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Crazy tomato seedlings

27 January 2019 - 05:51 PM

Some of my tomato seedlings are doing some crazy stuff. This one is A Grappoli D'Inverno. I have some Amish Paste that did the same thing. I germinated under a humidity dome at 82-ish. These seeds popped quick and shot out like silly string. As soon as they pop, I move them into a light chamber with plenty of light.This one is probably 5 days post emergence.


What causes this? Some of my starting containers have a normal sprout along with one of these string plants.


Should I just go ahead and plant this one deep?


That's a shiny quarter in the picture for size reference.






Here's one you'll want to avoid

23 January 2019 - 03:03 PM

Buc-ee's Carolina Reaper Salsa.


The first Buc-ee's travel center outside of Texas just opened in our county. 50 pumps and 50,000 square feet of genuine goodness imported from Texas. According to the local news, this is A Big Thing for L.A. My wife stopped in there yesterday to look around and came out of there with a pre-made pulled pork sandwich and a jar of the above mentioned salsa to bring home to me. She's a wonderful and considerate wife with 37 years of experience.


Before opening the salsa, I looked at the ingredient list. Many of the usual suspects beginning with tomato and canned tomato with some jalapeño and habanero and finally ending at the very bottom with some carolina reaper pepper powder. I opened it and took a taste with a spoon. Yeah, you can tell a little bit of reaper powder was brought fairly close to the opened jar before it was sealed. But not much. It tasted pretty foul too. I closed the jar and set it on the counter to revisit later.


Meanwhile, my wife walked through the kitchen and said something smelled like gas. She didn't say if the gas smell may have originated from gasoline (which is out in the cars) or natural gas (which we don't have) or fart gas (which I didn't do). So I opened the jar of Buc-ee's and asked if that was the smell. She said "YESSSS!, that's it. That shit's FOUL".


So, you have been warned. Avoid Buc-ee's Carolina Reaper Salsa with a tiny lil' bit of allegedly genuine Carolina Reaper Pepper Powder.


I give it a 1 for flavor and a 1 for heat. We do use  a 1 through100 scale here for rating hot stuff, right? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


The pulled pork sandwich wasn't too good either. No pickles, no onions and no barbeque sauce.


Tiny tags

22 January 2019 - 10:03 PM

Not exactly high tech but they make my growing easier. These little tags work great for 30 ml medicine cups or peat pellets if you germinate in things like this. Cheap too at a penny apiece. Only bad thing is they come on the slow boat from China. The free shipping package arrives in about three weeks.







Anyone use LED on a light mover?

12 January 2019 - 10:54 AM

Do you find you can keep the light panel closer to the plants without burning them?


I don't know how close these lights can be to the plants but the manufacturer recommendations begin at 36". So far I learned when I moved a 1000w panel to 26" above the plants, all the burning, bleaching and discoloring stopped. Now I'll have to move these plants to another area with a 1200w LED on a mover. At this time I have only 18" of altitude above the plants.



2019 Hay Bale Pepper Patch

20 October 2018 - 09:59 AM

I've been a member for a while but never posted a grow log. My usual garden is too boring for that. I use 20-30 pots and overwinter my mama plants in a hillbilly winter shelter. Our ground here isn't good for in soil gardening and I've not been enthused enough to undertake the work and expense to build raised beds.


Now I have my peppers working the way I want and have the need for a much larger grow to supply a project. The main peppers I'll grow will be reaper, douglah and fatalii. For a couple of years I'll do hay bale gardens and heap tons of organic trash into the area. I have monumental amounts of pine straw, oak leaves and bonfire ash every year to dump in the walkways. I think this will do a world of good to make this new garden area mo'betta for eventual in ground growing.


I closed off a 38x38 patch in the NE field that gets full sun. This is the area I chose. The big painted guy is my fertilizer supplier.


The little painted guy is my running buddy and load inspector.