2019 - The Farm

Well, it's finally time to start. Again. :)
Finished taking inventory of seeds today, and started the 2019 grow list. Since the 24x96' isolation high tunnel is done, I'll be growing a crazy long list this year, as we'll be growing for 2020 seed inventory. With the soil mix equipment, it should be a lot less work on my back this winter! (Even more so if I get the indoor grow areas plumbed and set up on drip irrigation, still not sure I got the budget for that yet tho)
Some of the seeds I'll be pulling from are damn near 10 years old now, so I expect many of these to eventually get crossed off with 0 germination. Everything I have ever saved or traded is getting planted, though. There's 203 on the list right now, many duplicates though where seeds were sourced from more than one person/vendor. 
The grow room at home is getting a makeover, going to be "going vertical" to get some space back. More on that in a few days...
This list is not complete yet, I will be adding more after I hear back from a few folks I PM'd.
7 Pot Chaguanas Red  (BE)
7 Pot Chaguanas Red  (PL)
7 Pot Jonah (PL)
7 Pot Long (PL)
7 Pot Original Red
7 Pot Primo Red
7-Pot Brainstrain  (LFF)
7-Pot Brainstrain Red
7-Pot Brainstrain Red (PL)
7-Pot Brainstrain Yellow (PL)
7-Pot Primo  (LFF)
7-pot Primo Red
Aji Amarillo
Aji Cereza
Aji Dulce Red
Aji Golden
Aji Golden (old)
Aji Golden  (LFF)
Aji Jobito
Aji Limo
Aji Limo  (LFF)
Aji Margaritereivo
Aji Peruvian
Aleppo (BE)
Aleppo  (LFF)
Amish Bush
Bahamian Goat
Bahamian Goat (old)
Barre Do Robiero
Bhut (Walchits)
Bhut Jolokia Brown
Bhut Jolokia Chocolate
Bhut Jolokia Indian Carbon
Bhut Jolokia Red
Bhut Jolokia Yellow
Big Sun Habanero
Big Sun Habanero  (LFF)
Big Thai Hybrid
Biker Billy (AJ Drew)
Biker Billy Jalapeno  (LFF)
Black Habanero
Bolsa De Dulce
Bonda Ma Jacques
Boyanska Kapiya
Brazilian Starfish
Brown Bhut Jolokia  (LFF)
Brown Moruga
Brown Moruga (PL)
Bulgarian Carrot
CAP 215
Carbaruga Yellow
Caribbean Red Hab
Carmia Sweet
Carolina Reaper (PL)
Carolina Reaper (BE)
Carolina Reaper  (LFF)
Carribean Red Habanero (very old)
Cayenne Long Red
CGN 19198
CGN 20812 
CGN 22091
CGN 22792
CGN 24360
Chapeu Du Frade
Chapeu Du Frade  (LFF)
Cherry Red
Chili de Abrol
Chocolate Bhutlah
Chocolate Naga Morich
Chocolate Scotch Bonnet
Criolla Sella
Criolla Sella (WHP)
Dedo de Moca
Dorset Naga (BE)
Dorset Naga (PL)
Dragon Cayenne 
Dragon Cayenne (most likely crossed?)
Drying Serrano
Dulce Sol
Elephant Trunk
Farmers Jalapeno
Farmers Jalapeno  (LFF)
Farmers Market Jalapeno
Fidalgo Roxa
Freeport Orange Scotch Bonnet
Fresno (BE)
Fresno Red
Friarello Di Napoli
Friarieilo Di Napoli
Garden Salsa
Giant Aconcagua
Giant Mexican Rocoto
Goat Pepper
Goats Weed
Habanero Antillais Caribbean
Habanero Chocolate (PL)
Habanero Cristiana
Habanero Franciscon
Habanero Giant Orange
