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Aerating the back 40

22 February 2017 - 12:26 PM

I've bragged/complained about the primordial ooze in my 8th acre garden, it is a fine, high-organic silt, jet black and when wet you WILL lose a shoe in it.


I haven't really done much, added 20-year composted turkey shit one year, threw a couple 60 lb. bags of sand at the low end with the hope of lowering viscosity and increasing drainage (this soil will hold water for just about ever). The sand was pretty much overwhelmed before it had a chance to do anything beneficial. That's how fine and rich this stuff is.


This year, what with all the various manner of peppers going into that dirt, I'm considering improving drainage with either perlite or peat. I could use a little helpful input. YES, I've had good harvests with anaheims and the aji lemon drops I've grown, but they started out very very slow, as if the shock of a denser medium stopped the mechanism to grow and proliferate. I wonder if better aeration could improve on the harvests I now get.


The black ooze is approximately 12 to 18 inches deep before hitting a solid and much deeper floor of pure clay, hard enough that I can't get a spade more than a couple inches into at a full swing, obviously adding to the retaining quality of my muck.


So, thoughts?



Fert/Water question

13 February 2017 - 11:24 AM

I keep two 1 gallon jugs in the grow room, one simple purified water and the other the same, but with a quarter teaspoon of CNS-17 3-1-2 solution.

I'm getting the idea that storing water that's loaded, even just slightly, might not be the best. The inside of the jug with the CNS is a light shade of green and the water feels "slick" between my fingers. I'm obviously growing a culture in there.

So it's best to mix what I need, when I need it, or is a little biological matter ok for watering?

You Guys Made Me Do It!!

11 February 2017 - 12:27 PM

Copyright infringement? Heh,  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ, boys and girls,  ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ...


Besides, imitation is the best form of flattery, and this site deserves a BOOK be compiled!!




My first entry is related to an intense current craving.




Next though, I'm going after the Throwdown threads! BWA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! And yes, I'm attributing...

"Limp Tips" A new one on me....

31 January 2017 - 04:07 PM

Never seen this. On any plant I've ever grown. None of the other plants are doing this.



Gallon pots

28 January 2017 - 05:40 PM

Anyone have a source for nursery grade 1 gallon trade pots where you don't have to buy 50 or 140 at a time? My pots are of different heights and widths and I crave consistency. I think the peppers would appreciate it too.

My best pots are 6 and a half inches tall by 6 and a half diameter at the top WITHOUT SIDE HOLES. I could get them at the local nursery, but they don't open up here until April at the earliest.

I found a couple at Amazon, but $30 for 20 cheap flimsy plastic pots seems like gouging.