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#1545788 Violentglitter Stumbles Thru 2018

Posted by violentglitter on 16 April 2018 - 05:14 AM

Hah, sorry guys, I've ended up drowning in work! Hopefully I can get some pics up within the next day or so.


I don't have any amazing progress, other than a serious need to transplant some stuff that is being stunted (like I didn't want to do this year) by my leaving stuff in pots they are outgrowing. (I have 2'-3' tomato plants sitting in Jiffy pods still :shh: ) And I have a bunch of stuff I wanted to start ages ago that I'm running way late on. :tear:


#1535548 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by violentglitter on 07 March 2018 - 08:15 AM

You sewed those yourself? I was thinking about doing that for mine when I move outdoors, has to be about the cheapest you could get pots for


I did. I didn't measure anything, just eyeballed random lengths of the fabric, folded over and seamed up two sides, then folded the corners of the sack inward and let the soil hold it for now.


I will probably invest a little more time into measuring exact sizes for bigger pots, but I didn't think I needed to worry so much about how exact or even uniform these "step-up" pots were. I suppose I would if I were setting up any true experiment, though.

#1535212 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by violentglitter on 06 March 2018 - 08:31 AM

I've been pretty busy and neglecting to update, but here are some more recent pics of my YBS. I have them in a few different environments atm to see how differently they grow. I have been somewhat handicapping them, because I have been having a hard time finding the time to eat, much less for potting up plants. I did, however make a couple DIY grow bags from cheap landscape fabric that I would estimate to be around .75 gal. Three of my YBS are in those with a mix of the cheap pennington soil mixed with a healthy amount of perlite and worm castings. The one I previously moved to a solo cup is still in the solo cup and has been on the screened-in back porch for a bit, and was recently joined by the ones in my grow bags. I have one that I am torturing, still sitting under the 45w LED in it's "jiffy-7" or whatever it is pellet. They've all been getting the Epsoma organic start at intervals that I can't quite recall.


Blurry pic from about 5 days ago, when they FINALLY came out of the jiffy pellets straight to these:





The solo cup:


The tortured just in case my grow bags failed me:



All but the solo cup and one of the ones in the grow bags look like they are showing signs of a calcium deficiency.

I need to find time to give these guys the attention they deserve!

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Posted by violentglitter on 03 February 2018 - 12:17 PM

I suppose it's better than nothing... I had bought a few bags of the cheap pennington potting soil from walmart a while back as a generic for growing some stuff I didn't take too seriously. Since it is probably a little more nutritious than a jiffy pellet, I took my runt YBS and threw it in a solo cup filled with the pennington to see how it does.


It looks so very tiny in it's new home. The soil isn't nearly as drenched and muddy as the light makes it look.

#1522125 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by violentglitter on 28 January 2018 - 02:05 PM




Maybe temperature / airflow?  I used jiffy pellets without a problem.  +1 for potting them up in soil or in a car battery.  :)


There is a ceiling fan in the room that I had hoped would work well enough, but being secluded in a corner and semi-surrounded by other various things the airflow may be a problem. The room temp is on avg 75.

#1522123 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by violentglitter on 28 January 2018 - 02:02 PM

It isnt the strain or seeds. I would pot those up in some soil of your choice and keep the lights no closer than a foot if youre concerned there.


I didn't mean it as the strain or seeds. I assume my lack of experience and/or patience. On the contrary, they have started much better than any of my cheapy seeds I grew last year for sure! I measured the light, because I have them hung on a pre-existing point on a desk that in my excitement "looked good enough". (Yeesh, I'm just an impatient kid not putting forth the extra half of an effort to do it right. :mope: I somehow see this as I type it.) I just measured, and it is only about 8" above. Time to rig something better!

