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#1491044 Attempting to root a broken branch aeroponics

Posted by shaggs2riches on 13 September 2017 - 12:12 AM

The branch was basically still green on the outside and was thicker than a sharpie marker, maybe a tad bit woody on the inside. It has been 10 days now, so not quite two weeks. Nothing looks to be happening to it inside the pail. I figured maybe it would be a while with a larger branch. I just learned of a hydro shop in town, and was thinking of asking them if they had any hydro nutrients that would work better to help the process. I figure I would give it a good month and if nothing, then it wouldn't do anything.

#1488553 Oyster shells for soil amendment?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 02 September 2017 - 06:21 PM

The drainage part would be a plus too. My soil is pretty heavy and I am slowly working to change that. This might serve more than one purpose.

#1488490 Oyster shells for soil amendment?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 02 September 2017 - 02:05 PM

That was my thoughts. I'm going to give it a try and see how it works. There is a store in town that sells 25kg bags for feeding chickens. One bag should be more than enough for my garden.

#1486141 When is the best time to start buying seeds for next year?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 23 August 2017 - 07:07 PM

yeah I think this weekend will be figuring out what to grow and I will start looking around for seeds. I started my seeds on February 8 this year, but I definitely want to start much earlier next season. I have to look at what I have for seeds now, and I am in serious considerations of starting a few plants real soon. Our short season has me on the edge of my seat. There are a few plants in my garden that are just starting to flower and I think there is maybe 3-4 weeks left in my season before the frost really starts threatening in the mornings.  But out with the old will make way for the next season, which will be just as exciting as this year.

#1485334 When is the best time to start buying seeds for next year?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 21 August 2017 - 12:56 AM

Thanks a lot for the responses everyone. I definitely will start counting what I have and look into what I would like to plant for next season. My crop will be down next season, but I hope for have a bit more variety and not so much of the 3 or 4 of the same plant in the garden, instead maybe 2 of each. The air is cooling down a lot at night and I'm guessing maybe I will get another month before frost has hit us. It will be bitter sweet to say goodbye to this season. I don't want to lose all the plants that I have going on, but I really look forward to next season. Trouble I will now have is choosing what to actually grow and when to start. Over the next couple months, I'm sure my plan will change a dozen or more times lol.

#1484799 Shaggs2riches 2017 Pepper grow

Posted by shaggs2riches on 19 August 2017 - 12:53 PM

***I should have been logging my grow through the entire season in this section. I will continue the remainder of the season here and start a new log when I begin my 2018 grow.***


This season I decided to try growing my peppers completely under a cold frame. I wanted to find out if the plants would perform better under the plastic. They definitely have far exceeded what I was expecting to happen . My plants are massive by comparison to last seasons plants growing in open air. I also have gotten more production from my peppers over last season.


 On July 11th I posted a video tour of my pepper garden. The plants were already looking great and the July temperatures were helping the plants start to grow fast.





I made a second updated tour of my garden for the month of August. There is a extremely significant difference from the first video. The plants have taken over the garden and there are a lot of peppers growing. Some of my plants still have not gone past the flowering stage, and I don't know if I will get much for pods from them.




Over all the greenhouse is working fantastic.My wife wants me to give up a bit of space for some of our other crops. I will be giving up the first section, where all my Jalapenos and Fresno peppers are. This is definitely proving to be the way to grow peppers out here in the Canadian Prairies. I will post at least one more video and pictures of my final harvest before the season is over.



#1484788 Ate my first scotch bonnet

Posted by shaggs2riches on 19 August 2017 - 12:04 PM

In my experience that perfect Bonnet pod shape doesn't happen until the growing conditions are warm enough, and not all of them even then. Cheers!

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I was kind of half expecting that I wouldn't necessarily get too many with that shape. I kind of like it that it is a bit of an added extra challenge to grow out pods that look like that. I am planning on digging one up to continue growing through the winter under lights. Maybe I will have better luck with pod shape in the second season.


I've found that comparisons between standard Habs and Bonnets occur all the time, all over the internet and often in face to face discussions. I get it, same hear, same size... Often, you find Habs being sold as Scotch Bonnets. So I see the basis of the comparison. But I'm not going to stop growing Habs because I like Bonnets better. I am going to continue to grow both. I'll just plant more Bonnets lol.

I got a lot of nice UFO Bonnets coming on from plants that came from the Trenton Farmer's Market pods last year. Can't wait till they're big and ripe...



