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Mr. West

Member Since 11 Jun 2018
Offline Last Active Apr 22 2019 08:09 PM

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pot worms?

13 March 2019 - 12:00 AM

I was making tea from earthworm castings, just by steeping them overnight.

I noticed there were small white worms in the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

At first, I thought they were from cocoons that had hatched. 

I found an article about pot worms that might explain them better.

I'll be researching more. Input is welcome.

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First flower is unusually small

04 February 2019 - 09:55 AM

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This is the first flower to open on a 7 pot primo yellow. It's about half the size I'm used to seeing from other chinense varieties I've grown.

I pinched and pruned for a while before letting my plants flower. Now, they're forming a lot of buds at once. Also, I moved them outside on the 1st.

Are primo flowers generally this small, or what might be the reason? All i can come up with is: the plant's stored energy is in high demand, being used for many new flowers. Also, maybe the bloom size correlates to the leaf mass (production level of photosynthates).

I'm reading some stuff about the source/sink relationship of carbohydrate translocation.


Lemon Pepper Fish

24 January 2019 - 02:25 PM

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1/2  tsp turmeric

1/2  tsp sea salt

1/2  tsp old bay

4     cups rice

4     stalks lemongrass

2     tilapia filets

1     sprig dill

1     juice of lemon

4     small habanero (peach pheno with sprite flavor)

1/2  tsp black pepper


Insect frass

16 January 2019 - 05:12 PM

Thinking about ordering some frass to boost my plants immune system with the chitin and beneficials.

Seeking input, experiential knowledge, anecdotal evidence, etc.

I was also considering azamax, just to have it on hand. Break glass in case of infestation.

All this in anticipation of putting my plants outside. Want to be prepared with some preventative and some cure.

Q&A section says you can add the frass to a "mature" AACT after 18 hours. (Apparently, it releases ammonia which can harm "young" micro organisms.)

Right now my fertilizer plan is aact and top dressing with compost tea solids and worm castings.

I also have fish & seaweed liquid feed 2-3-1 and hi-brix molasses.

Plants are in burpee premium organic potting mix .12-.12-.12


First time starting spinach

21 November 2018 - 04:52 AM

I just germinated Bloomsdale Long Standing spinach. I soaked 36 seeds for about a day, and used paper towel method in bag. I have 12 already sprouted in seed cells with organic potting mix. 5 more that germinated later have been moved from the paper towel to cups. The rest of the attempted seeds were discarded.