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AJ Drew

Member Since 13 Dec 2014
Offline Last Active Jul 13 2018 10:05 PM

#1567761 Hi from Long Island NY!!!

Posted by AJ Drew on 13 July 2018 - 09:56 PM

Welcpme tp THP  Lived in Huntington on Long Island once.  By any chance have you been to Heckshire Park?

#1567385 Advice for Drip Irrigation

Posted by AJ Drew on 12 July 2018 - 12:39 AM

Just get you a timer like this and attach it to your rain barrel or other elevated container. On mine, you can program 4 different zones to come on at different times of the day and stay on for however long you like.


That is perfect, thank you!  I thought those things were AC cause I usually see them attached to houses.  going to work on this right after season closes.

#1567000 Easy / Popular crossing

Posted by AJ Drew on 10 July 2018 - 02:07 PM

I have been goofing / growing out Reaper x Douglah for a bit now.  Made the choice because they seem like really popular peppers to cross.  Have seen Douglah x Everything and Reaper x Everything.  Sure someone has done Reaper x Douglah, but havent seen it yet.  Am wondering why these two are popular for so many crosses.

Is it just people going for heat or are these two particularly easy to cross successfully with others?


#1566985 Different pod genetics

Posted by AJ Drew on 10 July 2018 - 01:20 PM

Reading so much different information, I decided to look at peppers the same as people.  None of what I am about to say is concrete cause so many sources contradict each other.  Here goes.

If a plant is cross pollinated, the children (seeds) will be a combination of mama and papa dna just like people.  However, the pod of that plant will be pure mama dna like a woman's afterbirth.  However, there is some scientific studies which have found papa dna in the placenta.  So it is possible that the folk stories about changing heat via cross pollination might (might I say, might) change the heat because a lot of that is in the placenta.  However, most folk believe it will not change the heat or flavor and the studies I have read were on animals, not plants.

Cross pollination should not change the shape, color, or size of a pod.  That is all mama dna.  If a black man gets a white woman pregnant, the baby (seeds) might be black but the mama wont turn black.  This one I am absolutely sure of.  The placenta might change, but not the outside of the egg / pepper itself.

A self pollinated flower will not contain the same DNA as the mother.   It contains a recombined DNA of the mother.  If grown out / stabalized her dna is such a small variety that her pods will be about the same in appearance, but it is never exact dna. Again, just like with children, they dont all turn out exactly the same even with the same mother and father.


But please do not think I am an authority on this stuff.  I am only scratching the surface of cross breeding.  So many folk wiht so much more knowledge. 

#1566667 DEA might have to rethink grow tech

Posted by AJ Drew on 09 July 2018 - 01:15 PM

When much younger, read a statement by the DEA that claimed it was not economical to grow any lawful crop under lights.  I thought they were a bit off back then.  Maybe not seed to harvest, but surely starting indoors was economical.  Heck, some of the larger tobacco farmers do that here in KY.  But for the most part, they seemed correct.  Until lately that is.

Today, some are predicting indoor food production is the way of the future.  Grow it anywhere in any weather with much less concern about drought, flooding, pests, and other factors.

Very inspiring article in my news feed today.  What do you think?  Are we moving food production indoors under lights?  I kind of wonder why more set ups do not supplement with artificial lights rather than replace the sun.  Maybe because they want better insulation?



#1566043 Too much rain and ripening

Posted by AJ Drew on 07 July 2018 - 12:36 AM

Lots of rain , shit to of humidity is killing my pollination , very hot and sunny , nasty summer so far 


Never thought about pollination and humidity / rain.  Thanks, ye fluffy pollen probably doesnt like to move around damp.  Of course it doesnt actually matter knowing this cause not like I can tell Mother Nature what to do.  I ask, I beg, I pray, she doesnt listen to me.

#1565947 Strawberry PL

Posted by AJ Drew on 06 July 2018 - 03:59 PM

Looks like a strawberry shaped bonnet type, cool.


Now imagine it dipped in chocolate and sprinkles, left on a pot luck table.  This is the perfect joke waiting to happen.  I only wish it were not perishable so it could be marketed via mail.  I would be pushing the new member that makes hot pepper fudge to crank them out.

