reduce the risk of e-coli or other bacterial contamination of produce.
On trust me, I know USDA standards thanks to that movie where a guy grows poop potato on Mars. Told my wife it would kill him. We argued and looked it up. I would NEVER do this, but evidently you can plant potato in fresh poop as long as you wait 120 days to harvest. Excuse me? Can that possibly be right?
Anyway, I scrape the bar in the spring and let the pile sit outdoors till the next spring. Then it goes where the corn goes that year. The next year, I rotate where the corn goes. The result is that the barn scraping are two years before they reach anything but corn. By that time, it is black and you can barely identify the straw n hay.
The chicken poop is an experiment. Our few chicken free range. Now that we are doing a CSA and farm stand on property, I am thinking of raising Rhode Island Red for eggs. Put a fridge in the barn, tell folk to help themselves. If I do, they will have to be penned up to keep the hens an roos from mating. That will mean an accumulation of chicken poo. Have always read the stuff is way too hot for most crops, so figured I would goof around before building pens.
Have never used straight chicken poop before. Decided to experiment with five plants. Poop is aged about a year, but aged inside, by itself, no rain and not mixed with much hay or straw. Dug holes in rows, put in poop, and planted directly. So far, none of the burning I expected. Had always thought chicken poop was too harsh to be used alone. Usually, I scrape the barn and put it in a pile outdoors for a year with all sorts of other compost (leaves, twigs, grass, kitchen waste).
Anyone have any experience with chicken poop?
What animal waste is the best? Thinking on fetching horse for next year but no experience. Its free, but will take much work and not sure I can convince the kids to shovel horse poop.
Love trading. Really love trading with folk from other nations. Daughter and I have a map and a box of envelopes from trades. Soon the map will be on the wall and we are going to put stick pins in every place we have traded. Take a look at the seeds that are in the link in my signature. Also, have a bunch of things new this year and some hybrids I am not comfortable adding to the catalog yet. Trading this October and there will be much more variety.
BTW: Also likely to create a trade partner list soon. Just seems like a good idea. If folk want on the list, I will send it out with each successful trade. Idea being it would weed out the folk who take advantage, maybe even a trade partner review thing.
Do you have a web site / online store yet or planned? If you get an account and domain name with Dreamhost, I can talk you threw the steps in no time at all. If you get an account elsewhere, I can do same but it wont be as smooth cause I have he dreamhost control panel about memorized.
Have a mentor in agriculture named Bob. Used to work for him. Great conversations. Not that I was like a son to him, but his family has always farmed, his kids had no interest, their kids had no interest, and I was someone to talk to. I once asked him if when he was a kid, he got paid for working his family farm. He answered: Ye, there was supper on the table.
My kids help me a lot, but till this year it has always been a chore. I have always had to ask. This year, my daughter wanted a garden of her own. When I say her own, I mean it. I get yelled at if I do anything in her garden. So far she has corn, green beans, spaghetti squash, tomato, cucumbers, and dipper gourds out the ground and growing fine. Peas too, but they arent doing all that great. Check her out, she is the energizer bunny compared to her dad.
But it is the son who is making plant out feel like a real family event. I do the planting and then he mulches the plants I have put in. So we sit there, me on one side of the row, him on the other, talking and talking. I try to stay on topic and use the planting as some of his school work, esplaining why we set rows the way we do, why we mulch and related topics. But it always turns to video games and movies.
How about your family? Is gardening one of those things you do together?
Share some of your plant out photos from 2018. This is us setting the first rows. We rebuild the rows alternately, every couple years. First a layer of yard waste, sticks, tree limbs, grass, leaves, barn scrapings. Then a layer of top soil. Even whole tree branches are turned to dirt by the time of the next reset. Not saying it is the best method in the world, but so far no sign of bad nourishment even with no chemical fertilizer.