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#1505821 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stickman on 19 November 2017 - 10:34 AM

Whoa Rick, cold is already serious on your place!
Thanks, all fine here!
I gave away some peppers, with other i blended with usual, exceeding, part of garlic and put on freezer. Fine until now!:D
I am not cooking at the moment, i'm more into sports lately.:P

Freezing some sofrito sounds like a good way to use the harvest Giancarlo. [emoji106] It's a good time of year for sports... Harder to over-heat. [emoji6]

Sounds like you've been busy! You will have enough to get through the winter ;) We've had 1 night of frost last week and it killed off all my plants... guess the forecasts were wrong and it was much colder. Anyway, the pods were not frozen so just had to pick and clear out :)

Cool that you were able to save your final harvest Stefan. I hope you got enough heat put away for the winter too. ☺

Hey, Rick.  Your season finished off in fine style, my friend! 
Your grow log reads like a food blog - very entertaining and
informative   :drooling:  The sauce production just blew me away. That's
a ton of effort and love there, buddy... You set the bar too high for
a piker like me!
Our season wound down slowly this year.  The temps were okay
wrt freezing, but the sun is so low and the weather damp so it
didn't help a whole lot in the final analysis.  It did allow some F5
crosses and a few Aji LD to ripen up.  The best performers were
the JA Red Habaneros (!) and Yellow Scorpions, followed by the 
F5 cross.  The Aji LD, of course, produced a ton for a so-so plant.
I think I'm really limiting my grow next season.  We are going on a
trip in the Spring, and I don't want to have worry about the garden.
I will start some F6 crosses that my neighbor will babysit while we're
gone, maybe 4-6 to plant out when we return home. For the 2019
season, I'm thinking only 4-6 varieties, with the above-mentioned and a 
chocolate habanero or something similar. Maybe 2-4 plants of each.
I'll just have to be satisfied with getting my grow thrills from your grow
log next season.  Enjoy the slide into winter, Rick and congrats on a
really superb season!
BTW interested in some F6 seeds of Tristen's cross?

Cheers Paul! Glad you got some more color before the fat lady sang. I hear ya 'bout low-angle sun and cloudy days... We're getting a lot of that atm, and rain too, which is great for the garlic I planted last week. The digging then was so easy that I was thinking maybe the ever-present Voles had dug tunnels in the raised bed but it was just that the sandy soil was so dry. I spread a bale of straw on the bed to provide insulation and hold moisture. That and the "bulb-tone" fertilizer I added ought to help the cloves get a good start before the ground freezes. My soil samples are at the lab right now, and I'll know what amendments to add in the spring after I get the results back later in the week.

Today's projects are yard cleanup, washing the windows to maximize solar gain and pressing out the mash to make fire cider. The pressing's done... I got two half-gallon growlers to see us through the winter. My Wife has a head cold so the timing is pretty good... [emoji3]

The seeds sound interesting, thanks for the offer. What did Tristan come up with?

Have a good rest-of-the-weekend all!

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#1504791 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stickman on 12 November 2017 - 09:36 PM

Hi folks,

     It warmed up a bit this afternoon so I set up the new composter next to the raised beds in the veggie garden and planted the garlic. It's a mix of Chesnuck, German Red and German Porcelain. Fortunately the soil hadn't frozen much... just a little bit of frost in the top inch and fluffy soil beneath. I'll have to spread some mulch over it to hold in the water. Cleaned up and cut back the herb bed... boy, there was a jeezly amount of mint roots, but I pulled most of them out and harvested the last of the winter savory, thyme and Syrian oregano (za'atar). I'm thinking herb rolls for Turkey-day... :drooling:


    Inside, I baked 2 loaves of our usual honey, buttermilk, whole wheat bread and made up another 2 cases of hot sauce... this one was a bhut, mango, roasted pineapple sauce with pequins, paprika and coconut sugar for flavor and white vinegar and salt to preserve it. It still tastes fruity and mostly sweet, with a respectable creeping burn. The remaining pods will be dehydrated for powder, and that's all she wrote for 2017.


     Cheers all!

#1504550 Devv-2017-Having a good time in the dirt

Posted by stickman on 11 November 2017 - 08:34 PM

Seems like this site has some good information regarding boron:

Thanks Scott! Interestingly enough, the link you posted said that carrots and cabbage were particularly responsive to Boron deficiency and after adding Borax to my garden soil for the first time this year I've grown the best-looking examples I've ever done!

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#1504359 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stickman on 10 November 2017 - 08:32 PM

Oh, please keep those temps up your way. ;)


Heh... Inshallah... ;)

#1504356 Devv-2017-Having a good time in the dirt

Posted by stickman on 10 November 2017 - 08:27 PM


With Texas soil, it can't be shipped out of state, so I have to use the A&M labs. It's supposed to have some organism(s) that other states decided they didn't want..LOL


So here's the form:



I chose number 3. It wasn't a cost thing; I just felt I didn't need the other tests ;)


Interesting... I wonder if low Boron is a result of adding lots or compost and/or manure. Apparently we're already low on it in our New England soils, and maybe the extra organic matter adds to the deficit. I'll have to look into it some more. One thing's for sure... the only way to raise the TCEC in sandy soils is to add lots of organic matter, and then you have to tune the nutes to bring it all back into balance. It pays dividends though. :)

#1504276 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stickman on 10 November 2017 - 02:08 PM

It's been a good year Rick,


I have this big note on my desk:


"Soil Samples"




Sorry to hear its over, but the break will be a welcome relief for sure!


