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#1438636 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on Today, 04:52 PM

It is time, the big girls are all upstairs, getting used to real sunlight, and the babies have been sent down for a time to soak up 16 hrs./day of the fake stuff.


Can't elaborate, taking The Darlin' Bride to a restaurant I can't afford...27 years, boys & girls, and we still spoon.....







#1437421 Aji White Lightning Bolt

Posted by stettoman on 21 March 2017 - 08:45 AM

First hook poked through this morning. I spread the seeds around the pellet in case of multiple germinations, which make them easier to separate should I want to grow more than one....




Followed by two more.

#1437420 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 21 March 2017 - 08:38 AM

How are the Amarillos faring this week?


Oh yeah, an update on the ammies...


I'm bringing more of them upstairs, we're up to 12.25 hours of natural sunlight, I know that ain't much to a lot of you, but these guys need to get used to real sunlight, and the shorter days (as opposed to 16 hours downstairs) might help them keep from getting too boisterous before I can start putting them out.


But the three originals are still flowering and podding, though the foliage may appear sparse...




They get water perhaps once every couple weeks with a dram of CNS17. Solid7 has inspired me to do a bucket grow in smaller pots with a regimen of CNS17 and controlled direct sunlight. I have a south-facing overhang that will facilitate this.



OH! And I have an aji white lightning bolt hooking this morning! :dance: 

#1437121 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 20 March 2017 - 10:37 AM

Now we're talkin'!

Yeah Scott, I'm really pleased. Another thing, I realized this morning: Not one helmet in the lot.

#1436786 Moruga Welders 2017 Grow

Posted by stettoman on 19 March 2017 - 01:22 PM

I dont remember Rick , I've been off work  from this shoulder surgery for little over 5 months , I've had so much time to read , Probably off some fake news article  ,  lol   



I remember stories about this too, just can't remember where, though a quick web search brought up all manner of stories and news clips....

#1436778 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stettoman on 19 March 2017 - 01:08 PM

Here it is, Rick. Looks can be deceiving, trust me, you don't want to try to walk across this stuff after a quarter inch of rainfall. To add to this, +/- 15 inches beneath this is a layer of solid clay, may as well be caliche. Corn grows great in it, as do squash and some others, EVERYTHING will start to grow in it, but if the soil isn't cultivated regularly and if it rains too often (like last year), tubers especially suffer, but root systems just can't breath....


The phone cam lightened it up quite a bit, this shit is JET black...



#1436771 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stettoman on 19 March 2017 - 12:47 PM

We don't usually get them this late in the season Eric, but the New England weather is and ever shall be unpredictable... If we have an article of faith here, that's it. ;)  Just gotta hope for the best and drive on. :)
Winters in Minnesota may be long, but your soil is worth it, isn't it? Looking northwest of Minneapolis I see it's glacial moraine soils, so sandy, ya?

Yeah it is Rick, sandy with great drainage, exactly what my dad has on his propity 25 miles or so southeast of us. We are physically in what's called the Lake Agassiz Basin, which goes roughly 45 miles outside and along the Red River of the North. The soil literally a half mile to our east is what you describe, but we are in a HIGH nutrient silt lakebed that drained about 10,000 years ago. You could plant golf balls in this stuff and clubs would come up. But there's very little drainage. When it's wet you'll lose a shoe in it, when it's dry it is concrete.

It's funny you bring this up, I was just going out to collect a jar of the 8th acre for testing. I'm planning to till in an aerator this spring, I need loam and this ain't it.

#1436755 PaulG 2017

Posted by stettoman on 19 March 2017 - 11:51 AM

Oh, those rocoto blossoms are gorgeous! Mine are popping as I type, can't wait for purple!

#1436750 P. Dreadie Memorial Group Grow 2016

Posted by stettoman on 19 March 2017 - 11:41 AM

Thanks to Malarky the northwest of Minnesotakstan is being introduced to the P. Dreadie Select, there are 5 seedlings and more to pop if my suspicians are correct. I feel honored....

#1436748 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stettoman on 19 March 2017 - 11:37 AM

50s today in zone 3 (I was informed not long ago that the demarcation between zone 3b and 4a has been moved from 50 miles south of me to 25 miles north. Now I'm getting spammed by fruit tree nurseries!!), and I believe I'm the owner of the last berm of white mulch in this part of the state. Those nor'easters, man, really hold up your anticipation for spring, eh?


Don't worry though, my neck of the woods is known for super nice weather for the last two weeks of March, then we get 36 inches of snow through April.....

#1436732 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 19 March 2017 - 11:17 AM

So my Bingo card is almost filled. Found a couple more new ones this morning. JHP's 7pod Bubblegums are being hardnosed.


Most pellets only got three seeds, with a few exceptions, like the ones showing four Xs (wow, what is the correct way to say "ex's"?). I think Mr. Joyner's pellet got six.


Stay tuned...



#1436404 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 18 March 2017 - 08:22 PM

Ajo oro, mini rocoto rojo and one of the rocoto amarillos. I'm stoked, and now I expect more.

Hey Matt, all the P Dreadies but one germed, and I'm still confident of that last one!

#1436270 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 18 March 2017 - 06:16 PM

An aerial view, note the new hooklets, things are filling up! 


The one out of sync pellet is an aji lightning bolt introduced by Benpiela via Geonerd....it only took to dirt a few days ago...



#1436209 Stetto's First Winter Grow ('16-'17)

Posted by stettoman on 18 March 2017 - 04:34 PM

Finally rocotos. 16 days.

#1435733 Devv-2017-Having a good time in the dirt

Posted by stettoman on 17 March 2017 - 06:00 PM

Oh no! That baby will never see the road on a potential rainy day. I had the Scatpack for 14 months and it never saw a rainy day either. The underside, when I sold it was still shiny clean. It's a 3rd vehicle and lives in the garage. I try to keep it show car clean. How many people open the hood, trunk, and doors after a wash and wipe everything down to keep it looking day one? We do that to the LB's Hemi Charger too :shh:

Don't tell me; your every day car is a '97 Kia with a sticker on the bumper that says "My other car is a '17 Hellcat".