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When to Plant Outside

04 March 2019 - 02:31 PM

Need some hand holding here.  What am I waiting for exactly before moving outside?  Last freeze?  Frost?  Some minimum nighttime low temperature?  I'm running out of space under my indoor grow light pretty quickly now and will need to make some unanticipated changes if I'm waiting several more weeks to go outside.  If I'm reading these almanac charts correctly, I'm not safe until the end of April?  That seems late..

Anybody Recognize this.. Seed Tray?

04 February 2019 - 09:56 AM

My dad and his wife were into gardening years ago.  They heard about my chili peppers and left two of these with me without explanation.  What in the world are they?  I mean, I gather they're starter trays, but they have some interesting features, some of which I can't really explain.  Anybody know what this is?


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A Harebrained Idea - Northerly Sky Peppers

18 January 2019 - 06:05 PM

A new outlet for my boredom.  The boredom


Problem: the rectangular footprint of my two-story house is cardinally oriented, faces south, and backs right up to a wooded area.  My HOA will not tolerate rows of Homer buckets set out in front of the house, and it's way too shady around the back, so the plants I can't support properly indoors with my one LED light will have to settle for the east or west sides of the house.  The HOA might even insist on the east side.  


Harebrained Idea: I've got a wood deck spanning the width of the back (north) side of the house.  What say I design and build a means of hoisting a platform up to the eaves or so to get up over the shadow of the house?   Should be able to get full sun on the platform while the pitch of the roof hides everything when viewed from the street.  I'm thinking tubing and pulleys, anchored to the house somehow, with tracks along the frame to steady the thing in the wind.  


Any and all serious or silly ideas and suggestions, please!

Reservoir Color - Black?

15 January 2019 - 02:44 PM

Does a hydroponic reservoir - say, for DWC or Kratky - really have to be black or otherwise completely opaque?  I've seen folks here grow in transparent glass jars with no apparent ill effects..  I assume the fear is growing algae or some other such undesirable thing if light penetrates the reservoir.

Next to My Chair

12 January 2019 - 12:20 AM

Been thinking about it.. pretty sure I'm growing peppers because I'm bored.  Like, deeply, existentially bored.  Plus, a little harmless pain never hurt anybody, right?  Hell, it's probably even good for you.  We'll see if those are good enough reasons, I guess.  I bought me some "Scotch Bonnet Orange" seeds from Amazon before I found you fine folk, lurked around here for a while, then planted them anyway along with other, infinitely less suspect seeds I ordered from far flung places around the globe(!) as recommended by the very venerable Vendor Vault.  I've got them growing here by my chair.  I sit here and read. (The wall to my right as I took this picture is lined with bookshelves I'm slowing filling as I try to forget the world each afternoon.  Mostly scifi the last few years.)  It would be distracting to have a big boxy tent looming over me, so I've just got them sitting there on a cardboard box.  I hope to replace the box with a little table here soon.

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My rig consists of something like a quarter of the full Amazon Indoor Garden of Tomorrow-orrow-orrow-orrow ®.  This LED light I got is something else, man.  It's REALLY bright!  Paper towel germination, used a few Jiffy pellets, stuck some seeds straight in some old Miracle Grow I had, kept them in the Jiffy box there until they sprouted.  I'm glad to be rid of that Jiffy dome now; it was a pain in the ass.  Ahh.. let's see.. I'm mixing CNS17 Grow into RO/DI water, testing and adjusting up with GH pH kit, pouring it over my little darlings there in about 3:1 coco:perlite.  Just culled and potted up today to 3.5 inches.  All seems to be going well except for some slight canoeing of leaves, which I'm ready to blame on the 24% humidity (We wake up half mummified in the winter.  I know - grow tent.) and a few early spills on my rug.  Trying to keep it simple and not drive myself crazier futzing with dozens of parameters here, so I'm not going to sweat it unless things turn worse.  I'm not!  Worry verges on religion with me, so this will either be therapeutic or turn out to have been a bad idea.. 

Any and all comments or criticisms are very welcome and I thank you all most warmly for having me and schooling me and reading my noodlings! 

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