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Thursday, January 2 View Page
New leaf problem today. I am guessing this one is insect issue. My two soil plants are not liking life. The hydro is making progess, root in the water, first leaves forming. I started more seeds on Jan 1 but unlike last year I am running lower grow room temps. They may not be ready by the first day of spring. It is still good, at least i am attempting to grow when the outside is covered with snow.
Thursday, January 2 View Page
The other soil plant that had bulges in some leaves and had other leaves that were quite yellow has improved some. I am still seeing some yellow in the center of the leaf but changes in soil have to happen slowly. I thought I had mixed my soil potently. I guess not. Much easier to grow under white light than purple.
Saturday, January 4 View Page
I still have hope for the Big Marley in soil. There is a nice ribbon mega forming at the top.
Saturday, January 4 View Page
I think I am going to have to adjust the nutrient ratioís in the hydro tank. Leaf color is not what I think is healthiest. Hopefully can choose the right direction to adjust.
Saturday, January 4 View Page
The roots are down. I am getting some purple underside on the leafs. This is an issue that i have had often when using a solid cube of rockwool. I know the plant will grow out of it but probably should have cut the cube to 3/8 inch and used hydro pebbles. With roots down I can start to drop water levels to dry the net basket more.
Sunday, January 5 View Page
Getting ready to do a 1:1 soil slurry test. In this case I had to go 1:2. My media holds too much water to get enough liquid for probe depth. More soil would help for 1:1.My procedure- Pick a sample of grow media. Weigh it in grams. Add pure water(i use reverse osmosis)in same quantity, in this case twice as much.1 gram = 1ml. Stir and then wait. Then stir again and wait again...when i get tired of waiting, I will strain the mixture and then test the liquid with my Ph/EC meter. This will give me a general idea of where things are at.
Sunday, January 5 View Page
The straining. A pre-wetted paper towel on top of a wire strainer seems to work. After it quits dripping, can take the paper towel and ball it to squeeze more extract out.
Sunday, January 5 View Page
And the results-ph at 6.22. Good it is in range of my desired acidity.
Sunday, January 5 View Page
EC at 4.55. Quite high considering this was a 1:2 test. I thought i was potent to begin and then added more nutrients to offset some percieved nutrient deficiencies. Time for a flush or straight water for awhile.
Sunday, January 5 View Page
Flush in progress. One bucket to put water on the top. Another bucket and pump to the drain pan. Will keep flushing until runoff EC seems lower. First out of the pot was at 9.08.
Sunday, January 5 View Page
Runoff EC has dropped in 1/2. In this size pot it took what is equivalent to 6 inches of rain to do it. It will take a few days for the pot to dry out. Will recheck then for further adjustment.
Thursday, January 9 View Page
The lower temps in the grow room this year (73 vs 85) might eventually grow a bigger tomato, but I am going to run out of time. This is I think this is the only plant that has a chance to get one by the first day of spring. Going to raise the temp a little. Glen if you get a one pounder you might beat me.
Thursday, January 9 View Page
I never could understand insects during the winter grows. How does a ladybug find my grow room in January, with the ground covered with snow and nightime temps in single digit negatives. I am glad it found it , but how, I will never know.
Friday, January 10 View Page
My winter woes continue. My ribbon mega is turning yellow, just not where i want it to be yellow. I might be trying to compete with a single.
Friday, January 10 View Page
Deep water hydro...this plant at 19 days is about the same development as one 13 days old started Jan 1st last year that finished first. I raised grow room temp 3 degrees. By the end of the weekend I might be even warmer. 77 now...eighties probably coming.
Sunday, January 12 View Page
I have not given up yet, Glenomkins. I have four more blossom clusters forming on my healthiest soil plant. I also have three forming on soil plant two. None are better than a double though. Gave the plants some blossom booster. Might have time for one higher truss. Hydro plant is picking up in growth rate. By date it is not far off from last year. Temp in grow room is now set between 80 and 82. Increased lights on to 16 hours per day. Still have another three to four weeks to set a blossom for 40 days of fruit growth. This year has been frustrating but still fun.
