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#1469040 2017 Grow Update

Posted by PaulG on 20 June 2017 - 05:12 PM



When you used the growbags, did you notice faster drying out versus plastic pots? I worry that I might be too busy to keep up with the watering once it gets really damn hot. 

I did, PMG - you have to watch them closely.

It's worth the effort - they work great.

#1468768 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 10:50 PM

It was one of the vids on your video
screen when your video was over.

#1468648 PaulG 2017

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 03:47 PM

Thanks, Bernd.  We have problems with Eucalyptus  here, as well.

I'm not sure, but didn't they originate in Australia?  Koala Bears eat

them, I think.  Maybe Portugal should import a million Koalas to get

rid of the trees!


I think that we are going to see many such problems with invasive

species all over the world.  Pretty soon, that's all any of us will have.

In our neck of the woods, it's Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy and

Russian Thistles.  Not to mention all the exotic animals gaining footholds,

like the pythons in Florida.  I'm afraid the genii is out of the bottle, and

there is not going back, now.


I hope the fires subside soon for your country and there is no more loss of life.

#1468638 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 03:11 PM

Hey Rick, I forgot to say how much I like your new ride.  Looks like a great unit.  

Can't go wrong with a Toyota Tacoma.  The only thing better is the 4Runner

built on the Tacoma frame!

#1468637 The 2017 randyp "All the Worlds a Stage"grow.""Rush""

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 03:09 PM

Geez, Randy, your plants have really grown.  

They are going to grow out the top of your

frames in no time!

#1468635 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 03:06 PM

Great vids of the milling machines, Charles.  I did a brief stint

in a sawmill after I got out of the service back in the day.  I was

always amazed by how the big saw units could manipulate the

logs, like they weighed nothing!

#1468632 Moruga Welders 2017 Grow

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 02:54 PM

Glad to see those pods coming forth, Frank!


Sounds like you had a nice Father's Day with your family...

#1468631 Devv-2017-Having a good time in the dirt

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 02:52 PM

Sorry to hijack your thread, Scottie!



stopped by to say hola, pics and grow look great \o/



Ramon!  So good to see your name on the forum, my friend!

The JA Red Habs you and Devv sent some seasons ago are

doing great - biggest early pods I've seen.  Hopefully the

summer pods will be as big and blocky as they have been in

the past!


You take care of yourself, buddy!

#1468630 Essegi 2017: at bare minimum

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 02:46 PM

Your peppers look great, Giancarlo.  

My Serranos are just starting to flower,

they are way smaller than your plants!


Keep those beautiful scenics coming,

my friend!

#1468629 Peter S - 2017 grow

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 02:43 PM

Looks great in the aerogarden!  Getting some tomatoes, all right!

The dwarf piquin looks amazingly prolific.

#1468623 Growdown Throwdown 2017 Aji Lemon Drop!

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 02:39 PM

I have heard of sunny days...what are they like? Do I have to pay extra to get one?

Okay, buddy, they are finally here!  It is so great to see some sunny days,

The next 10 days look perfect, sunny and 70's!  You better get the restraints

on those pepper plants - they are going to take off!

#1468622 'I don't have space for this...' - b3rnd 2017

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 02:37 PM

Bernd, are you alright?  Have seen reports of the devastating fire in Portugal.

I hope you are not in that area - it looks just horrific.


Let us know you are OK, bro!

#1468619 PaulG 2017

Posted by PaulG on 19 June 2017 - 02:29 PM

Thanks for looking in, fellas.  I hope everyone had a great Father's Day

weekend, as appropriate.  We went to a wedding in Central Oregon in

Three Sisters area, so we didn't really celebrate it much.   Summer

weather seems finally to be here just in time for the solstice. Lots of

folks are heading there for the  upcoming total eclipse.


No shade cloth, some are under mosquito netting though and i'm sure that's helping some. Plants in the greenhouse are subjected to temps around 120f. Having a hard time getting pods to set on the omni bonnet. Still need to relocate it to somewhere else in the yard like out front or something. 

120˚   :eek:


That's tough on those pepper plants!

I don't keep anything in the greenhouse

in the summer.   I forgot to open it up a few

seasons ago and it hit 140˚ - fortunately nothing

was in it.  Now, I don't even bother closing the

door and windows from now to September.


Good luck finding a nicer home for the plants!


First of all, as always, nice looking plants Paul. You could teach us some lessons in everything it seems! 

You are very generous, Bernd - thanks, my friend!


Second of all, I'll trade my current weather with any of yours right now. Today it hits 42 C when the sun is highest, which is about 107,6 F. With temps like this, putting anything in the shade doesn't even help anymore. Some plants are somehow still miraculously producing pods though. The habs and some baccatums are still working. I thought pollen was supposed to go sterile above 32 C (90 F)? I have not heard of that...

I hear that.  Seems like the whole world is having weird weather.

I hope your plants keep plugging along.


I am so sorry to hear of the tragic forest fire and loss of life Portugal

is experiencing at the moment.  How sad.  I hope you and your family

are not involved in the conflagration.  It looks terrible on the news. Central

Portugal seems to be engulfed in flames.  The victims in the burned cars

must have been terrified.


My prayers go out for your country and its people.


Man, what can I say, Paul? Your entire yard is highly impressive...and extremely tranquil. It amazes me how well you grow in containers. I don't have much luck with them. Your knowledge and patience is also very extensive. I must say, I'm lovin' the work you're doing with Trippa's cross, "White Lightning". The ivory color is very appealing to the eye. You do outstanding work! Fantastic glog!


Thank you very much, Adam.  All I have to do now is get

the irrigation dialed in, and I can enjoy some of that tranquility!


Will try to get some pics of the 'White Lightening" up in the

next day or two.


Man! A slow crawl into summer is a very apt description of this season Paul! I'm glad to see your chiles are finally taking off and beginning to show some color. How is the overall health of your plants after the BLS scare?


I think we are in connected weather systems, Rickster!

The chilis are starting to put on some robust new growth

with the warming soil temps helping the roots unlock the

manure's Nitrogen.


As for BLS, I think we are past the problem, other than

the normal stuff that appears when the weather is snarky.

I still pick off any leaf that looks suspect, but haven't seen

many lately.  The new growth all seems clear and healthy.


When we get past these two days of near 90˚ weather, we

will be into a 10 day stretch of more normal temps in the

sunny 70's range, more to my (and the plants) liking!

#1468408 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by PaulG on 18 June 2017 - 06:19 PM

Looks very good, Rick.  We have just begun at least a 10-day

stretch of temps in high 70's and 80's with lows above 50˚.

Hope to see the same greening and growing acceleration you

are speaking of real soon!  


Have fun on your trip and kudos to your wife's mom for longevity!

#1467934 PaulG 2017

Posted by PaulG on 16 June 2017 - 10:38 PM

Paul your plants and yard look great. Really nice set up you have. I'd happily trade you a week of weather. Been in the 90s and dry as a bone for several weeks here. All my river birch are dying. Finally got some rain last two days.

Nice size pods for early season. I'm jelly

Thanks, Michael.


Seems like the weather just can't mellow out and settle down this season.

90's are tough on the peppers - using shade cloth?


Sorry about the weather Paul. Hopefully it will break soon.


We're having it the other way, mid to high 90's.


I wish we could meet in the middle ;)

That would be awesome - lets throw Michael in the mix, too!



I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't just pull all my tomato plants and start over with store bought. They seem irreversibly stunted. 


Mi tomatoes are actually doing pretty well.  

I wish my papers looked as good!


Go figure...