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What Does Really Great Premium Compost Look Like? Like This!

09 April 2017 - 10:48 AM

This is vermicompost. At least, it started out that way.  Last year, one of my bins got overrun by geckos, which decimated the population of my worm bins.  At first, I was really pissed - but then, things just kept going on, as normal. It seems that where the worms left off, the mites, roaches, soldier flies, and others, kept right on going.  In fact, I prefer this consistency of what I'm getting now, over my worm castings.
Composting is often a multi-step process.  Unfortunately, nature doesn't work uniformly, so composting needs some refinement, often times. (at least, the way I use it in my containers)
This is some of my "raw" product.  As you can see, it's still got "remnants" in it.
From the first picture, you can see that I have some of my "raw product" in a screen.  I'm working a small batch for a single planting here.  I prefer not to store my compost, as I like to use it with all of its microbial load intact.
This is about how much I use for a 5 gallon bucket: (for reference, that's a 13 gallon tub, and this is approximately a #1 nursery pot full)
And finally, this is a better idea of how the compost should behave.  It should not be "heavy" or "muddy".  It should not make bricks, like adobe.  It actually should feel like millions of little feathers in your hand. 

Free plants - Local Pickup Only (Melbourne FL area)

16 January 2017 - 11:47 AM

OK, I know there are a few of you around here, so this won't seem like such a stretch.

I've got a few plants that I've decided not to grow out again.  But they were a labor of love, and as such, I don't have the heart to put them in the compost pile.  Basically, I've given them the overwinter treatment.  (removed them and pruned them, in the same way that they would normally be handled for bringing inside for the season)


The plants are free, but you gotta come get them.  All that I ask, in return, is that you bring me an empty 1 gallon nursery pot, to replace the one that you get.  Doesn't seem like a big deal, I know, but hey - you're getting a mature plant.  If you don't have any pots, you can usually pick them up for free from one of the big box stores with a garden center.


Here is what I currently have, or will soon have available:


Inca Berry

Fidalgo Roxa X Grao de Bode

Kathumby Black

Chocolate Brain Strain

Chocolate Bhutlah

Chocolate Borg 9

Cheiro Roxa

Several unknown crosses


PM me if interested.

Thank you.



Anyone growing micro tomatoes?

11 January 2017 - 03:45 PM

I'm interested in trying some micro varieties, to complement the dwarf varieties that I already grow.

Anybody Micro Tom?  Mohamed? Others?


If so, please share your thoughts, and possibly your seeds!

Made smoked power without the smoker

09 January 2017 - 09:46 PM

I made some really nice smoked powder from Gourmet Fatalii Rocato and 7 Pot Burgundy peppers this week.  I don't have a smoker, so I just soaked a piece of hickory (it's what I had laying around) in water for a couple of minutes, and set it next to the burner in my gas grill.  Once it was smoldering, I turned it over, and started the other side smoldering.

After this, I put the grill on the lowest heat, moved the wood in-between the middle elements, at the bottom of the grill, and put the peppers on.  I let them get just a bit black around the edges, and then turned the fire off.  They remained in the grill until the wood was a pile of ashes.  Then, off to the dehydrator, to finish the job.

All I can say is, the result was amazing.  I'm not that fond of the 7 Pot Burgundy smoked - I think they were better with their natural flavor.  But the FG Rocato is a thing of beauty.  This will be in my garden again, no question about it.  Can't wait to make burgers this weekend...



Why do so many people still use high P fertilizers?

13 December 2016 - 03:25 PM

I really have to know...  In the day and age of free information, why do so many people still buy into the myth of high phosphate fertilizers?  When it is well established that no plant known to man uses more P than N or K, why is this done?  I see ridiculous fertilizers posted here, sometimes.  Things that have 3 or 4 times more phosphates than either N or K.  What is the purpose?  Is this just one of those, "that's how we've always done it" type things?  Just a relic of former ignorance?


Who really buys into this "veg" and "bloom" propaganda? (the evidence points to a reduction of N for bloom, not an increase in P)