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Thursday, January 7 View Page
Off to a fantastic start here too.
 
Friday, January 8 View Page
That was an attempt at humor. Maybe it flopped... idk. This tree looked unusual but I couldnt figure out what it was until I got closer. Turns out it's got a very heavy crop of crab apples all still hanging in the tree from last year. I noticed one other tree like this. Very good pollination of the apple trees last year.
 
Friday, January 8 View Page
The cilantro project was a success. Just keeping them cool so the dont bolt too fast. The indoor spinach bolted very fast. The kale did better than expected but its redundant to grow it indoors when it grows just fine outdoors.
 
Saturday, January 9 View Page
When I say I value freedom, I MEAN MY OWN freedom not yours."
 
Saturday, January 9 View Page
It's hard to appreciate how much harder 3000 is vs 300 or 5000 vs 500. I did this 3000 one as teenager. The sky was almost impossible. I think it took 200-300 hours but I wasnt keeping track exactly. Wixom your dirt is gonna be 60 degrees by the time you finish that one.
 
Thursday, January 14 View Page
Was wondering what species of tree has such dark/black bark. Anyone know? Hint: I am in California.
 
Thursday, January 14 View Page
More hot dogs.
 
Friday, January 15 View Page
Portland. Portland was not a beautiful city to begin with. Notice the ladder.
 
Friday, January 15 View Page
Part of the solution has been to limb up all trees so that the "problem" cant hide in the bushes. Wish granted... the problem is not hiding in the bushes anymore.
 
Friday, January 15 View Page
No comment.
 
Friday, January 15 View Page
A tidy public dwelling. A little too tidy? If these dwellings were allowed to be too nice and comfortable the people paying rent in the neighborhood would start to feel envious??? I assume greed and envy have played a role in creating a permanent ecomomic aparthied. More economic freedom, a little less capitalism? I think Bidens plan to raise the minimum wage is good on the surface but it underneath that, it will really only reduce employment and speed up the capitalist's conversion to automation. I dont think capitalism made America great. Equality, economic freedom, justice, and lack of tyranny is what made America great.
 
Sunday, January 17 View Page
Enough with the political crap. Its time to grow... pumpkins. Testing my homemade potting soil vs standard "M---cle Grow" products purchased at Walmart. Six Atlantic Giant seeds in each pot here. The moisture was about the same but my mix was just slightly heavier because it contains some real dirt. (My mix was about 40% garden dirt 60% composted fir needles. I added some lime and diluted liquid plant food. For the lime I probably should have used Dolopril but I used Calpril. Nothing scientific here... just my usual garden-monkey-nonsense!) The deli container lids are an easy way to keep the soil close to the right moisture without watering during the germination. I suppose carefully watering just around the outside of the pot wouldnt rot the cots but really there is nothing easier than setting these deli lids on the pots. They fit just right. They wont stop the pumpkin from sprouting up. They only keep the soil from drying too much. I did not presoak these seeds so they do need to absorb enough moisture from the soil to be able to sprout.
 
Monday, January 18 View Page
First spring blossom. Warmest winter I've seen... Its far from over, but I feel like we are a full month ahead of normal.
 
Tuesday, January 19 View Page
This wont offend anyone.
 
Wednesday, January 20 View Page
Happy Inauguration Day! (Or unhappy. Whichever...) Congrats on the puzzle wixom.
 
Wednesday, January 20 View Page
Rising out of the err swamp *ahem* the wet dirt... we have new life. Awwww. Love the deli container lids they worked perfectly.
 
Wednesday, January 20 View Page
My alter ego is now reporting LIVE from Washongton DC: "The stench out here is fantastic! "
 
Wednesday, January 20 View Page
I spread some calpril and about 40 lbs of feather meal over 2000 sq ft. I think it will be smart to get the organics fully decomposed before planting. I want the nitrogen to be there. It will take a few months to fully decompose. I think I should wait until march to spread chemical fertilizer. We probably still have two more feet of rain on the way. Plus it sublimates. Thats more nutrients than I want to lose. I should have waited until midsummer to use the Calpril.
 
Wednesday, January 20 View Page
"Doh! I forgot my mask!" Yeahhh Shhh Utup Kermit.... We dont want get kicked off bp.
 
