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#1529887 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by bpiela on 21 February 2018 - 11:18 AM

That looks like it's splitting already. If so, it'll grow slower initially, but in the end it might produce more. I'd have a backup just in case it grows too slow from having two growth tips so soon.

I had a Moruga like that last year and one of my CPR Red Grenade is split from birth this year also.


Thanks for the tip!  I  have a couple of seedlings that just popped that I have just in case.  I will be a tad bit behind if I go with one of them, but no biggie.  I am just looking forward to sampling this pepper.

#1529591 bpiela glog 2018 - Giving it another go...

Posted by bpiela on 19 February 2018 - 10:41 PM

Pic of seedlings. 



#1529590 Growdown Throwdown 2018 Yellow Brain Strain!

Posted by bpiela on 19 February 2018 - 10:40 PM

I finally got a pic of my Yellow Brain Strain.  Got a couple more just germinating now, so this will probably be the one I go with...



#1527725 Stickman's 2018 Soil Mineralization Glog

Posted by bpiela on 13 February 2018 - 10:13 PM


#1527295 Walchit's Glog 2018

Posted by bpiela on 12 February 2018 - 09:17 PM

Now, if you can program it to play music from the Halo game, that would be awesome!

#1527137 bpiela glog 2018 - Giving it another go...

Posted by bpiela on 12 February 2018 - 01:51 PM

Haven't updated in awhile.  Still in the process of putting seedlings into 3.5" square pots.  Had to replace a few t5 bulbs.  Still cleaning up a bit.  But, I did fairly well with germination.  I will start baccatum and annuum in March.  Currently, I have the following plants:


3x 7 Pot BBG Pumpkin

3x 7 Pot BBG Yellow

3x 7 Pot Julian

3x 7 Pot Lava Chocolate

3x 7 Pot Lava Red

3x 7 Pot Lucy

3x 7 Pot Nebru

3x 7 Pot Primo Caramel

3x Apocalypse Scorpion

3x Bahamian Goat

3x Beni Highlands

3x Bhut Jolokia Caramel

3x Bhutlah Gold

3x Big Black Mama

3x Big Caramel Mama

3x Big Mustard Mama

3x Big Red Mama Stinger

3x Big Yellow Mama

1x Bonda Ma Jacques

2x Bonda Mahala

1x Brain Strain Yellow (Growdown)

2x Jonah Yellow Brain

1x Buckeye Bhutlah

3x CAP 691

2x Carbonero Sherwoods

2x Purple Reaper

2x Super Datil

3x Fatalli

1x Fatalli Gourmet Jigsaw

3x Fatalli Scorpion Orange

3x Genghis Khan Brain

2x Habanero Adalberto

1x Habanero Mustard

3x Habanero Roatan

3x Habanero White Bullet

2x Hainan Yellow Lantern

1x Hand Grenade Yellow

1x MA Wartryx Varient

1x Macapa

2x Marapa

2x Mystery Wine

3x Naga Cappuccino

3x Naga Viper

3x Nagabon

3x Podzilla Chocolate

3x Scotch Bonnet Elysium Oxide

3x Scotch Bonnet MOA

3x Swiss Chocolate

3x Tobago Treasure


3x Orange Longtail Scorpion

3x Tshololo Orange

3x Unreaper

3x Yaki Brown

3x Yuquitania

3x GP Red Spectacular

3x Nagabon x Congo Chocolate

2x Tabanaga

1x Ajo Oro


Started a few more seeds just so I might get some of the 1x plants above to go to 3x.  Plus, I started a couple of crosses, including D3's Aji Painapple F2, BOC x Reaper, BBG7 x Tabasco and the last couple of seeds I had from the Madam Jeanette x Goronong cross.  I also started a couple of seeds from a cross I got from seeds I purchased from Juanitos awhile back.  They were supposed to be White Hab Bullets but they were accidentally crossed with Urfa Biber.  This is an F3 where the F2 pods were small and peach colored.  Hopefully they germinate and we get something similar. 