Habanero Guadalupe 
Habanero Magnum Orange
Habanero Manzano
Habanero Niranja Picante
Habenero Red Dominica
Hawaiian Kona
Hot Paper Lantern
Jalapeno Biker Billy
Land Race Serrano
Large Orange Thai
Large Red 7 Pot (PL)
Large Red Rocoto
Mako Akokosrade
Mako Kokoo
Matay (PL)
Mini Bell Orange
MOA Scotch Bonnet
MOA Scotch Bonnet (very old)
MOA Scotch Bonnet  (LFF)
Monster Naga
Moruga Reaper
Moruga Scorpion  (LFF)
Moruga x Reaper  (LFF)
Ms. Junie
Naga Morich
NuMex Lemon Spice Jalapeno
Numex Pinata Jalapeno
NuMex Vaquero
Orange Habanero (Wicked Mike)
Orchid PI 497974
P. Dreadie
Paper Lantern Habanero
pI 281429
Pimenta Chris Fat
Pimenta de Neyde (PL)
Pimente Espellette
Pimente Espellette (old)
Pimiento Cristal  (LFF)
Poblano (old)
Poblano BE
Poblano  (LFF)
Purple Jalapeno x Cayenne
Purple UFO
Reaper (Walchit)
Reaper Bhut
Red Fatalli  (LFF)
Safi Scotch Bonnet
Santa Fe Grande
Santa Fe Grande (PJ)
Santa Fe Grande Peppers
Scoda Brain
Scotch Bonnet x Bell Pepper 
Star of Turkey
Stuffing Cherry
Sugar Cane
Sweet Anaheim
Sweet Anaheim (LFF)
Sweet Charleston
Sweet Charlston (LFF)
Sweet Datil (old)
Sweet French Bell
Tekne Dolmasi
Tekne Dolmasi (LFF)
TFM Scotch Bonnet
TFM Scotch Bonnet (LFF)
Thai (crossed?)
Thai Orange
Thai Short
Tobago Scotch Bonnet Red (PL)
Tobago Scotch Bonnet Yellow
Tobago Seasoning
Trinidad Doughlah
Trinidad Perfume
Trinidad PI 281317
Trinidad Scorpion Butch T
Trinidad Scorpion Cardi
Trinidad Scorpion Moruga
Trinidad Scorpion Original
Trinidad Scorpion Smooth
Trinidad Scorpion Yellow
Trinidad X
True Cumari
Turkish Cayenne (LFF)
Turkish Sweet Ball
Urfa Biber
White Bhut Jolokia
White Bullet Habanero
White Habanero
Xalapas Large Jalapeno
Yellow Brainstrain (LFF)
Yellow Fatalli
Yellow Moruga Scorpion
Yellow Scotch Bonnet (old)
Added 1/16, ordered from Justin
7 Pot Brain Strain Chocolate AU
7 Pot Bubblegum (BBG7) Bhut Chocolate
7 Pot Bubblegum (BBG7) x Apocalypse Scorpion (No Calyx)
7 Pot Cinder F3 
7 Pot Douglah
7 Pot Jonah
7 Pot Jonah Yellow X SB
7 Pot Lucy
7 Pot Nebru
7 Pot Primo Chocolate
7 Pot SR Strain
Aji Pineapple
Apocalypse Scorpion Chocolate
Bahamian Beast Mustard Stinger F2
Bahamian Goat
Bhut Jolokia (Ghost) Giant Chocolate
Bhut Jolokia (Ghost) Rust
Bhut Jolokia (Ghost) Solid Gold
Black Pearl
Brazilian Brain Strain Chocolate
Brown Reaper Cross
Devil's Nagabrains Chocolate
Elysium Oxide Scotch Bonnet
Fatalii Chocolate
Genghis Kahn's Brain
Habanero El Remo
Habanero Roatan Pumpkin
Jigsaw x Moruga
Jonah's Yellow Brain
Machu Picchu
Mako Akokosrade
Monkey Face Red
Nagabrains Chocolate
Negro de Valle
Pimenta Black Bhut
Sandra's Giant Orange (Long Pheno)
SB7J Yellow
Scotch Bonnet Sweet Moruga Brown
Scotch Brains (7 Pot Pheno)
Skunk Chocolate
Tepin x Lemon Drop
WHP 027
Should have the first of the chinense and pube seeds in the dirt by end of week.
Non-pepper crop