Thursday, January 21 View Page
Left to right: 1-- Miracle grow regular potting mix 6/6 (including a triple cot!) 2-- My mix 5/6. 1 not rotten but did not germinate. 3-- My mix 3/6. 1 slow/struggling, 2 rotten. 4-- Miracle grow "moisture control" 2/6. 2 slow/struggling, 2 not rotten but did not germinate. I will continue to grow these to see if there are any further differences in health and vigor. There's two ways to look at this: one is that you can baby your plant with a good sterile potting mix and "keep it away from the real world" as long as possible so it doesnt get sick from pathogens in your soil. The other is, maybe its best to throw a half dozen seeds in and see which will tolerate the pathogens in the soil. The tough love route... see early on which seed has "the right stuff" in it to make it in your patch. Pumpkin parenting. Hmm. Which route is best?
 
Friday, January 22 View Page
More notes on my silly little potting mix trial: So, I don't know what happened with the "moisture control" potting mix. I don't why it underperformed. I want to note here that the seeds were a few years old and they were not presoaked. No special tricks or assistance so I was not expecting to get perfect germination. 6/6 using their regular product was a lovely surprise. I think presoaking in some dilute H202 would have helped get better results overall.
 
Saturday, January 23 View Page
I lost track but there are six or seven blooming now. (Snow in the forcast though.) Ps rotten pumpkin might be a great food source for those interested in growing worms. AG may be perfect a food for white worms/pot worms especially if cut into thin pieces and frozen until needed? Could grow a lot of worms. I will say no more and not post any pictures!!!
 
Sunday, January 24 View Page
Practice plants... because we both need practice!!! She really enjoys cutting things and today was the first day she really got the whole two hands hold-and-cut technique right. I am a proud dad...
 
Wednesday, January 27 View Page
Two are certainly looking unwell. Closer onspection shows they have both been vhewed on by bug(s). I think the culprits are chewing the roots of these two plants also. But the third plant looks great, apparently they are leaving it alone. So is this survival-of-the-fittest genetics here or just random bad luck? I can eliminate the pests by freezing the soil... but then would I also eliminate valuable info about which of the three was actually the best plant? The "non-sterile soil method" has revealed that probably only one of these was a good choice planting in the garden.
 
Wednesday, January 27 View Page
Edit to previous post: "Closer inspection shows they have both been chewed on by bug(s)." Its difficult to see here but there was a lot of "dampening off" of the sprouts in this tray. I've always believed dampening off was caused by a fungus but THIS dampening off I am pretty sure was caused almost exclusively by soil invertebrates. When the plants are this young, it takes only one bug bite out of their taproot to doom them because they pretty much have only one root at this stage. I didnt freeze-sterilize this soil. I usually get great results with freeze sterilization. After this picture was taken I dug the dirt out of this tray and I did all the usual suspects crawling around. About 5 species of dirt dwellers. I am not sure which ones do the most damage but they all got tossed outside and replaced by a deep-frozen tray. Starting over! I dont know what temperature my freezer is set at but it works... The soil critters dont survive.
 
Thursday, January 28 View Page
Wire Grass shishkabobed these. Its probably the worst weed to have in the potato patch. I bet it could do this to a pumpkin vine too but I havent seen that yet. The strain of comfry I have is a good companion plant for potatoes. Not sure why. Maybe it repels pests or bring nutrients up to the surface. I will try to save some seed from it for next years seed exchange. The comfry is basically a weed but in stark contrast to the wire grass its probably the best plant you could possibly have in a patch of potatoes.
 
Friday, January 29 View Page
One last picture of the cilantro and green onions which were a such a success. All of this cilantro was planted from the seed saved from just one or two plants last year. Considering that the heat from the LED's is also warming my house, I think this basically costs me nothing... It would be nice to run enough LED's during the winter to heat the entire house? I dont have a basement but I think it would be one big garden if I did. With the cilantro I am leaving the stems because I think they can continue to photosynthesize and they are a reservoir of nutrients and energy for the plants to use to push more new leaves up. So I only decapitate just the leaves from the stems. There are so many stems I think the tray would still be completely green even if I cut every leaf off. The plants would be able to recover by using their stems as leaves. Whereas if I did cut all the stems then they would have much less ability to recover. I think the same thing is true in pumpkins. Their leaf stalks are a reservoir of evergy and nutrients.
 
Monday, February 1 View Page
I call this "1st leaf stage." Its time to get dirty.
 