I too think that I will always try to grow some habaneros. I use them a lot more that any other pepper.

#1484694 Ate my first scotch bonnet

Posted by shaggs2riches on 19 August 2017 - 01:58 AM

Scotch Bonnets are amazing; so much about these chiles are just ¨right....¨  I never understood why so many of us seem to share a compulsion to compare them to orange Habs, nd we mostly dis the Habs as a result....  To me, they´re different chiles that happen to be at a similar heat level, and of the same species....  But there´s not much out there that can stand up to a good Bonnet, in terms of flavor, presentation, and mystique.  There´s just something about these chiles that fascinate me, and apparently, a lot of other pepper ppl feel the same way.


When you put it that way, it is true. I thought that the two peppers were pretty much interchangeable, but they turn out to have a different flavour that might make either of them more suited to certain dishes. I was completely surprised with the way the flavour of the bonnet really rounded out and the aftertaste that lingered for so long. They are just a real nice pepper all around. I was initially drawn them to compare them to habs, I also really like the typical bonnet shape, but I don't think I will end up with a lot of pods that look that way.

#1483762 Ate my first scotch bonnet

Posted by shaggs2riches on 14 August 2017 - 11:18 PM

After three seasons I have finally had my chance to eat a bonnet. Last years bonnets turned out to be bishop crowns, and the year before I only planted habanero. I was digging through the garden this evening and found a nice yellow bonnet ready to pick. I instantly brought it inside, washed it and ate it. First bite was similar to a habanero, but the flavor rounded out in a few seconds. Definitely a smoother almost sweeter flavor. The burn was nicer than a habanero but at the same level, and quickly tapered off in a few short minutes. It left a pleasant citrus like after taste, that lingered for a good 15-20 minutes. Definitely going to be a favorite to use. I hope that I can get a lot more pods in the next month before frost starts to threaten us. Trying new pods is always fun!

#1476249 My 2017 pepper grow

Posted by shaggs2riches on 18 July 2017 - 12:24 AM

Looks great. Nice set-up. I couldn't get away with something like that in southern california. Too hot.


Our climate is real up and down, around here lol. Last week it was 30-35 degrees celsius. This morning the forecast said it was 9 degrees celsius feels like 5 degrees celsius. Looks like it will be around more seasonable 20-25 celsius in a couple days.

#1476244 My 2017 pepper grow

Posted by shaggs2riches on 17 July 2017 - 11:44 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments. I really appreciate them. I hadn't even paid attention to the fact that there was a subsection for grow logs. I will look at moving this over there tomorrow when I have a free moment to do so.

#1475685 My 2017 pepper grow

Posted by shaggs2riches on 16 July 2017 - 03:00 AM

Sorry I have not been very active lately. I have been a very busy person and have not had much time to check in on anything. This year I have decided to add a couple extra raised beds for gardening, in my back yard. I have just finished up those beds and the wife and I are are in the midst of looking for short season crops to make use of what we have left of the growing year.


  Last season, I built a coldframe over my entire 8x32 foot pepper garden. This year I thought it would be nice to see what that coldframe could do if I grew the entire season underneath it. So far it is proving to be real beneficial. My plants are not massive, but they are way bigger than last season and look healthier too. Last week was real hot and despite it getting too hot inside, the plants got a huge boost in size, almost doubling in the past 9 days. I even have peppers on plants, that didn't start flowering till September last season. I hope you enjoy my quick tour, and I will try to post more videos as the season progresses.



#1451524 Would Alfalfa meal go bad if left out all winter?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 30 April 2017 - 12:24 AM

Okay that makes sense. I will save it for the compost pile just to be safe.

#1446410 Sugar looking powder on year old Chocoat hab

Posted by shaggs2riches on 12 April 2017 - 11:28 AM

Would ladybugs and lacewings be able to take care of them? I was thinking of ordering some to let loose in my greenhouse once it is warm enough to bring them in there.

#1442008 Sugar looking powder on year old Chocoat hab

Posted by shaggs2riches on 31 March 2017 - 11:38 AM

These are not aphids that I can tell. I had an aphid infestation all last winter and this looks nothing like it. I will take some pictures later and post them. I'm going to do a better look over and see if I can see any bugs that I havent been able to notice at quick glance. If I find anything I will post that too. It almost resembles granulated sugar had got spilled on it.