Anise Hyssop
Astro Arugula (Roquette)
Esmee Arugula (Roquette)
Arugula (Standard)
Sylvetta Arugula (Roquette)
Mizuna Asian Greens
Tatsoi Asian Greens
Red Rubin Purple Basil
Sweet Thai Asian Basil
Genovese Genovese Basil
Aroma 2 Genovese Basil
Royal Burgundy Beans
EZ Pick Beans
Tongue of Fire Beans
Prime Ark® Freedom Blackberry
Blueberry Plant Collection Blueberry
De Cicco Standard Broccoli
Belstar Standard Broccoli
Chiko Burdock
Integro Fresh Market Cabbage
Red Express Fresh Market Cabbage
Farao Fresh Market Cabbage
Deadon Fresh Market Cabbage
Bilko Chinese Cabbage
Divergent Cantaloupe (Muskmelon)
Nectar Main Crop Carrots
Negovia Carrot
Nectar Main Crop Carrots
Negovia Main Crop Carrots
Napoli Early Carrots
Yaya Early Carrots
Yaya Early Carrots
Janvel Standard Cauliflower
Mardi Standard Cauliflower
Mardi Standard Cauliflower
Janvel Standard Cauliflower
Veronica Romanesco Cauliflower
Skywalker Standard Cauliflower
Skywalker Standard Cauliflower
Common Chamomile Chamomile
Staro Standard Chives
Nira Chinese Leeks (Garlic Chives)
Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea (Coneflower)
Echinacea purpurea Echinacea (Coneflower)
Leisure Cilantro (Coriander)
Santo Cilantro (Coriander)
Natural Sweet Sweet Corn
Enchanted Sweet Corn
Nothstine Dent Dry Corn
Xtra-Tender 2171 Sweet Corn
Cressida Cress
Cool Customer Pickling Cucumbers
Poniente Seedless and Thin-skinned Cucumbers
Picolino Slicing Cucumbers
Hera Dill
Bouquet Dill
Totem Belgian Endive (Witloof)
Ruby Red Orach Specialty Greens
Light Green Orach Specialty Greens
Dark Green Orach Specialty Greens
Red Russian Kale
Toscano Kale
Westlandse Winter Kale
Toscano Kale
Red Russian Kale
Korist Fresh Eating Kohlrabi
Azur Star Kohlrabi
Kossak Storage Kohlrabi
Munstead-Type Lavender
Megaton Leeks
King Richard Leeks
Pandora Leeks
Lemon Balm
Celinet Summer Crisp Lettuce (Batavia)
Concept Summer Crisp Lettuce (Batavia)
Muir Summer Crisp Lettuce (Batavia)
Alkindus Butterhead Lettuce (Boston)
Mirlo Butterhead Lettuce (Boston)
Red Cross Butterhead Lettuce (Boston)
Sylvesta Butterhead Lettuce (Boston)
Annapolis Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Breen Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Coastal Star Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Defender Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Dragoon Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Ezbruke Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Flashy Trout Back Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Fusion Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Holon Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Jericho Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Outredgeous Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Parris Island Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Ridgeline Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Rouge d'Hiver Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Truchas Romaine Lettuce (Cos)
Bronze Herbs for Salad Mix
Cumin Herbs for Salad Mix
Bronze & Green Herbs for Salad Mix
Bergam's Green Lettuce
Blade Oakleaf Lettuce
Bolsachica Oakleaf Lettuce
Buttercrunch Heritage Lettuce
Clearwater Oakleaf Lettuce
Crispino Iceberg Lettuce
Dark Red Lollo Rossa Heritage Lettuce
Deer Tongue Heritage Lettuce
Garrison Oakleaf Lettuce
Green Saladbowl Oakleaf Lettuce
Ilema Lollo Lettuce
Newham Bibb Lettuce
New Red Fire Lettuce
Red Sails Heritage Lettuce
Red Saladbowl Oakleaf Lettuce
Tropicana Lettuce
Waldmann's Dark Green Heritage Lettuce
Encore Lettuce Mix Lettuce Mixes
Zaatar Marjoram
Clemson Spineless Okra
Yankee Full-Size Onions
Cortland Full-Size Onions
Greek Oregano Oregano
Leonardo Radicchio
Virtus Radicchio
Red Raspberry Plant Collection
Jewel Raspberry
Victoria Rhubarb Seeds
Common Sage
Common Sage Sage
Summer Savory
Green Shiso Shiso
Britton Shiso
Asia Ip Shiso
Red Shiso Shiso
Lemon Drops Spilanthes
Acadia Savoyed-Leaf Spinach
Corvair Smooth-Leaf Spinach
Sparkle Strawberry Bare-Root Plants
Jewel Strawberry Bare-Root Plants
Elan Strawberry Seeds
Alexandria Strawberry Seeds
Ruby Red or Rhubarb Chard Swiss Chard
Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard
Oriole Swiss Chard
Milk Thistle
German Winter Thyme
Frederik Beefsteak Tomatoes
Jasper Cherry Tomatoes
Sakura Cherry Tomatoes
Blue Beech Heirloom Tomatoes
Mountain Magic Cocktail Tomatoes
Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes
Cherokee Green Heirloom Tomatoes
White Cherry Cherry Tomatoes
Wisconsin 55 Slicing Tomatoes
Green Zebra Heirloom Tomatoes
Common Valerian
Farmers Wonderful Triploid Watermelons (Seedless)
Gentility Triploid Watermelons (Seedless)
Sorbet Triploid Watermelons (Seedless)
Sweet Crimson Watermelon

