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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 39 Entries.
Thursday, January 2 View Page
Here are the two 5.59 Zappa (big zac) plants I started around Christmas time. This is my original grow chamber with about 3.5 cubic feet, a heat mat and a 300 watt equivalent LED.
Wednesday, January 15 View Page
5.59 Zappas moved to 8 inch pots.
Saturday, February 1 View Page
The 5.59 plants are in a mixture of promix w/ mico, worm castings, vermiculite, perlite, and osmocoate.
Thursday, February 6 View Page
Moved to final containers, 2 gallon pots. Trying to pollinate flowers.
Thursday, February 6 View Page
I built a new grow area, about 2ft x 7ft.
Thursday, February 6 View Page
Inside is a new triple chip 1500 watt equivalent LED. Itís very bright!
Thursday, February 6 View Page
The new light has veg/bloom/both settings. I have running water in here too. My plants are very healthy. May add a heat lamp as I am having trouble getting much over 70 degrees F in the larger area. Bought a 20 x 48 inch heat mat so weíll see. Ready to push some tomatoes now!
Monday, February 24 View Page
With just under one month left in winter I finally have some action on my plants. Here on plant 1 there are several single tomatoes plus a fused one.
Monday, February 24 View Page
Plant 2 has multiple tomatoes as well. These plants are every bit as strong as outdoors plants, with zero leaf defects or other signs of stress or deficiencies. Both plants were topped the other day terminating all veg growth. I am adding a 100w heat lamp tomorrow to raise air temp into the 80s. Soil temperature is consistent at 80 degrees. Increased 1500w LED to 17 hours per day. I think there is potential to really crank them now. Kinda exciting. Iíll know more in a week or two.
Wednesday, February 26 View Page
The tomatoes are starting to get down to business and grow. Today I gave them the first additional fertilizer Iíve used with these plants. 1/2 tablespoon of Neptuneís tomatoes and vegetables blend in 3/4 gallon of water per plant. If they react well then Iíll probably start to do it once per week.
Saturday, February 29 View Page
I had the girls out today for a trim etc. this is the plant with the single on it. In 5 days the tomato has quickly grown from Lima bean to larger than a golf ball.
Saturday, February 29 View Page
This plant has the mega on it. It is now the only tomato on the vine as well.
Saturday, February 29 View Page
Here comes megaman!
Thursday, March 5 View Page
Right plant has the single and left plant has the multi.
Thursday, March 5 View Page
Single measures 10.25 inches and is averaging 0.667 inches per day.
Thursday, March 5 View Page
No BER on the multi yet.
Thursday, March 5 View Page
BER has begun on the single. Not hurting growth though. Began .5 teaspoon/gallon applications of cal mag plus and put a fan on it.
Friday, March 6 View Page
The tops of my plants are beginning to cook so Today I dropped the duration for lights on to 13 hours. This is about the length of day in late August where I live. These are the worst of it.
Monday, March 16 View Page
Pre-amendment soil test. I had no idea how much those rains in 2017 and 2018 had depleted my garden. This is after some 18 yards of cow manure that went on before last season.
Tuesday, March 17 View Page
I am absolutely flying through spring prep. I have never been so ahead. I've also never amended my garden as I have this year, following the Western labs recommendations while pouring with a heavy hand. Added the following (to ~3000sq ft), with tilling before and after: 50lb Sul-Po-Mag, 20lb Urea, 20lb KCl, 10lb Triple Phos, 1lb Borax, 2.5lb Mn Sulfate. Yikes. I'll either torch everything that gets near the soil this year or end up growing several huge pumpkins and realize I've been starving my plants for a decade and that's why weights have been down since 2011.
Tuesday, March 17 View Page
Oops I also forgot to mention that I added 110lb cacitic lime and 50lbs of a product called Humistart which is made by a local company and is advertised as being able to break down nutrients that are locked in the soil. It has plenty of good stuff in it even if that doesn't work out but we will see.
Tuesday, March 17 View Page
Back inside, the 5.59 Zappa continues to grow well and I am putting the stones to it now with 2 tablespoons of Neptuneís veg formula almost every day. The plants are taking it along with 1.5 gallons of water daily without flinching. The entire 2.5 gallon pot is literally roots. The other one is about shot but Iíll weigh it on March 20. My guess is 0.667 pounds. This one however is 13.75 inches and generally has been doing 0.5 inches per day. Right now the plan is still to keep this one going till it blushes. I have no clue how long that would be. Maybe anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks? This one has 4 lobes, there is one on the other side of the bottom which canít be seen from this angle.
Thursday, March 19 View Page
Final weight was 0.498 pounds for the winter grow. 12.25 inches. The BER hit this one bad. It dried up fine but stopped almost all growth.
Thursday, March 19 View Page
The wuHan slammer as porkchop calls it is doing good. It is just under 14.5 inches and the plant is still fairly strong and healthy.
Thursday, March 26 View Page
The 4th lobe in the back is getting bigger. Hope it will help it go heavy.
Thursday, March 26 View Page
16 inches on the nose.
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
17+ inches and climbing! I had to pull the light up a foot or so as it was beating the leaves up.
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
Different perspective.
Wednesday, April 1 View Page
Back side.
Friday, April 10 View Page
18 inches yesterday however I did detect the slightest yellow coloration to one of the sections.
Sunday, April 12 View Page
One more day I think. Or let it really redden up? Iíd love to see some data on that, % heavy wise.
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
Today is the day. Scale is within calibration.
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
2 pounds 1.2 ounces is the (un)official final weight for my first winter grow.
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
Anyways Iím glad to have the heat mat real estate back for annual flowers. Outside, 2x 1780.5 Wagner went in hoop 1 and 2x 1297.5 young went in hoop 2. The pumpkin plants love my tomato soil mixture.
Wednesday, April 15 View Page
1215 young was planted out in hoop 3 today, seed started around April 7. The 1297.5 and 1780.5 were started April 1 and planted out April 14. None of the 2x 993 or 3x 1059s or the 811 germinated. Expensive losses and damaging to my breeding program.
Monday, April 27 View Page
All I can say is good thing for hoop houses and cables. Because there hasnít been weather for planting, tilling or otherwise working or growing for weeks. Eastern PA is having a very slow spring. 4 of 6 hoops are planted now with another built and empty and one that needs plastic. And tie downs. Definitely need tie downs here. Best plants are the 1297.5s which have a few dinner plate leaves.
Thursday, May 7 View Page
Throwback Thursday circa 1984.
Saturday, May 23 View Page
My 1297.5 young plant has outgrown its hoop house.
Saturday, May 23 View Page
My 1780.5 is close behind and will also have its hoop house removed this weekend so I can access the plant and bury vines. The weather outlook is finally favorable. The other 4 plants are laid down but not nearly as large.

 

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