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#1471550 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by stettoman on Today, 10:09 AM

Its been crazy around here. Wife broke her ankle, had surgery, stays off it for 3 months. It's been nuts. 



I should be harvesting soon....muahahahahahahah









Yeah, nice plant, but how far are you standing/posing behind it? Perspective looks a little suspicious... :drunk:

#1470997 U)<now's 2016/2017 Indoor/Outdoor Glog

Posted by stettoman on 27 June 2017 - 08:35 AM

Nice work, and BOY, do I hear you on the deer. They topped all my Aji Amarillos and Mama's bell plants, decimated just about everything else but tomatoes.


I'm sure the U.P. is filthier with the cloven-hoofed rats than where I am, kep de battle de blood clot, mon!!

#1470685 PaulG 2017

Posted by stettoman on 26 June 2017 - 10:10 AM

Wow Paul! We were told we'd be facing 100+ temps here but it's been downright cold for June. I don't envy your heat, we're back into the 70s here.


Those Amarillos put mine to shame, brutha....

#1470652 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 26 June 2017 - 06:31 AM

Sorry about the deer. They belong in the freezer, not in yer garden ;)


Critters is why my garden is fenced. Not so pretty, but not care, it's just us out here, and it works :D It was first introduced to keep the dogs from "helping", and has expanded to meet current needs.


Funny how nothing eats the maters?? Speaking of, we have a few Amish Paste maties on the vine. For here the plant was a late entry this season; but next year I will plant 8 or 10 to see how they do. The ones on the vine look mas inviting ;)


Thanks for turning me on to them buddy!


Your plants in the pots show some real promise! Looking forward to seeing them kick some tail :party:


Plenty of feral kitties around here, they work the field rattas and nakers :shh:


I have a few in the freezer, you'd think that would deter naughty, wouldn't you....?


Fenced. Right! You reminded me that in our last place we had a deer/rabbit issue, and I set up a low-charge electric fence that did a pretty good job of keeping both out. I went to the shed, and after an hour of excavation I found the gear. Only took the wife and I a half hour to set up.




I even had a half roll of new wire to string.




Don't let the deer fool you, Scott. What had me buying this "dog fence" in the first place was the deer in the tomatoes. They would take a single bite out of every fruit on the vine, ruining them all.


I really don't get deer and their eating habits.


Oh, you had asked about our Amarillos. They tasted really good, but had very little punch in the way of heat. I'm hoping that they man up with subsequent pickins...

#1470186 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 24 June 2017 - 02:25 PM

Oh, and the 8th acre had this thing in it this morning. The dogs cornered it. This pic is taken, of course, after the Mamma has cleaned it up and adopted it...


Can't be 6 weeks....



#1470184 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 24 June 2017 - 02:20 PM

Man that sucks about the deer . I would say I would put a cage over each one , but all is Looking good  ,   :party:


Have you ever put down a thick layer of good hay ( johnathan ) to keep the weeds at bay ? It also breaks down to nice rich black soil .


Frank, I've been thinking about all kinds of things, from hay to sphagnum peat to even tilling in perlite. My dilemma is energy spent against result and satisfaction. The wife has me talked into a raised bed for her strawbs next year, Malarky's setup has me thinking of raised beds for at least the peppers and tomatoes....


The deer I just want to eat.....

#1470127 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 24 June 2017 - 09:57 AM

Boy, I'm afraid to have a soil test done. I'm sure it will mean yet mo work for me ;)


Please be careful with the soil acidfier, one can't take back to much. Better to add in 3-4 small doses a few weeks apart. Just sayin' ;)


How did you like the Aji Amarillo? We picked our first the other day; the wife tried it and it went in our meal. Good stuff!



Yea, take it easy with the PH adjustments. You've already nuked your plants once this year... ;)


As for nutes, I can send you a box of Tucson's Finest Grade A Bat Poop.  Lightning in a bottle!  It will give your plants a serious case of Bat Crap Fever.  :metal:


Post some more pics if you get a chance....


Yessir boys, commencing to take it easy with the acid adjustments....


Pics, you say? Well, ok. I'll start with the potted ladies on the deck.


This is a Rocoto Amarillo, seed from Malarky. It had an adverse reaction to a bug spray used to kill a PDreadie assassin. But it has many teensy flower buds and I have a hope...




Speak of the Devil! My recovering PDreadie SS, courtesy of Windchicken via Malarky. I believe it is both pissed and thankful, so I should get my Scotch Bonnet buckets full...




And here is an Aji White Lightning Bolt, the rambunctious one of the lot, I believe Geonerd shared the seed, ultimately sourced from BPiela.




My Lazarus Pepper, the Aji Lemon Drop. Back from the dead always trumps dead.....I, uh...always say...




