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#1552549 Walchit's Glog 2018

Posted by bpiela on 11 May 2018 - 02:11 PM

Looks great!  Also I like the homemade pot.  Nice color!

#1551686 Devv-2018-Loving life in the dirt

Posted by bpiela on 07 May 2018 - 03:01 PM

That is a beautiful pod!  Keep 'em coming!


A modest pull.




Pain for my fellow employees who dare in the morning :shh:


#1549975 bpiela glog 2018 - Giving it another go...

Posted by bpiela on 30 April 2018 - 04:20 PM

Thanks!  I hope to plant out soon, but the weather today is on the cold side.  I will start hardening off this week and shoot for May 11th/12th for plant out...

#1549962 bpiela glog 2018 - Giving it another go...

Posted by bpiela on 30 April 2018 - 03:43 PM

So, I got this nice Shishito plant going...



I thought this was kinda cool, but still hard to see in the picture.  All of the little side branches are also pushing out buds.  So much potential on this plant!


#1549071 windchicken 2018

Posted by bpiela on 27 April 2018 - 07:25 AM

Plants look great!  Great varieties.  That was a fun video at Matthew Arthur's garden.

#1548634 Stickman's 2018 Soil Mineralization Glog

Posted by bpiela on 25 April 2018 - 09:08 AM



Are you doing anything nematode-ish in your gardens to possibly combat pepper maggots? 

#1548196 bpiela glog 2018 - Giving it another go...

Posted by bpiela on 23 April 2018 - 08:32 PM

Plants have outgrown the lights.  Here is a tray of BBM's, BMM's, BYM's, etc.  They are large.




I need to get a secondary lighting system for when the plants outgrow my shelves.  I could adjust the shelves but then I would have to get rid of a shelf.  And it wouldn't be easy.


Close enough to plant out to say that Wow!  I didn't get a single freakin' bug this year indoors!  That is a first!  No way I can be jinxed.  :shh:

#1546049 Mulch around plants?

Posted by bpiela on 17 April 2018 - 10:05 AM

Look up "back to Eden" gardening. There is conflicting info about wood chips, some people say the Rob nitrogen from the soil. But I have seen the back to Eden growers with nice plants. I was gonna use cardboard and wood chips in my paths and maybe newspaper and straw around the plants, maybe just straw


I have used this straw with success in the past.



#1544998 Floricole 2018

Posted by bpiela on 13 April 2018 - 07:02 AM

So, with your huge grow area, how many plants of each type do you grow out?

#1544997 Knotmyselfs 2018 Grow

Posted by bpiela on 13 April 2018 - 06:58 AM

I have been microwaving my soil before use this season and I have been bug free for the first time ever (so far).

#1544876 HOT dogs

Posted by bpiela on 12 April 2018 - 05:01 PM

Awesome Dogs!  But now, that brings up a question.  Is it 1000 Island dressing or Thousand Island dressing?

#1544698 D3monic's Crossing Project/Community Grow

Posted by bpiela on 11 April 2018 - 10:56 PM

Just throwing out some Aji Painapple pics.  Here are my F2's.  Started these from seeds from pods from an overwintered Aji Painapple last season.  Gotta bendy ruler in there for size.



I call these F3's but they came off of the Aji Painapple F2 I grew last season that looked like a cross since those pods were red.  They tasted great anyways so I saved seeds and who knows what we will get.


#1544252 Jedisushi06 2018 grow

Posted by bpiela on 10 April 2018 - 09:34 AM

Are you using granulated honey in the rub?

#1544248 Stickman's 2018 Soil Mineralization Glog

Posted by bpiela on 10 April 2018 - 09:18 AM



I think I might have asked you this before, but I cannot remember in my old age...  With the solar mulch, do you lay it down first, then pin it down somehow and then cut holes where you want your plants?  Do you just cut an "X" or do you cut out a circle?  Thanks!

#1541705 bpiela glog 2018 - Giving it another go...

Posted by bpiela on 01 April 2018 - 09:46 AM

Been awhile since I posted so here is some quick shots.


The main group of plants.  Still growing.  I started giving the plants some nutes and they started shooting up, almost too much, so I am not going to be giving too much more nutes before plant out.  The biggest plants I really do not want them to grow too much taller.  I had actually moved some plants around and combined the tallest in one tray.  I found 3 plants that were not getting enough light and moved them to a tray with shorter plants.




Here is the rack where I mostly have my annuums and my tomatoes.  There is one tray there with some chinense.




From the rack where I have my larger plants, I did get one Aji Oro to germinate and here is a cool pic of it starting to flower amongst the other plants in its tray.




Lastly, here is my first tri-cotelydon.  I got some seeds from Rainbow Chile Seeds late in the game but I really wanted to start one of their Boze Moj F4.  Here it is.




I hope that I will get a pod off of that one by the end of the season.  In any case, I will probably over winter it, once I figure out how to over winter things without bringing in the bugs.  On the bugs topic, I have not seen a single pest this season.  There, I said it.  I am probably jinxed now, but it has been a wonderful thing not having to deal with pests through April 1st.  Hopefully, I can keep that up until plant out.  I guess the combination of not doing overwinters and nuking my soil before use has worked.  Also, this has been the first season where I had my fans going since day one.  I still need a couple more fans to have everything covered.  Anyways, Happy Easter to all!