Sunday, January 12 View Page
Since I have less plants in the grow room than planned, I have an extra light. I moved two lights closer together and now am getting 1000 umols on the entire canopy. This is without lowering the distance of the light, which would increase the heat and be a reduced foot print. 630 watts now over one plant. I also set up a bigger fan. Foliage is dense enough that I felt the plant needed more air circulation than what the little fan was providing. All in for the rest of the season.
Sunday, January 12 View Page
Good news...first blossoms are forming on the hydro plant. My best of the year might be that little spec in the picture. Plenty of time to get this one pollinated by Feb 1st. Next year might grow all hydro.
Sunday, January 12 View Page
Vegibee is charging. Pollen makeup brushes located. Next year I need to build a grow room workstation. I have acquired enough specialty tools that better organization is needed. Actually, many plans for next year. I am guessing I am a winter grower for life.
Thursday, January 16 View Page
I still have hope. Should have another ribbon mega ready to open on the Big Marley soon. I have been buzzing singles but really want a fused. Still 2 weeks left to get full term set.
Thursday, January 16 View Page
Ready for spring and the forecast for tomorrow and Saturday is 3-12 inches of snow and 40-45 mph winds. These yellow delbrut seeds arrived today. Thank You Reed, I never expected the Delbrut to grow yellow.
Friday, January 17 View Page
This is what happens to new growth when you OD the plant with P and K. Turns new growth to a twisted mess. Winter grow..there is a deadline...the new growth will be terminated anyway.
Friday, January 17 View Page
P and K OD. It did what it was suppose to. This blossom should be opening over the weekend. I am expecting it will be at least a triple. I have singles dropping pollen, I am moving that to this blossom even though it is not fully open yet. Have about 10 singles on this same plant to get this one set. Will know in a few days if I have a chance at my winter pb.
Saturday, January 18 View Page
Grow room is a mess. My garage temp was holding at about 40 degrees. I read at that temp it could take carrot seeds 50 days to germinate. Into the grow room they went. I have two singles now set on the tomato plants..hoping to have doubles or better set in a few days. Getting hopeful that this year is not a write off.
Sunday, January 19 View Page
I have been trying buzz the flowers all day since the lights went on. The pollen did not start to drop until 8 hours after lights on. I have enough on the spoon already to get my biggest blossom set but will keep giving it more until I am sure.
Sunday, January 19 View Page
This I think is my best chance for this year. 1st truss on hydroponic is only a double. That will probably be backup. Fingers crossed for a full set on this one.
Sunday, January 19 View Page
These little babies will come off as soon as i am sure of having a bigger one set. With the addition of the blossoms dropping pollen today, I could have 6 singles set.
Sunday, January 19 View Page
I might be getting a bit over optimistic but better to be prepared. BER has been a problem in every winter grow. I have no doubt it will be again this year. Which product to use. Seems Rot-Stop has a lower percentage of calcium chloride but they say mix at twice the ratio that Southern Ag says. I will probably stick with the Rot-Stop since I am already familiar with it. Too late in the season to be taking chances.
Thursday, January 23 View Page
I am afraid I didnt get my biggest blossom completely set.
Thursday, January 23 View Page
Not getting my big one set is ok. I still have this double set on the same plant. There is also a double on the hydro plant just starting to open. Plenty of time left to have a decent finish.
Saturday, January 25 View Page
Soon I should be close to Glenomkins 6 inches. The soil is already overloaded with nutrients but I canít stop myself. I gave the plant another shot of K. It is all for fun, if I donít get one to the finish line but enjoyed myself it was a good winter.
Saturday, January 25 View Page
I might have the only seeds left that are sibling to the current world record carrot. I tried to start 6 seeds the lazy way. Looks like none grew. Going to try to start a few more with a bit better care.
