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AJs Backyard Pepper Porn Photo Tour 06-06-11

Wow, what an awesome set-up! I have an automatic sprinkler system for the yard and flower/veggie beds, but I still spend a good 45 min. each day just watering, containers. I have lots of pots of herbs and flowers on the front porch, plus a couple of Earthboxes in back. Of course, it probably wouldn't be very attractive on my front porch :lol:

Just curious as to your decision to stick with all containers for your peppers, as opposed to putting them in the ground? Thought maybe it was so you could bring them in for the winter, but I can't imagine that you'd overwinter ALL of those pots indoors.
 

AlabamaJack

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Wow, what an awesome set-up! I have an automatic sprinkler system for the yard and flower/veggie beds, but I still spend a good 45 min. each day just watering, containers. I have lots of pots of herbs and flowers on the front porch, plus a couple of Earthboxes in back. Of course, it probably wouldn't be very attractive on my front porch :lol:

Just curious as to your decision to stick with all containers for your peppers, as opposed to putting them in the ground? Thought maybe it was so you could bring them in for the winter, but I can't imagine that you'd overwinter ALL of those pots indoors.

my decision to be a container gardener was quite an easy one...the ground our house is built on is mostly caliche clay and rock about 8-10 feet to bedrock with a couple of feet fill on top of it, then 6" of top dressing for the grass...no way I could have a successful garden planted in the ground...

then I got to thinking about it...heck...it's easier to grow in containers once you get the hang of it because you control everything the plant gets as far as water/nutrients go....and now with my set up I tell people, just think of my grow method as soil-a-ponics...or hydroponics in soil...

overwintering didn't even come into play when I decided on containers, but...it sure has turned into a godsend for me...
 
not intentional, these plants were almost composted and I decided to plant them at the last minute when I saw I had the back fence vacant..plus I found three horn worms on them the day before I transplanted them that had nearly stripped a couple of them...the lower leaves fell off because of the stress...and no water...what is left are going to be healthy plants...

AJ,

Nothing wrong with salvaging plants! Linda wanted some flowers/plants to finish her garden (it's the one in front of the house) and she wanted marigolds. I had planted two hop rhizomes in the very back, three butterfly vines in front of those, sowed Double Bloom Azaleas between her daisies. While I was buying a flat of flowers, I espied a Chilly Chile plant in a large pot. Actually, three plants. They will drawf the marigolds, be a tad shorter than the azaleas but provide a lot of color in late summer and fall. I have zero idea what they taste like, but I figure I can add them to my mix of pepper spice.

Given your heat and bright, hot sunlight, have you thought about lining the front area of the containers with Styrofoam? I found that some drywall suppliers carry the 2" stuff in 4x8' sheets, but they are scored to break every 16" (in width). I got a couple of sheets for nothing - they were slightly damaged but for a hydro lettuce raft system, they rock!

Mike
 

AlabamaJack

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AJ,

Nothing wrong with salvaging plants! Linda wanted some flowers/plants to finish her garden (it's the one in front of the house) and she wanted marigolds. I had planted two hop rhizomes in the very back, three butterfly vines in front of those, sowed Double Bloom Azaleas between her daisies. While I was buying a flat of flowers, I espied a Chilly Chile plant in a large pot. Actually, three plants. They will drawf the marigolds, be a tad shorter than the azaleas but provide a lot of color in late summer and fall. I have zero idea what they taste like, but I figure I can add them to my mix of pepper spice.

Given your heat and bright, hot sunlight, have you thought about lining the front area of the containers with Styrofoam? I found that some drywall suppliers carry the 2" stuff in 4x8' sheets, but they are scored to break every 16" (in width). I got a couple of sheets for nothing - they were slightly damaged but for a hydro lettuce raft system, they rock!

Mike

I am going to put most of the plants under shade cloth eventually...I am used to being patient over our hot summer and don't expect any decent yield until October or so...maybe some annuums but no superhots or actually any of the chinense I am growing this year will do anything until late fall..


Supper Great Looking The Very best to you and your grow. OH did I say Super Great .

Thanks Al...I hope you have a good grow season too...if you have one...don't you grow year round in Hawaii?
 
So AJ, with the 1 gph sprayers, how do you give nutrients? do you put in each pot or do you have some type of tank that you put the nutrients in and just let them go out through the pvc/sprayer?
 
As always AJ's pictures show awesome organization work and some very healthy/happy plants.

When I get a bigger house, one with a backyard, I'm gonna try and follow your example.

Bleash
 

AlabamaJack

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In AWE! What a great set up. The shade hoop is that of the shelf or homemade?

thanks man...

not off the shelf...heck, manufacturers couldn't make what I dream up in the dark recesses of my mind...

here is a link to the hoophouse construction thread...see post #95...

http://www.thehotpepper.com/topic/19442-ajs-2011-season-start/page__hl__%22hoop+house%22__st__80


So AJ, with the 1 gph sprayers, how do you give nutrients? do you put in each pot or do you have some type of tank that you put the nutrients in and just let them go out through the pvc/sprayer?

I am using an "EZ Flow" fertigation system...it is a simple container with a pressure and return pickup that is on one "leg" of my supply...the other leg is straight water...I simply pour in the nutrients I want to give and the "EZ Flow" system meters it out to the strength I want...

this is the one I am using...and by the way, I am using drippers, not sprayers....

http://www.ezfloinjection.com/pdfs/2030HBspec.pdf


As always AJ's pictures show awesome organization work and some very healthy/happy plants.

When I get a bigger house, one with a backyard, I'm gonna try and follow your example.

Bleash

thanks B...please use this as an "example" only if you want...but...you have to find out what works for YOU in your environment...and with the space available...
 
Cheers for the link AJ. I've been looking around for plans for a hoop house. It's over 100 degrees here in Thailand at the mo :hell:
 
Impressive layout to say the least. Are those 3 gallon pots you are using for the majority of the plants? This year had high hopes but the weather put me a month behind. Still have a decent selection although it's no where near the plan I had for the season.

In Indiana, we don't get to pick peppers in November and December. We're too busy scraping ice. Ha
 

AlabamaJack

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Impressive layout to say the least. Are those 3 gallon pots you are using for the majority of the plants? This year had high hopes but the weather put me a month behind. Still have a decent selection although it's no where near the plan I had for the season.

In Indiana, we don't get to pick peppers in November and December. We're too busy scraping ice. Ha

thanks Gudenhot...the containers are mostly 5s...the overwintered Scorps are in 10 gal smart pots...
 
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