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#1451057 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 28 April 2017 - 03:14 PM

It got up to 50 today, full sun, no reason not to bring the babies up for their first taste.


Most look like they've spent their lives in a cave. Yes, they got the same Cal-Mag mist every two weeks, plus a bit of CSN17 in their water. Other than color most look mighty healthy. I hope the onset of real sunlight will invigorate the light ones.




It's kind of funny; I'm usually just now seeing the first hooks from an April 15 start.

#1450871 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 27 April 2017 - 07:00 PM

Looking good! Do I see some tomatoes in there?

Yessir! Amish paste, a bulky thick monster that grows like a chiapet. I've gotten to where I grow 5 tomato plants of the same sauce making type every year and go to the neighbors for varieties for salsas and salads.

The amish paste won a competition about ten seasons in the making. It seemed that it was the ONLY variety I grew every year with sundry others.

The neighborhood is comprised of commercial farmers, almost all of which keep small roadside stands where they or their kids sell all manner of vegetables--except for peppers beyond bell and banana and the odd jalapeno.....

#1450867 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by stettoman on 27 April 2017 - 06:47 PM

Just a little teaser to prompt some smack talk.

Y'all better run for cover   :seeya: 

Shows the benefit of using diesel...
to counteract the sucky PNW weather   :cool:

Very impressed, Paul!! Got any with more than 1 pod per node?

#1450565 PaulG 2017

Posted by stettoman on 26 April 2017 - 05:27 PM

Good on your moderating Spring, Paul. We turned to schnitt here a few days ago and now there's 3 inches of snow with 4 more expected. It had been so good I was just about to cut my first harvest of asparagus, but waited just one night too long-whole plot froze out.

It was 62° just a couple days ago.

Rawk on!

#1449910 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 24 April 2017 - 06:24 AM

Those little starts are really growing, Eric!

Thanks Paul, and yeah, they seem to be doing well in spite of me...

The sweeter peppers seem to grow faster than the hots. It'd be interesting to look into why.

Small reminder yesterday that dirt day is a month or more away; we had a half inch of snow. Gone now, but the message lingers....


The weakly photo update;



#1448670 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2017 - 01:29 PM

I'm afraid I'm out of the contest. We had a freeze last night and it killed my lemon drop, and most of my other chilli plants :(


No chance to start over? Last weekend was my traditional planting day, unless your first frost of fall is in late August I think you have plenty of time. 


I am sorry for the loss, though. It has happened to me more than I'd have liked.

#1448665 Pimenta De Neyde x Bonda Ma Jacques

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2017 - 12:43 PM

Jeez Paul, when your book comes out I want a signed copy!

#1448664 Devv-2017-Having a good time in the dirt

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2017 - 12:40 PM


Wow Eric! That soil looks like dark chocolate! I'd be loading up to move there, but it's too dang cold!




You like it now, you should see it WET!!


Living up here (as you know) is an exercise in acclimation. Some can, many cannot. I survived 12 years in Fountain Hills AZ until I went crazy not from the heat, but from missing the change of seasons, so I brought my unsuspecting bride and children "home". Been back here where I grew up since 2002, and the family still doesn't hate me. I think I have a chance....


I spent an all-too-short week in your neck of the woods in March of 2016, could easily live there if some/most of those other people would just leave....

#1448659 Joyner's 2017 Minimalist Pepper Party

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2017 - 12:30 PM

Yes it did but no idea what that is, it is not an annuum which is what I had there hahahah



Yah, I have some Mystery Peppers going here too. Were supposed to be Aji Amarillo, definitely something......other.


All included with the price of admission!

#1448656 Windchicken 2016

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2017 - 12:23 PM

Poor Charlotte. At least Neil didn't get his signature hiccups. It's neat when they give you your due credit!

#1448654 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by stettoman on 20 April 2017 - 12:05 PM

PaulG, on 14 Apr 2017 - 3:34 PM, said:snapback.png

Not even tax day, look at all those blossoms!!  

Where's the pods?   :think: 

:rofl:   Seriously, Eric, they look great!





Where are the pods? This is one HAPPY plant!





Kindly note the happy cherry tree outside prematurely leafing out about 3 weeks early....

#1448475 An interesting mystery...for me

Posted by stettoman on 19 April 2017 - 04:57 PM

PaulG very kindly sent me a large assortment of aji Amarillo seed way back last November, and I planted a bunch from two different baggies, one marked F5 and one marked aji Amarillo Peruvian 2015.


Two of the plants that grew out of the aji Amarillo Peruvian I do not believe are, and I didn't get real suspicious until blossoms opened. I PMed Paul and he has no idea, so you guys get to take a stab at it.


The suspect:




Note that this plant is producing WAY more flowers than any of the amarillos, and the flower stems droop significantly:




The blossoms themselves are half the size of amarillos and bear no petal artwork whatsoever. Also the obvious: Purple on the inside. PaulG thinks a cross, perhaps a Bhut-Jolokia, me? This is my first exotic grow, guys... :high: I'd have to make it up....






Oh, and like I told PaulG, my apologies for the camera work. We can't all be Geonerd or Dragonsfire or Pepper-guru or JHP or......  :violin:


But thanks for any input!!

#1448462 Joyner's 2017 Minimalist Pepper Party

Posted by stettoman on 19 April 2017 - 03:44 PM

Only time will tell what this mutant really is, planted cilantro after the previous pepper seed never sprouted





Hey Chris, I think that previous pepper seed sprouted!

#1448406 Devv-2017-Having a good time in the dirt

Posted by stettoman on 19 April 2017 - 10:05 AM

Scott, I've grown a LOT of tomatoes, had a LOT of tomato plants take down cages and trellises and string setups, and until you simply realize that the only way to hold up the tomatah monstah is industrial...


I quit growing full rows of tomatoes years ago, have weaned myself to no more than 5 plants/year now, and these 8' T-posts have NEVER failed these last 4 years. Yes, they are driven 3 feet in. They haven't met their tomato plant match yet...


18056647_283197432129549_151899896754560 Don't you just love a freshly tilled garden plot?

#1448403 PaulG 2017

Posted by stettoman on 19 April 2017 - 09:51 AM

Sorry about the weather Paul, but I guess that's why they call it weather, eh?.... :confused:


We get hail here, but rarely anything damaging. If you go just 50 miles to the southwest it will take out rooftops. Something geographical there, I suppose.


We get wind. Micro-bursts of it that can clear a plot. I'd rather take the odds on hail...


...those leaves are monstrous, by the way.