Geo sent me some pods one day, and one that I tried out of the box was an Aji Mango. Numb--EEE!! So I planted one, which has finally come out of a slumber and shows signs of thriving!


Note the hopeful grow stake inserted for inspirational purposes... :dance:




I potted a couple of PaulG's F5 Aji Amarillos. They didn't seem to like me much at the beginning, but the ones that the DEER AREN'T EATING are doing wonderfully.




On to the 8th acre. These plants, though not racing for the sky, aren't all that unhealthy looking. In fact I only lost one pepper plant out here, a jalapeno. That was BEFORE THE FEKKIN' DEER....




Yes, weeds. I'm having trouble getting out there with a tiller or hoe because it keeps raining. I don't. Hoe. Muck. The area sans weeds was a science experiment with a product called Preen, which I will be using more and more...


An example of not-so-starving-for-nutes....yet. One of Devv's Sweet Paprika plants, adorned with dozens of tiny flower buds ready to make me paprika.




Ah, my tomatoes. Amish Paste they are, and growing faster than any I've planted these last 15 years. If the blight don't get them I should be swimming in sauce come August....




...a-a-a-a-nd FEKKIN' DEER TRACKS IN MY PEPPER PATCH. The dogs (seen in the prior tomato pic) went nuts about 6 am this morning. In 8 years of living in this particular spot I've NEVER had the deer invade, but invade they did last night. My exotic and superhots survived, except for one Aji Amarillo that I believe can come back, but the bastiges ate half of Momma's bell peppers to the nub, all of the lettuce and spinach, ate every last Christmas lima plant, started eating the leaves off my honey-crisp apple tree and trampled the shit outta...These are young'uns, this year's fawns, by the size of the prints.


Makes me want to hunt their mothers down and......Well, that'll have to wait til November, but BOY! Will I enjoy venison this Fall!!




Here is the victim Aji Amarillo. They left just enough...





So then, how was your Saturday morning?

#1469801 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 23 June 2017 - 07:58 AM

Yesterday was humbling. I purchased a soil testing kit and learned some things about my primordial ooze: I am depleted in nutrients and off-the-scale alkyline across the entirety of the 8th acre.

I have 60 lbs. of Espoma organic soil acidifier shipping as I speak.

Adjustments must be made.

#1469376 The Pest Guide

Posted by stettoman on 21 June 2017 - 07:05 PM

I got him last night, HM01. Hid in the tall weeds and jumped the bastid as he threw off cover. Kilt 'im good, I did.

#1469206 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by stettoman on 21 June 2017 - 06:48 AM





I went ahead and sprayed the plant with Ortho Home Guard last nite. It's what I had on hand. There are no pods yet so I figured what have I got to lose....


I didn't think to probe soil around the plant, I might have found him hiding underground.


Just one, but he was definitely big enough to single-handedly kill mah Dreadie...



#1468826 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by stettoman on 20 June 2017 - 08:48 AM

Sun is going down, so I made a quick video. Sorry about the noise of the fans. They seem to be on all the time these days. Its been getting to around 105-110 in there. 60's at night.


105-110? Don't they refuse to pod up after 90?

#1468640 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by stettoman on 19 June 2017 - 03:22 PM

That really looks like hornworm damage. Check for large, blocky feces below the damaged areas...

I agree, but where are they hiding during the day and why ONLY the PDreadie?

Oh, and no visible feces of any kind.

#1468563 Alien Tomato :)

Posted by stettoman on 19 June 2017 - 09:57 AM

Update on Tomato. Popped him in a pot and see what happens :)





Egad man! Imagine if you'd have eaten it!!

#1468514 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by stettoman on 19 June 2017 - 06:52 AM

Look for young caterpillars, I had more than my share this spring. BT was the trick.

That was my first guess, Scott. I just can't find any. As much as has been eaten any catepillars would be at least big enough to see, yes?

#1468282 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by stettoman on 18 June 2017 - 10:44 AM

Here's a mystery: I have a number of various peppers growing on the property, a total of 6 that I have potted, the rest in the dirt. I have no aphids or other pests that I know of on ANY of them except one: My potted PDreadie. Something is dining on the leaves, but only on the PDreadie plant. I have a Rocoto Amarillo and an Aji White Lightning Bolt directly next to it, and an Aji Amarillo, Aji Lemon Drop and an Aji Mango in pots within a few feet, but none of them infected.


I can visually not find a worm or mite or other pest on these leaves. The other PDreadie, out in the garden about 30 yards away has no sign of infestation.


Is there a chinense-specific pest that prefers Scotch Bonnets? This little bastard takes large chunks out of the leaves, then moves on to another leaf without finishing the one it was on.


Befuddled on the tundra.....me.