#1527130 Devv-2018-Loving life in the dirt

Posted by bpiela on 12 February 2018 - 01:25 PM

Looking great!

#1526698 Uknow 2018 - The Heat is On!

Posted by bpiela on 11 February 2018 - 10:11 AM

Wow!  Awesome job thus far.  297 plants and counting.

#1526440 Essegi 2018

Posted by bpiela on 10 February 2018 - 08:35 AM

Looking great!  and that helmet head looks easily removable.  Best of luck!

#1526199 How do YOU choose your keepers?

Posted by bpiela on 09 February 2018 - 03:30 PM

On seedlings, I use the Park Seed Bio Dome and I usually put a minimum of two seeds per cell.  If both seeds in a cell germinate, I will usually just choose the larger seedling unless the smaller seedling has some interesting traits that were not expected, like purple leaves, etc.  Each cell that germinates gets potted up.  I usually do 3 cells per variety so I would get a max of 3 plants per variety.

#1526116 Signup for the 2018 mega seed train!

Posted by bpiela on 09 February 2018 - 09:04 AM

I can be in one more time. 

#1525378 Sboustani's 2018 Grow Log

Posted by bpiela on 06 February 2018 - 02:55 PM

Did the Mystery seeds pop yet?

#1523307 Meadowlands Homestyle Chili & Salsa Cook-Off 1/27/2018

Posted by bpiela on 31 January 2018 - 11:00 PM

A few of the competitors did Chicken Chili or Turkey Chili that was green based but it was all considered Homestyle.  I can see trying to make one of them next time.  Definitely want to do it again because I had such a great time.


#1522906 Nuking soil

Posted by bpiela on 30 January 2018 - 07:58 PM

I really only do it to my seed starting mix because I put it in a heated propagation mat with a dome and I worry about bad stuff growing in that environment. I don't do it to the soil I transplant them into.


How do you know the soil you are transplanting into doesn't have fungus gnat eggs, or mites or aphid eggs in it?  My main goal this year is to avoid pests at all costs.  I can always add ferts and microbes.  I am ready to try extreme methods in order to avoid pests.  Last season was truly painful.

#1522869 Meadowlands Homestyle Chili & Salsa Cook-Off 1/27/2018

Posted by bpiela on 30 January 2018 - 06:16 PM

Ok.  Event has passed.  It was a great time.  There was supposed to be about 35 competitors but there were less than 30 that actually showed up.  I meet at least 5 different competitors that were all there for the first time at a chili cookoff.  Everyone was nice.  I don't know if I could ever judge an event like this because I liked everyone's chili.  But, after tasting many chili's, I did feel that I like mine the best.  My chili was spicier than the others, but nothing too insane and over the top.  We had great feedback during the People's Choice hour, got many compliments on the chili and the salsa.  Everyone loved the salsa (except for maybe the judges).  It is probably too sweet to win an event but it is yummy.  Overall, I got one second place vote for the salsa and one third place vote for the chili, but alas, not enough at the end of the day.  Just so happens that the World Champion Homestyle Chili maker is from the area and he showed up supporting his daughter's efforts.  They were super nice folks and gave plenty of tips.  He says the judges are fans of cumin and salt.  I can certainly up the cumin for next time.  I have plenty of time to test at home before there is another homestyle event.  I would certainly do this again, mostly because I had a great time hanging out with my wife cooking chili all day and talking to all the interesting folks that were there.


So, here are some pics:

First pic of the cooking area overall looking out from our table.  Not a large area, but not a large competition.



Here is a pic of my wife in our tiny cooking area.  We had gotten there early and got a great cooking area.  Unfortunately, when time started, the circuit we were on overloaded so they had to move us to the corner.  Hurt us for the People's Choice, but that is ok.



A pic of me being a goofball in front of our chili.  Note, this is a homestyle event so beans and stuff like that are allowed.



A pic of the World Champion and his daughter.  Great folks.



My wife took this pic of the chili and the assorted Pampered Chef products we used:



A Salsa pic: