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AJ Drew

Member Since 13 Dec 2014
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2018 Changes and Additions

19 September 2017 - 03:48 PM

What are you changing or adding for next season's grow?  I am going to add that roll out paper mulch and break in some new space to expand.  You?  Any tech stuff being added?  Drip irrigation?  Other changes?

Paper Mulch vs. Black Plastic - Weed advice

11 September 2017 - 10:08 PM

I have used that black plastic with holes in it stuff around fence lines and the likes.  Then mulch on top to make it look good.  Same strategy as black plastic under a rock garden or other ornamental things.  Not a production approach to weeds.  Just to make things look nice and the plastic is always hidden.  I can not imagine using it on the main field because frankly, I think it is ugly.  Then there is the thought of having to remove it at some point to amend the soil.

So have been reading about something called Paper Mulch.  Unlike how it sounds it is rolls of compressed paper.  Main benefit over the black plastic is that it breaks down and becomes part of your soil.  I figure I could still throw yard waste mulch on top of it if it breaks down too early in the season, but once the plants are high enough that isnt much of a problem.

Wondering if anyone else has ever used this sort of product and what you think of it.

Also looking for any advice on weeds in general.  Not willing to go the Preen route, but gotta go some route.  Was also thinking truck loads of wood mulch.

Hot Perfume ???

10 September 2017 - 06:20 PM

Is there a Trinidad Perfume that is hot?  Have read descriptions calling the pepper Trinidad Perfume that say zero heat and others that indicate it is a hot pepper.  Could there be two? 

Worst possible growing conditions - but still alive

10 September 2017 - 01:40 PM

Had patron ask how it is that his Carolina Reaper plant is a year old but has not fruited.  Flowers form, fall, but no fruit.  My immediate thought was that it was a heat issue, but asked a couple questions.  I learned it is growing on a window sill. 

Hold this in your mind if you will.  It is a year old, in a container that fits on a window sill, likely has zero direct sun light but it has been alive for a year.  While not what the patron wants to hear I think that is absolutely amazing. 

Anyone have a clue how this is possible?  I have seen some amazingly large and healthy plants in a solo cup.  Heck, Jim Duffy pulls some huge suckers out of plug trays.  Plugs from him are great because I would call them plants, not plugs.  But in a window sill for a year?


White Scorpion ???

09 September 2017 - 06:22 PM

Has anyone seen, heard of, or know anything about a white scorpion?  There is a thread from years ago where a member said he grew them by mistake.  A white version just popped up with the red.  But that was years ago and he still only has 10 posts.  Cant figure he is around anymore.

Even a link to a seed catalog would help a guy out.