Most of the lettuce is for taste and local adaptability trials, small little plots. We'll be succession planting out most crops, small qty for market, so "big list, not so big qty."
Some of the stock (various herbs, seedless watermelons) is non-organic seed stock and will either be grown either in the north transitional field or in pots. 
570 fruit trees are also coming sometime early spring, those will go in to the dirt as soon as it can be worked after freeze. We'll plant those and forget about them for a few years.. just mow around them. All the big work starts in a few years with those.  Shouldn't need to irrigate them unless we get a big dry spell, and/or until they start producing.
Cleaned dollar general out of 30 gal tubs

Busted up some coco


Mixed in some goodies

Got me some potting soil

Moruga x reapers

Carolina reapers

Scotch bonnets, habaneros, misc other stuff, small batches of butch-t and primos for soil testing

Ruid said:
Marijuana that doesn't get you stoned is what I'd consider joint pain.
Not me, THC makes me so unbelievably paranoid and introspective. Something about my brain chemistry don't get along with it. (Maybe after I retire some day and I'm not living in a pressure cooker of stress, things will be different?)
CBD mellows me out though. Stress goes away and I can focus on an immediate problem without being distracted by 200 other things. 
Last weekend I didn't smoke any CBD - by Tuesday my back pain was so intense I had to give in. I had to give myself a reprieve, was building up a tolerance to it and it was becoming less effective. Re-continued my nightly tokes Tuesday night and feel much better. All the pain is under control once again...
I guess I'll have to take a few days off each month just to reset the anti-inflammatory effect, since the body builds a tolerance to CBD over time.

^ All of that soil from last year has now been used. It's growing plants great. It was so "hot" it needed a year of rest evidently. So the remains of the soil that killed 100+ dead plants from last year are now in play as G1, G2, G3 mixes (G=graveyard).
Also the 1 year old sole survivor of that soil last year,  that I lopped off and repotted is rebounding



(It was repotted in to graveyard dirt from last year because I'm a bastard like that)
PtMD989 said:
How’s Grandma doing? Good thing you caught the water issues sooner than later. Do you expect any high humidity problems in the farm grow room this year?

