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violentglitter

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#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:

 

Anyway...

 

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:

 

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

 

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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.

 

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It looks... like a light.

 

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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.

 

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#1515563 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

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

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: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:




#1512964 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

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

:woohoo:

 

My seeds arrived today, too.

 

Thanks, Guru.

 

:onfire: :onfire: :onfire:

 

 

 

 

 

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




#1512302 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

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.




#1512185 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

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!




#1512152 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by violentglitter on 19 December 2017 - 07:58 AM

:dance: :dance:

Looking forward to learning a thing or two as this will only be my second season growing anything.

 

The battery acid soak and diesel ferts sounds like a great idea. I've also read from highly credible sources that watering regularly with a strong bleach solution is a great way to ward off pests and bacterial issues, especially while the plant is young.




#1511984 What grows in the blistering Fla heat?

Posted by violentglitter on 18 December 2017 - 09:14 AM

Those sweet potatoes look awesome!

 

I grew up a block away from the Redland fruit and spice park (I love that place!), and those smaller, rounder bitter melons grew wild. I had completely forgotten about them until I was browsing seeds online! I had no idea what they were, back then. Our neighborhood was filled with so many groves and fields that no one minded us picking stuff here and there, as well as what we grew maintenance-free on our own property, it has ruined our idea of store-bought produce, both in flavor and cost. I wish I had the "grow-stuff" bug when I lived down there, as there were probably 5 nurseries in walking distance.




#1511797 Hello from North Central Florida!

Posted by violentglitter on 17 December 2017 - 10:29 AM

Hello all,

 

I've been a lurker around here for nearly a year, and figured it is about time I registered.

I found you all around the beginning of the year when my oldest son (9 then, now 10) wanted to start a garden. I decided I like salsas and can never quite have enough heat in store-bought stuff, I'll grow peppers as "my" part of the garden. I refused to make an investment that was likely to go nowhere, and we grew different seeds from the 4/$1 section. I held no expectations. We only had a 22'x22' back yard to grow in, and most of it was taken up by a 16' pool.

 

Something about seeing those seedlings pop up had me hooked. Suddenly I had about a dozen ice cube trays with holes drilled, a mega pack of solo cups, and 40ish baby pepper plants, and wanted to give them their best chance. I came here for ideas, and became obsessed with comparing my progress (with reason, again 4/$1 seeds in mediocre at best growing conditions) to those in the Glog section, and seeing what I have to look forward to.

 

This seems like an amazing community with a lot of amazing people and good humor. I look forward to joining in on the fun this year with my somewhat more serious attempt number 2. I am a complete newbie to growing as well as the varieties of peppers. I have a near-zero budget, but now live on 4 acres, with about a quarter acre separately fenced and completely unused that is screaming to become my grow space. My husband asked me not to grow anything hotter than a habanero in case our smaller kids decided to "be like mommy" and tried to eat a pod, but having that fenced space may will be my excuse to adventure into hotter territory.

 

Sorry for being long-winded, but again, hello!