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#1628011 CaneDog 2019 Hirsute Pursuit Rocotos, Wilds & Moar

Posted by DWB on Yesterday, 07:12 PM

I've been wanting to post a update pic of this lanceolatum for a while, so I took a quick shot while moving stuff around.  Has a cool kinda jungle sprawl thing happening.  I'd like to get a better picture of it with a decent background, but I've been pretty lazy about the camera work lately.






Many of my oldest plants out in the middle bale row are adopting the sprawl and spread format. I've not seen much of that before.

#1627966 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DWB on Yesterday, 04:27 PM

Potting mix. Basically the same as I make every year. I'll put it here so I never lose my note.


5 parts last year's mix

5 parts Suwanee River pine fines

2 parts composted sheep manure/hay

2 parts composted horse manure

2 parts peat (from a bale)

2 parts perlite (smaller particle than the PVP perlite I like but it was $4 cheaper per 4 cf bag)

1 part high calcium (egg shell)  compost

requisite handful of Osmocote



#1627645 Devv-2018-Loving life in the dirt

Posted by DWB on 22 April 2019 - 09:23 AM

Whew! That'll be quite the patience-trying. Lol. Maybe a bottle of Rum and a happy sack. :high: lol  Oh, I'm sorry. I guess I shoulda read that thoroughly. I thought you were asking for a plant ID. That's what happens when I half-assed pay attention. 🥴  

Thank you, Bryan! I'm more excited than I thought I'd be.
Great birth date! Super-easy for a stoner to remember. Lol. 🥳


My baby brother's birthday is 4/20.


He calls his grandkids the psycho rat babies. Cracks me up.

#1627644 SKULLBIKERS 2019 Container and Kratky GLOG

Posted by DWB on 22 April 2019 - 09:19 AM

I've been thinking about the best way to build my tulle isolation cages. I saw your picture and suddenly remembered I have four partial rolls of high tensile field fence stored out in the woods. Duh.

#1627643 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DWB on 22 April 2019 - 09:07 AM


That's strange the Early Girl don't do well there. Here, it's rather desert like at times , so I hand water them from the rain collection system we have. I guess it's really wet there then? Because heat we got!


The Amish Paste are really good, they just don't produce as well as the EG's.


The air gets really swampy in the summer with a lot of rain. Everybody has trouble growing maters around here. Seems like wilt is endemic. This year I have the best looking mater plants ever so I hope they do well early and survive the awful part of summer and live to make me some late tomatoes.




San Antonio temps, we're a bit warmer..and those highs get to 100+ from May on, and the lows could be in the 20's in late March. What's a mother to do?



The news said a new historical low for 4/21 in Mobile was set yesterday morning at 42°. The lowest I saw was 48°. Still not completely home free since we could theoretically still have a light frost.



Wow D, plants are lookin happy, happy.


What kinda beans you got growin?



Thanks DR. All but a Fatalii and a Douglah are looking happy. I think maybe Cody peed on them. I wasn't thinking far enough ahead when I taught him to fertilize the bales with urea nitrogen last year.


The beans are Old Homestead heirloom pole beans from Baker Creek.

#1627477 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DWB on 21 April 2019 - 11:45 AM


Feel better? If we had to wait for 60˚F nights, 

we could never grow peppers here   :rofl:



If I had the stones for it, I could have planted out in February.


Maybe next year I'll plan a little better and do more starts so I can go ahead and clear out a bunch really early and have 100 extra to put in large pots to grow out for disaster recovery.


#1627473 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DWB on 21 April 2019 - 11:03 AM



Sorry about the cold weather.

#1627447 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DWB on 21 April 2019 - 09:29 AM

Making progress. Tomato road and a pepper row. For perspective, the yellow ropes are at 33"


I think I'm way behind on my tomato training.





#1627442 Growing Chiles in HEL - 2019

Posted by DWB on 21 April 2019 - 09:08 AM

Yes, I've been to the UP several times.


Aren't close internodes a good thing?

#1627340 Mattys first ever Glog "Into the fire" 2019 season

Posted by DWB on 20 April 2019 - 06:49 PM


It's a bhut time



#1627265 Mattys first ever Glog "Into the fire" 2019 season

Posted by DWB on 20 April 2019 - 08:53 AM

But plants eat CO². Regardless, not a factor with your heater.

#1627202 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DWB on 19 April 2019 - 08:26 PM

I've grown the Early Girl before. Those put out a ton in Denver but not so much down here.


I'm hoping the heirloom tomatoes do better down here with better resistance to the zillion forms of deep south tomato death. You like the Amish Paste?


Drying produce is the quick and dirty way to save a lot of space and time. Just hack them up to preference and put them in the dehydrator. I'll do most of the green beans in there. Most stuff I do the quick soak in antibacterial produce wash before the dehydrator unless I'm gonna do it hot.


I figured you were around San Antonio when I saw your turkey picture. It may be dry enough there for you to sun dry maters.


I'll be glad when the nights start staying reliably above 60. The plants should take off then.

#1627137 2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

Posted by DWB on 19 April 2019 - 01:15 PM

How annoying! Hopefully a week or 2 tops and it will be back to normal - plants are looking awesome and are clearly enjoying the great care you're taking of them. Impressive grow and all that prep work on those hay bales should give you lots of benefits for years to come! How many maters are you expecting to harvest from such a huge amount of plants? Guessing you'll be canning quite a bit at the end of season?

Great work Dee!

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I think the weather should be back to normal by the first of the week. We just had a superstrong cold front/squall line come through and drag a bunch of Matty's igloo air down here. Pretty soon we'll be wishing for more of the same but it can't happen too many more times this year. After another month a cold front will be simply be more heat with a tad bit less humidity for a day or two.


I have 48 mater plants and I'm just hoping for a few good meals became they're very difficult to grow successfully around here.


In the event they do well, I'll dry, can and otherwise preserve as many of the Amish Paste and A Grappoli D'Inverno as possible.
The A Grappoli D'Inverno are actually designed to be hung on the vine in a shed and stay fresh into the winter  We'll see about that.


As for the grape and cherry snack varieties, I have no problem at all eating a kilo a day, every day. I hope they do well enough to make me sick of eating tomatoes. Yeah, like that's gonna happen. I love those suckers. My candy.


Any overflow of the sauce tomatoes I don't want to deal with will go to the restaurant of a friend who will make kickass pizza sauce with them.

#1627136 Bigcedar 2019

Posted by DWB on 19 April 2019 - 01:03 PM

I like your dogs a lot. Your Kadie reminds me so much of a dear friend's black lab named Kady. She was lost quite a few years ago to cancer at a young age. Tragic.

#1627127 Growing Chiles in HEL - 2019

Posted by DWB on 19 April 2019 - 11:55 AM

My maternal grandparents emigrated from Finland many moons ago. They wound up in Upper Michigan. Pretty much the same kind of place, I think.