You've had a cracka year, I'm sure next year will be bigger and better!


Looking forward to spectating again soon!


All The Best,


TBG :dance:


Thanks for the good vibe guys! I pulled out the plants and cleaned up the raised beds before taking soil samples to send in and figure out next year's amendments. Logan Labs will run a standard soil test with extras that tests for pH, organic matter, total cation exchange capacity (TCEC), sulfur, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, boron, iron, manganese, copper, zinc, aluminum, cobalt, molydenum, silicate, selenium and conductivity for $30 a two-cup sample. Considering what you can spend on amendments, I think it's a real bargain! TCEC is a way of measuring the soil's ability to hold onto certain nutrients in such a way that it's easy to exchange them with plant roots. It has other benefits, but that's what's most important to many growers. http://www.soilquali...change-capacity

   For folks who want to study this in more detail, an excellent book that's  understandable to the layman is "The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food" by Steve Solomon and Erica Reinheimer  https://sites.google...e-food-download


     The pepper bed cleaned up with the exception of a bit of cilantro in the far right corner of the bed. The pulled-up plants are in a pile on the left.



Winter is finally here without a doubt. The temperature has been dropping all day and went from 36 degrees (2C) at 6am to 30 degrees (-1C) at 2pm. It should hit a low of 12 degrees (-11C) tonight and 9 degrees (-12C) tomorrow.


Cheers all!

#1504269 Devv-2017-Having a good time in the dirt

Posted by stickman on 10 November 2017 - 01:42 PM


Thanks Rick,


We sent the soil samples off to Texas A&M today. I went with pretty much the full spectrum, skipping the organic material part. I think I'm good there ;)


Good on ya Scott! I got mine bagged up and boxed for shipment. There's some difference of opinion over whether or not the PO is open today or tomorrow, so I'll just get it in on Monday. After all, spring is a little ways away... ;) Last year I tested for Phosphate, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, boron, iron, manganese, copper and zinc. This year I'll add cobalt, molybdenum, silicate and selenium to that. I believe my results in the Scotch Bonnet growing challenge speak for themselves. :)


#1503974 Devv-2017-Having a good time in the dirt

Posted by stickman on 08 November 2017 - 10:50 AM

Critters are a PITA sometimes, but glad to see you're still in the game Scott.

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#1503421 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stickman on 05 November 2017 - 09:16 AM

Hi folks,

     The fat lady sang yesterday, and I pulled all of the pods that looked big enough to save. Most were green with just a bit of color, but the plants were dropping leaves like crazy so it was time. When I pick up the chipper/shredder from the place where I store it, I'll pull up the plants and run them through for the compost. Then it's time to send off a soil sample for testing so I know what amendments to get for next year.


Take care all, and we'll see ya next time around. Cheers!

#1503420 Tridents Bonnet Set - Season 4

Posted by stickman on 05 November 2017 - 09:06 AM

It's certainly been a year of surprises John, but you've done well with the hand Ma Nature dealt you. You've gotten some really memorable pods, and hopefully you've put away enough summer sunshine in the form of sauces and powders to last you through the winter. All the best, and looking forward to next year's adventure. Cheers!

#1503282 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stickman on 04 November 2017 - 05:05 PM

Fresh from the garden beats all ... again you have had a great season Rick and it's good to see all your hard work going into those great looking sauces. Will get your chilli Christmas card away in the next couple of weeks

Cheers John! Does anything I grew sound good to you for next year? I saved the seeds from my biggest SB pods this year. [emoji6]

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#1503124 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stickman on 03 November 2017 - 08:54 PM

We've noticed the decline as well. Mainly in the fruit that's available down here. It may look good, and then you get it home....


Nothing compares to fresh from the garden for sure. ;)


True that... I'm also looking at vacuum sealers. Something tells me my gochu powders will keep much better vacuum sealed into canning jars to reduce oxidation. :)

#1503120 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stickman on 03 November 2017 - 08:30 PM

Cheers Scott! It wouldn't be a large-scale grow for sure... We don't have the space. I was thinking more along the lines of winter greens and protecting some root crops so we could leave them in the ground and harvest as needed. Boy, the cost of fresh produce is increasing and the quality in the markets is going the other way if you buy out of season.

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#1503112 Stickman's 2017 Minimalist Glog

Posted by stickman on 03 November 2017 - 08:18 PM

Spent yesterday morning helping some home health clients render lard from the pigs they'd just butchered.

It smelled really good and came out snowy white when chilled.1102171209.jpg 1102171209a.jpg 1102171301.jpg

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#1503090 Flavours of the Caribbean (Mainly)

Posted by stickman on 03 November 2017 - 07:06 PM

Swearing eases the pain Rick, I'm a church going choir boy, HONEST [emoji6] swearings the defence against the cap onslaught.
Told Mikeusmc in text, no cramps at all, such s clean pod , but Reaper Jigsaw Moruga UV is some brutal combo lol.

3 pods stand out this year for sheet heat and burn, this Hurtberry, Chocolate Ghost Monster, and Chocolate Bhutlah SM.

I'm growing toms and garlic next year [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji482]

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Heh... No chiles next year? I can believe as much of that as I want. [emoji6][emoji3]