#1565945 Strawberry PL

Posted by AJ Drew on 06 July 2018 - 03:47 PM


That's the silliest thing I've ever heard. Her business is selling seeds, not yachts, I would imagine most questions are about umm seeds.


I know, I am goofy.  But on the other hand, if I ask other folk here on THP not only do I not bother her but she gets plug after plug when ever someone replies.  Besides, I am purchasing them no matter what.  The look is worth the five bucks (or what ever it is)

#1565939 Strawberry PL

Posted by AJ Drew on 06 July 2018 - 03:19 PM

You should try asking her any questions you have. Try the contact on her site or PM her here.


I've contacted her in the past with curiosities about her stuff and she always responded to my questions.


So many thoughts.  The first is that I have only been crossing things for a short time.  Judy is like a super star in that department.  Then there is bothering her with a question about a five dollar potential sale.  Last, there is wanting the opinion of the average Joe, but mostly because she is a pepper super star.  Kind of figure since she follows THP she might see this post and chime in if she has time and interest.

BTW: Already have a friend who is going to do the chocolate strawberry thing for me so we can screw with friends.  If it turns out to be a hot pepper, we have a great joke.  If it is a sweet pepper, who knows we might have a tasty desert.

#1565934 Too much rain and ripening

Posted by AJ Drew on 06 July 2018 - 03:12 PM

Have spent years sloping property and establishing run off rows.  Not in danger of flooding or anything like that.  But between not being able to get out there to weed and slow pod ripening, the rain is getting on my nerves.  When it is light, I will go out there and weed anyway, covered in mud, too much dirt coming up with each pull. 

Is anyone else having a tremendously wet season and how is it screwing with you?  My main issue is it is so hard to keep up with the weeds.  The slow ripening is annoying, but figure in the end it will all even out if not for the weeds.

#1565794 Strawberry PL

Posted by AJ Drew on 05 July 2018 - 09:44 PM

Pepperlover has a new variety listed as Strawberry for 2018.  Not sure if the seeds sold for this season or if they are new for this season.  Has anyone grown it or know anything about it?  If it is a hot or super hot, I see some chocolate, sprinkles, and pissed off friends in my future cause the thing really does look like a strawberry and I really do love goofing with people.


#1565791 What becomes of the surplus harvest?

Posted by AJ Drew on 05 July 2018 - 09:33 PM

Props if ya get the song reference!

Seriously, though. I'm obviously not talking about the A.J. Drew's among us, but the others with a decent number of plants.


Honestly honored.  Ye, we sell about all the peppers.  First frost sale and they fly.  But we also grow general produce, so can sort of answer the question.  Our food bank is almost all dried goods.  Folk really like it when fresh produce comes there way.  They also get some of the milder and sweet peppers but mainly general produce..

#1565684 Best tomato for pizza sauce?

Posted by AJ Drew on 05 July 2018 - 01:43 PM

Amish Paste are my favorite sauce tomato for a couple of reasons.  First is they dont need as much simmering down cause they are very meaty.  Next, because they still have the old world tomato acid.  A lot of the newer variety were created to be low acid, I like the zing

#1565682 The 100 n other Science Fiction Grow Tech

Posted by AJ Drew on 05 July 2018 - 01:36 PM

TV show The 100 has a hydroponic farm, underground, under lights.  I -think- the problem is they have no nutrients but they keep using terms that better relate to soil growing.  So the solution in the TV show is to grow algae and feed the algae to the plants.  Evidently, while they have virtually no living plants they do have a single batch of algae.  Does this make sense at all?

Seems to me they have like 1000 people and lots of folk die in their criminal justice system.  I would think they could just sort of compost human bodies and waste products.  If they wanted to stick to the hydroponic set up, they could use compost tea.


On another SF show, Stargate Universe, they depicted hydroponics where the plants rotated vertically around the light source.  Looked into that one and evidently it exists.


So am wondering, what do you think the future of food production is?  Hydroponics, Aquaponics, something else?


#1564684 WTB: Best place to buy super hot peppers fresh

Posted by AJ Drew on 02 July 2018 - 07:47 PM

Still too early for us  Maybe two weeks out