#1522121 Violentglitter Stumbles Thru 2018

Posted by violentglitter on 28 January 2018 - 01:54 PM

I saw a cheap soil testing kit at Lowes and thought I would give it a shot. I wanted to test the fenced area that would be generally kid and dog free that is currently unused. There are some wild blackberries that grow along the fence, a couple trees, but the rest is nothing. The grass had grown to about hip height until the frosts had flattened it back out. I don't think anyone has even opened the gate in months. I'm on the fence on whether I want to keep everything in containers or go in the ground.



I lazily took a pic as I walked by, so it is very vague and near useless, but the fenced in triangular section cutting through the middle is one corner of this area where plants will likely end up, in ground or otherwise.



A couple cups of the soil sand.



pH seems to be around 5.5 and acidic



.I took this while still waiting for everything to develop and forgot to take another after the fact. Looked like med-high on potash, med on phosphorus and nitrogen seems non-existent. I'm not sure if I should go for a more specific soil test kit, have it tested, or not worry about it for this year.


A few days ago I planted a few different things requested by my mom- sugar snap peas, sweet banana peppers, and a bunch of homestead tomatoes.


Yeah, that also a bit of a pointless pic, as you cant see much of the seedlings. My 3 year old helped plant the tomatoes, so I ended up with the entire pack going between 24 of the cells, and almost all of them have popped.


I finally had one of my mystery pepper seeds germ, and so it made its way into a jiffy pellet and I started another ziploc with 10 or so more of the mystery seeds.


I am also adding a few tomato varieties to my grow: pink and yellow brandywine, russian queen, and chocolate cherry. I eat a LOT of tomatoes, so I thought I would start to grow a larger amount of limited varieties, and let some of them suffer in the ground with hopefully minimal effort.


I'm still trying to narrow down what types of peppers I want to order, and am hoping I will have better germ rates with the next batch of mystery seeds for this smaller round.

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Posted by violentglitter on 28 January 2018 - 10:01 AM

The YBS seems to be growing a bit 'meh'. I've never used lights, never used jiffy pods. I'm not sure if the light is too low, the tips of some leaves are dark and the cotys are going light and one has fallen off.



Of course the other possibility is I over-diluted the diesel. Maybe I should do a kratky in a car battery instead.

#1517679 Violentglitter Stumbles Thru 2018

Posted by violentglitter on 12 January 2018 - 08:27 PM

WARNING: I am seriously a newbie. I guarantee I have no clue what I'm doing, so you will probably see me do really stupid things.


Well, here I go.


A little background...

Fall of 2016, my then 3rd grade son brought home a cabbage with some school contest sponsored by Bonnie plants or something like that to grow the biggest head. I hadn't grown anything since I was a kid and my dad kept a small garden, and thought it could be fun. It didn't live long, and my son bugged me to let him grow something again to "help the Earth". Spring came, and he talked me into buying probably the cheap 4/$1 seeds of all kinds. Something about seeing those hooks pop up had me hooked, and I started growing a few pepper plants to support my love of heat. My couple tiny plants became my obsession, though only 3 ever made it into anything bigger than a solo cup. (One still lives in a solo cup in my kitchen window.)

My husband will eat jalapenos all day every day, but doesn't care for more than that. I was looking forward to sharing some pods with my dad, who is the only person in my family who shares my love of heat, and would jump at sharing any new hot sauces or salsas we could find.  Unfortunately, he passed away before my first habs ripened. I plan to continue the adventure of finding new and better fire. :hell:




I'm almost embarrassed to say that I haven't tried any pepper in it's raw form apart from the grocery store usuals, and want to expand my horizons. I really don't know where to start, and I want to try everything. I have budget of near zero to grow on, as we've recently had to move, get a new car, taking care of my 3 boys, etc mixed in with not the highest paying jobs ;) I'm not worried this season about maxing out potential, I just found that I thoroughly enjoy growing things, and if that means I end with nothing but a few teeny tiny plants, I'm okay with that. :party: Not to say that I don't want to try to push the limits with what I have and see what I can do. 


