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AJ Drew

Member Since 13 Dec 2014
Offline Last Active May 27 2017 01:24 PM

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What is an ornamental pepper?

19 May 2017 - 06:36 PM

Lots of peppers that I have seen called ornamental are edible.  I am wondering, is there a definition for the term or does it just mean attractive?  It seems like there is no set rule.


Aquaponic Confusion: Nitrate Conversion

11 May 2017 - 08:11 PM

Not sure if it was Bill Nye or if I am confusing videos.  Watched a video on aquaponics that confused the heck out of me.  They used the term "filter tank" and explained that it i a tank where the nitrate conversion took place.  I can understanding needing filtration to stop solids from goofing up the works, but I thought the nitrate conversion could take place in the grow beds.  Am I wrong?

The system I am toying with if flow n fill via bell siphon.  Do I need a separate tank with medium between the fish and the grow beds?


Too much manure?

22 March 2017 - 12:37 PM

Someone I know has property with a horse paddock (is that the right word?) on it.  It has not been used in a couple years, faces south, has a good fence around it.  Thing is, he never scraped it for all the years he kept horses there. I wonder, is it possible to have too much manure in your soil for peppers?

Not seriously considering it right now, but he i offering rent to own sort of thing so it is attractive.


Tobacco floaters for peppers?

13 March 2017 - 03:19 PM

Have done this with corn.  Its great cause once you get your plugs, you can till down, mulch up, and stick the plugs in the ground.  Weeds have no chance of catching up with the corn.  But I wonder if it would work for peppers, in particular the long season.  Not sure how early before last frost it would work.

Dig trench, line with black plastic (sucks up heat), fill with water and nutrients.  In my case, thats barn scrapings.  Then you use these Styrofoam seed trays, float in the liquid, cover hole with clear plastic.  You gotta make some sort of peak in the plastic so rain will sheet, but you can do that with scrap.

Its basically the cheap / poor man's way of starting tobacco.


How big in plug trays?

13 March 2017 - 03:05 PM

Jim Duffy seems like a smart cookie.  Saw a photo or video of him putting plug trays out last spring.  The plants were at least a foot tall.  I was amazed.  Just how big can plants get in plug trays before shading each other to death or not having enough root room? 

To figure this out, I decided to see this year but the experiment isnt over.  Have a tray that I am leaving in the 72 cell plug tray till they look sickly.  At about a foot, they do look leggy but not sickly.