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Seeds for Science - Middle School Class Project in Action!

08 December 2012 - 02:25 AM

Hey THP...I thought I would throw this out in THP-land for some support.

As some of you know...I am a science teacher. I teach 7th grade science in a rural district in north central Texas. I teach regular science classes as well as advanced science. My advanced science students are participating in a year long project, to compost, harvest seeds, dry, germinate, grow, and at the end of the year, sell the chile plants to the public to raise money for the science department. This is in an effort to teach students about self reliance, business practices, accountability, and agronomy. As most of you know, budget crunches have virtually eliminated funding to most schools, and departments within those schools. This project empowers students to take ownership in the development of a life, a product, their school, and ultimately, their education.

We are currently in collaboration with Texas A&M for some seed stock, as well as harvesting seeds from what we can find, including peppers we can be reasonably sure have "pure" seeds.

I have open pollenated seed stock...which is fine for me personally. However, we are in need of "pure" seeds, for any type of chile imaginable. We need to be able to offer the community a pepper plant that is almost assured to be what we say it is.

I'm reaching out to THP for assistance in our project. We have zero dollars to spend...not even postage. If anyone would like to be a part of our project, and donate "pure" seeds, we would be most appreciative. Any pepper variety is welcome...from heatless...to hell.

Here are a couple of pics of kids harvesting seeds from an awesome find...one of my student's grandmother has a chile pequin plant, with no other pepper species anywhere near the area. He brought a bag from which we harvested seeds. You can see total student engagement, and ownership of their own learning. We are going to dominate this...and show kids THEY can overcome all the political foolishness and make their own way...and do for themselves.

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Thanks in advance...and i will start a project thread here on THP soon so you may follow it if you are interested.

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SFRB Mixed Supers: 40 chiles!

27 October 2012 - 10:31 AM

SFRB...$20 shipped CONUS.

These are from my 2nd fruiting...we get a double harvest in Texas. :)

Plants still going strong, so let me know if you're looking for more of one particular in the near future.

Naga Morich, and Congo Black pods were huge in the first fruiting, and smaller for the 2nd go 'round. They are still on par for heat, and flavor may actually be a bit better than earlier in the season.

The "Naga X" (a cross) has similar flavor and heat as the Morich...but a bit sweeter, and a touch less heat. I've received a lot of positive feedback from previous buyers that it was their favorite of the mixed lot...that, and the hot red jalapenos...they'll suprize ya!


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Robert Slade Russell

07 October 2012 - 07:21 PM

I just wanted to post up some quick props to Robert Slade Russell. I've dealt with him numerous times with him as the "customer", and I recently had the pleasure in dealing with him as a seller. I got 2 boxes of fresh bhut jolokia from him in record time...they got here FAST. I opened the boxes...and good lawdy! He stuffed HUGE pods, jam packed into the boxes. I received 400 grams, which is pretty close to a pound. Not one pod was damaged, nor were any old...these were very fresh. OK...I've had ghosties before...and been eating supers from y garden since April...but Slade's ghosties woke me up. I have NEVER had a ghostie that damn hot. I tried at first...just a piece the size of a tic-tac, and was sweating like mad, red faced, and bloodshot eyes immediately. I thought I did something wrong...maybe I angered the chile gods. I diced the rest of the pod on my chilli tonight, and couldn't finish the bowl. Absolute perfection. So I puree'd most of it, and kept few more fresh to man-up to.

Great guy...always prompt, and I look forward to doing business with him ANYTIME.


Mixed Supers/Exotics - SFRB @ $22

20 August 2012 - 11:36 PM

I prepared a SFRB for grabs...$22 shipped. What you see is what goes in the box!

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How to Kill Aphids Like an Extreme O.G.

13 August 2012 - 05:55 PM

After battling aphids for over a month...after 3 organic insecticides...after thousands of ladybugs...I was forced to do the unthinkable. The NUCLEAR option.

Yesterday, I applied pressurized dihydrogen monoxide to the tops, and undersides of the leaves. Rivers of dead bodies flowed beneath me.

No more aphids. Why didn't anyone tell me it was that simple?

*for those of you playing at home...the chemical in question is H2O.

Originally, I was just going to hook up the spray nozzle and lay down suppressive fire due to a crazy force of bees and wasps...to drive them away as I picked this week's haul. I noticed at the first plant...aphids pouring off the leaves...so I started spraying up, over, under, all around as I went from plant to plant. No more sticky leaves...and I've only found a few surviving micro-colonies on a stray leaf or two...and spot treated those with Safer BT.

We'll see how it goes a week from now...but I can get in my aphid killin', watering the garden, and harvesting at the same time...pretty sweet!

Here's a before pic with lots-o-aphids...will get after pics this week...

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