Last year I started seeds in ice cube trays with holes drilled in them, sitting on my back porch with relative shade and a bit late. This year I've picked up a cheap heat mat and light which arrived today. I know I could've done better with slightly more investment, but the slightly more I don't have right now.

Heat mat with thermostat: https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Light: https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1


For seeds, I was so very lost, and wanted to try *EVERYTHING*. I ordered the mystery pack of seeds from Tyler Farms. So right now my grow list is:



YBS for growdown


I like surprises, though I'm not exactly wanting to end up with an ebay'd mix of maybe peppers, so I'm hoping this will give me a good variety, though I may spend WAY too much time later trying to figure out what the hell I have.  :confused:



Randomly grabbed seeds to maybe germ. Some were slightly cracked, but figured I would try anyway.



The crappy pic of what I've set on an old desk. It had a nail already in the top from hanging something that seems to work okay for now with the light. I took pic as soon as I plugged in, and will make it all a bit more neat tomorrow.



It looks... like a light.



YBS in the expanded pellets with 4/5 hooks. 2 shed their seed coat while planting.


As I threw this all on my desk, I realized just how completely clueless I am at all of this.  :mope:  :shh: 

But what better way to learn, right? :dance: :dance:

#1517343 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by violentglitter on 11 January 2018 - 10:36 AM

Whoops, I've been very busy and haven't had a chance to get my seeds in dirt. I'm glad I caught them before the pods started to burst thru the container.


5/5 germ'd

3/5 attempting to hook in cup


Not bad for my first attempt to germ this way, and using nothing more than an auto-shutoff human heat pad that I would turn on whenever I remembered.



#1515563 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by violentglitter on 03 January 2018 - 08:53 AM


:woohoo: :onfire: :onfire: :onfire:

#1514055 Request/ challenge: propagating

Posted by violentglitter on 28 December 2017 - 07:08 AM

I haven't tried a completely bare branch, but my 3 year old got a hold of one of my small cayenne plants that had been in a solo cup for ages. the stem was pretty woody, and he snapped it off with some very jagged edges, some parts ripped up about 3-4" along the stem of the maybe 10" plant. Some leaves were very roughly torn off and I had NO hope for it. I had just up-potted it the day before and fed it some fish emulsion, and carelessly stuffed the thing deep in the dirt of the same pot expecting nothing. It rooted, and the very short woody stem started shooting out new branches.


That was pure beginner's luck. I'm sure if I purposely try to root something I really wanted to keep, I would fail miserably. :party:

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Posted by violentglitter on 22 December 2017 - 06:58 PM



My seeds arrived today, too.


Thanks, Guru.


:onfire: :onfire: :onfire:






Now I need to hide them from myself until the first.

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Posted by violentglitter on 19 December 2017 - 08:56 PM

Also, a great tip for helmet heads. Soak q-tip in nail polish remover and apply liberally to said helmet head. After 2 or 3 applications that sucker will slide right off. It also helps to soak seeds in the remover before germinating to eleminate helmet heads altogether...


I think you're on to something. But wouldn't it be more effective to do like they do for removing fake nails and/or gel nail polish? Soak a cotton ball in remover, apply to the helmet head, and wrap the whole thing in aluminum foil. Having personally removed nail polish with a q-tip as well as cotton ball/foil soak, the latter requires much less work, plus the nail polish pretty much melts off. I don't see why it wouldn't do the same for the helmet head!


Edit: Also, make sure to use the pure acetone nail polish. The other additives in basic nail polish remover make it much less effective.

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Posted by violentglitter on 19 December 2017 - 01:23 PM

Another awesome germination tip-- instead of using a heat mat or any of that, give them higher temps in short bursts. Transfer seed to a cup about half-filled with water (so the seed doesn't accidentally dry out too much) and microwave on high for about 5 minutes. Repeat daily (or more often, if you're really in a hurry), and it will cut germination time drastically!