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AJ Drew

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

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Advice for Drip Irrigation

11 July 2018 - 07:32 AM

All of my produce stock is field grow.  But I am gradually moving to containers for seed stock.  Went away last weekend without watering, things were way droopy when I got back.  Five gallon containers, but they are black and suck up the sun.  Thinking about drip irrigation for next year, but have no clue what to consider.

I do not want them to run off the house because that is county water.  Thinking more like 50 gallon drum higher than the containers, so gravity feeds the system.  I have seen drip that uses a computer on the hose outlet, turns it on and off.  Thinking just gravity feed and slow drip would work better.  But again, I have no clue.

If you do drip and can point me to a product, maybe at GreenHouseMegaStore (favorite place) that would be very helpful.  Even knowing if I can gravity feed vs. computer would be great.  Does it have to turn on and off or can it just drip slowly?

Easy / Popular crossing

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?


DEA might have to rethink grow tech

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?



Too much rain and ripening

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.

Strawberry PL

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.