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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)

Standouts and disappointments from my grow this season

18 October 2016 - 11:41 AM

So far, I've had a pretty successful season.  As usual, lots of new varieties.


Just a few thoughts from me, and hopefully others will chime in.


My favorites this season:


Fidalgo Roxa X Grao de Bode - beautiful plant, and very nicely flavored peppers.  Just wow.

Inca Berry - prolific, and fantastic flavor, from a very compact plant

Red Fatalii - first time I've grown it.  This is my baseline for habanero-like peppers (sauce maker)

Yuqutania - another compact, yet prolific plant.  Makes a great addition to a pickle jar.

Aji Amarillo - I never thought I'd get this one, but glad I did.





Chocolate Brain Strain - just not as good as I had hoped, and a seriously needy plant.  Looked like shit for most of the season.

Jigsaw - this has got to be the hardest plant to germinate that I have ever encountered.  Seriously...



Not yet yielded: (no verdict yet)


Aji Fantasy Sparkly White - I have great expectations for this.  Damaged in hurricane, recovering. (was loaded)

7 Pot Burgundy - this one intrigues me so much.  I love big pods.

Fatalii Gourmet Rocato - looks like a rocoto, but isn't.  Recovering from hurricane damage. (lost my only pod)

Kathumbly black - I have pods, just haven't picked.  Such a beautiful plant and pods.

Cheiro Roxa - this one is supposed to be amazing.  Grows slow for me!

Obeah (F2) - one kind member sent me these.  Still waiting on first pods.  Almost there.





I want to hear what everyone else liked so far this season.  Go.