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No big change w/ grandma.
We're gonna take the time this year to do more controlled top-watering until the plants get so bushy that it becomes difficult to manage, or there's simply not enough time, then we'll do bottom watering. But I want to try to avoid dumping 200 gallons of water in tables indoors as long as possible. 
The high tunnel will help us move plants out earlier this year, by april 1st everything should be outdoors. Many things will get germinated out in the high tunnel. Even going to try starting some peppers out there. (Not risking all of them on a gamble but i'll start a couple hundred direct in 4" pots out there)
PaulG said:
Wow  :shocked:
Mechanized  :eek:
Awesome  :metal:
That's the way to bust up coco and mix soil, Trent.  
Makes my shovel and wheelbarrow seem sort of rustic!
Dude I'm a bit worried.
Mix A and B this year have proven fatal to plants... and Mix A was identical to the mix I used last year on everything. I don't know what in the hell changed, but after 12 days I had 100% of the plants put in Mix A and B die on me. Was only about 20 plants each, but still, worrisome. That's why I used last year's graveyard dirt for the first bulk pot-up of reapers, moruga x reapers, MOA scotch bonnets, and Big Sun Habanero - I don't quite yet have a workable soil mix.
Mix C is showing problems but I think the well water skewed the results on that, as I didn't have a control at home. I also did a 1/2 strength mix C just to see. 
Mix D, E, F each eliminated one of the major components of Mix A-C so I could isolate out if there was a specific problem, if one of the additives has "gone bad" somehow.
The plants are healthy right up until they shrivel up and die, they grow fast, but the roots are destroyed, brown and brittle, when I de-pot the dead/dying to inspect. Get a whiff of ammonia so I think the blood meal is cooking off.
The first "BIG BATCH" above had 13.0 lbs of fertilizer added to the 1 cu yard mix - 5 lbs of blood meal, 2.5 lbs of kelp meal, and 5.5 lbs of fertoz rock phosphate pellets. I also added in 4.5 lbs of azomite for trace elements. IF I did my math right, and that's a REALLY big IF, this mix should be a bit weaker than the latest test mixes I did. If I did my "cup to weight" conversions properly (.45 lb per cup of blood meal, etc) when I ran the numbers it showed I was using 20 lbs of fertilizer per cubic yard for mixes D, E, F, equivalent (29 w/ azomite figured in, at the ratio of the test mixes).
The toxic mix A (which is what I used *last* year, and it worked OK) was 28.5 lbs / cu yd equivalent. Many established organic mixes call for 15 lbs of fertilizer total per cu yd, so I was nearly 2x heavy on fertilizers. 

So goal is to cut it back and see how plants do. Worst case is I have to make extra 5-1-1 fish emulsion runs (which blows any $$ saving on fertilizer as now it gets dumped in to labor metering out a liquid fert). We went through about $200 of fish emulsion last year, but the labor involved sucked, as I couldn't pipe it through irrigation. (Fish hydrolysate can be piped, but it's much weaker than fish emulsion.) It takes about 10 man hours to hand-meter a fertilizer run in 3200 potted plants; this year we'll have at least 2x that...
this is basically what I mixed up for the first cubic yard;

As you can see the total amount of dry fertilizer is only 13 lbs, which is much, much weaker.
Also, costs $1500 less to go that route over the course of the grow.. if it works?
I think this will be my next test mix;

I added in some $$$$ amounts for savings vs. hand mixing and savings vs. commercial potting soil (saves $11,000 over commercial soil to mix my own, organic potting soil runs about $30/2 cu ft)
Could it be that the components or ingredients that you got for this years mixes, are not the exact same strength as last years ingredients? I’m just throwing stuff up against the wall here.

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That gives me an aggregate of macro and micros based on what I change, as far as the fertilizer mix goes. 
(Keep in mind that % is of the X lbs of fertilizer I add, so quite a bit different than if you are doing liquid fertilizer, you don't want a dry mix too strong)
PtMD989 said:
Could it be that the components or ingredients that you got for this years mixes, are not the exact same strength as last years ingredients? I’m just throwing stuff up against the wall here.