Saturday, February 1 View Page
47 days left until the first day of spring. I lowered the grow room temp some to slow ripening. This tomato is the only good chance I have for this season. 19 inches puts me at winter pb. It has a long way to grow with a not very healthy plant. Not very probable.
Saturday, February 1 View Page
This is the tomato and plant. I did a lot less pruning this year than in the past. I think much of the lower leaves are a waste. Just not enough light getting to them. I am thinking that this is the biggest difference between sunlight and artificial light.
Saturday, February 1 View Page
The biggest blossoms on my hydro plant are all too high for the first day of spring. Next year remind me to start earlier.
Saturday, February 1 View Page
I guess this set on the hydro plant will have to be the backup to the bigger in soil. 47 days is probably long enough to have a chance. If I was relying on this one, temps would stay high.
Saturday, February 1 View Page
It is not so bad Wixom. I have switched half the grow room to LEDís. I am running about 1500 watts for 15 hours per day and 800 watts for 9 hours per day. I could peak if everything is on at the same time..at about 4000 watts for a few minutes. Total daily usage is about 30 kw. My electrical rate is 11 cents per kw. So daily cost is about $3.30. Winter grow is raising my electric bill about $100 per month. I foresee some year in the future investing in solar panels. Right now, I think the cost to cost savings is even.
Tuesday, February 4 View Page
Hydro tomato is only about 1 week behind the soil tomato. 44 days to go. It might catch up.
Wednesday, February 12 View Page
It has been over a week since posting any tomato pictures. Yes they are still alive. The soil plant has gone from 10 inches to 14 inches in 11 days. Unless it can grow for the remaining 36 days it wonít be anywhere near my winter pb.
Wednesday, February 12 View Page
The hydro tomato is gaining size faster. In eight days it has gone from quarter size (maybe 3 inches cc?) to almost 12 inches. The diet i am feeding it is really hurting the foliage but the fruit seems to be responding. As long as it keeps getting bigger I will stick with this nutrient plan.
Thursday, February 13 View Page
Yesterday I posted the tomato measurements. Today it is the rest of the plant. First up, the soil plant. Obviously, I have low nitrogen. Every leaf formed in the last month has been small. They form and soon after curl up. I know my K and Ca are really high. This year is a test to see what K can do.
Thursday, February 13 View Page
And the hydro plant. I am completely backwards from the recommended nutrient mixture. After a P overdose to get the mega fused I am running nearly straight part 1 of the three part formula. Part 1 is suppose to be majority during the veg state not the blossom stage. The NPK of 2-1-6 with different company microís and cal-mg is getting interesting. Tomatoes are not weed. Keep trying wixom...it cant go a year without a tomato can it? :)
Tuesday, February 18 View Page
Oops, i thought it was getting about time to think about hammocks. I guess for the soil plant weekend was just too far away. It is ok, I am thinking my hydro will be my best.
Tuesday, February 18 View Page
Had to put it on a scale. Barely over 1 pound. At least enough to take the temporary winter grow lead.
Tuesday, February 18 View Page
Bottom side, this tomato was not very thick but it was reasonably solid. It is 2nd generation Big Marley. I may save seeds.
Wednesday, February 19 View Page
The hydro tomato is now safely in a hammock. It is now measuring right about 15 inches cc for a gain of 3 inches over 7 days. Still 29 days to go..I keep forgetting this is leap year.
Saturday, February 22 View Page
I have spring fever. It was a balmy 44 degrees today. I trudged around in the snow looking at garden 1 and garden 2. I am trying to decide how many plants to start. I might decide on just 1500 sq ft area to grow one full size pumpkin, one 150 sq ft pumpkin and some tomatoes. I could then work on the other 10,500 sq ft of garden. I am on the ten year plan..retirement goal 12,000 sq ft of competitive garden built with a base of beach sand. I expect my results will improve year to year.

 

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