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I'm using the same bags as last year still (50 pounds of dry ferts goes a LONG frigging way in potting soil..)
I *think* it's because I'm potting up a little earlier this year (plant maturity wise) - the mix is too strong for seedlings, whereas last year it worked on slightly more mature plants. A weeks difference makes a HUGE difference in root development and plant sturdiness.
The newer, weaker mixes should help, if that's the case. if not, I've got something else going badly wrong..
Think I figured it out. I doubled the amount of azomite compared to last year in those early tests (mix A & B), re-checked my notes and I doubled the # of cups per batch this year on the early tests.
That's significant because azomite is 11% aluminum oxide, which in toxic quanitites .. kills roots and causes calcium deficiency, both of which I've seen.
I didn't even pick up on it until I ran the earlier soil test #'s through that spreadsheet!
So this is re-calibrated for correct weights per cup (weighed out a cup of each fertilizer to get weight). That lets me properly calc weight by cu yd of my old mixes.

Did a full baseline of all of last year's stuff, calibrated to lbs./ cubic yard, and compared to this year's mixes so far

Also shows my memory is faulty as Mix N was what worked last year so well (as well as O and P which upped phosphorous), and I thought the 2019 A mix was the same, not even remotely close.
This is why we take detailed notes!!!! :)
TrentL said:
So this is re-calibrated for correct weights per cup (weighed out a cup of each fertilizer to get weight). That lets me properly calc weight by cu yd of my old mixes.

Did a full baseline of all of last year's stuff, calibrated to lbs./ cubic yard, and compared to this year's mixes so far

Also shows my memory is faulty as Mix N was what worked last year so well (as well as O and P which upped phosphorous), and I thought the 2019 A mix was the same, not even remotely close.
This is why we take detailed notes!!!! :)
Awesome record keeping there. My wife is an excel Guru I should make her create something like this for me! Thanks for sharing! 
Pepper-Guru said:
Awesome record keeping there. My wife is an excel Guru I should make her create something like this for me! Thanks for sharing! 
Had to look around the house for an hour to try to find the damn notebook. I'd started recording notes in it for another project after the season was over last year, and it got misplaced. So.. Not THAT great at keeping records. :)
Last year the big revelation was "kelp meal cooks off"
The soil which was 100% fatal to plants in 2018, that I'd saved in bins, is kicking ass and taking names this year. So I could mix up some pretty potent shit and let it sit for a year (add myco, and let burn...) if I wanted to and have next year's grow ready to rock. Although.. not sure where exactly I'd store 33 cubic YARDS of soil.. :)
I need to do studies on "fatality by soil rest time" or something. This is the exact opposite problem you have with conventional potting soil, where slow release chemical ferts in outdoor stored damp bags can release during storage and nute-burn your plants on transplant. (Miracle grow got me once, the bags had been kept outside at the big box store where I got them, and were from last year's surplus, since evidently I'm the only one in the area who plants stuff in January around here.. lol)
If I'm someday going to sell this potting soil mix, I'll need to know how long I have to let it rest before shipping, to let the kelp meal cook off.
On mixes D, E, F this year, there's very little appreciable growth up top (roots are growing fast tho) - there's not much available nitrogen, yet. But as the kelp meal cooks off (hopefully not lethally so) and the blood meal is converted by the myco and bacteria introduced from the worm castings, there should be more available. So I have about 1% available nitrogen, from worm castings, which comprise 14.2% of my soil mix by volume. Hopefully that'll be enough to keep them alive and kicking until the blood meal / kelp meal kicks in.
Same goal this year as last year - try to find an organic potting soil mix based on coir which does NOT require additional fertilizers for 3 months.
Last year so much labor time was spent giving them metered doses of fish emulsion every 2 weeks, was a real pain in the ass. Can't keep that up as I scale this out further. If I have to provide supplemental fertilizer on a per-pot basis this year it will create about 40 man hours of work each week, with the volume of stuff we are starting in the high tunnels.
Walchit said:
How much do those pallets of worm shit cost?
700 bucks each (1 ton) 
Works out to 35 cents a pound, which is a lot less than the $1+ you'll pay getting 30 lb bags.
Downside is. you gotta get 2 tons to get that price break.. Lucky for me the projected requirement of it this year is 2.15 tons so I might run a little short? :)