Monday, February 1 View Page
Roots look good. This is about the stage when they can be potted up or planted out. I call this a gallon size... its a 6" pot. I find these pots get them to the first leaf stage very well. The extra roots from the weaker seedlings actually helps hold the rootball together nicely. I would call the seedling mix I made a success although it might be high in calcium and low in magnesium. A 50/50 blend of my mix with standard peat-based potting mix would probably be even better.
 
Monday, February 1 View Page
The bitten leaves was the result of a tiny slug. Such a warm winter I doubt even one slug has died.
 
Monday, February 1 View Page
Here in Pacific Northwest... its Happy Groundslugs Day! If it sees its slime trail, then there will be just six more months of rain.
 
Thursday, February 4 View Page
1.5 billion facemasks are polluting the ocean. Its time to go fully compostable.
 
Thursday, February 4 View Page
No longer polluting a galaxy far far away... I call dibs on the Vader mask.
 
Friday, February 5 View Page
But three much better protection.
 
Friday, February 5 View Page
Thank goodness I made it through Covid-19, 20, 21, 22 , 23, 24, 25, 26 with my sanity intact! (And my gender unchanged.)
 
Saturday, February 6 View Page
The miracle grow potting mixes grew bigger better looking leaves. I noticed some rot on the roots using my own mix. I think the pot treated with Rootshield had better looking roots and the plant looked better than the one given Azos. Its interesting that I can run cheap controlled experiments. I dont really need to pay for laboratory results when I can figure the results out myself. Just taking a shovel of dirt out of the patch and throwing some seeds in it seems very useful. I can probably fine tune my soil and identify lots of problems and figure out ways to correct them by "planting seeds in my soil samples" rather than sending them away. Thats the end of the first trial.
 
Thursday, February 11 View Page
Three & 1/2 weeks (not days) later some giant celery pops up...
 
Sunday, February 14 View Page
Drifting snow this year rather than branch-breaking snow. Every year is different. This drifting snow has inundated the interior of my little barn which means everything will be wet soon. So, a different headache than dealing with broken branches. I figured the dandelion pics might jinx the early spring...
 
Friday, February 19 View Page
Birds are a little slow about eating the berries this year. Four kinds of berries to choose from. What lucky birds. I wonder if this is also due to the excellent pollination by the bees last year?
 
Sunday, February 21 View Page
2nd Trial 3 seeds each pot: 1) Miracle grow moisture control potting mix 2) Fresh worm castings from the garden 3) My homemade fir needle compost mix I am going to add some ammonium sulfate later to the fir needle compost because I think that's what it lacks. Just doing this because it doesn't cost me anything and I might learn something. Not intending for these to get planted out in the garden it's too early for that.
 
Sunday, February 21 View Page
1st Trial Despite ample magnesium sulfate there was a lot of yellowing in the composted needle mix. (Partly due to low light levels because the LED's didnt last long they are all halfway burned out now.) The miracle grow potting mix benefited from more fertilizer also. It's not very nutritionally rich to start with. The needle compost had even less, it was like starting from zero.
 
Monday, February 22 View Page
Gritty's secret to big pumpkins: When my old photo models get too big, I just return them to the dealership & lease a newer smaller model. Shhhhh... my secret to appearing successful in 2021 is sleeping.
 
Monday, February 22 View Page
Gritty's secret to big pumpkins: When my old photo models get too big, I just return them to the dealership & lease a newer smaller model. Shhhhh... my secret to appearing successful in 2021 is sleeping.
 
Monday, February 22 View Page
Testing... testing... 123
 
Monday, February 22 View Page
CAPTAIN WIZZY: "You are without a doubt the worst pumpkin grower I’ve ever heard of.” GRITTY KINS: “But you have heard of me.”
 
Thursday, February 25 View Page
Breakfast of champions? If your brain is low on fuel honeycomb might be the healthiest & fastest way to charge it back up.
 
Monday, March 1 View Page
East Lewis County forecast: Sunny and warm. With a slight chance of large moles.
 
Tuesday, March 2 View Page
I've calculated that for 150 square feet to water 1" onto each half every other day would require a 55 gallon drum per day filled with 47 gallons of water. I think during the summer, if the roots are healthy 1 inch on half the patch every other day would be reasonable. I could do a less deep 1/2 inch watering across the entire patch. This might be even better. Looking back at my previous diaries I am not impressed with my growing. I am really unimpressed. I am inclined to think 1/2 inch spread evenly over the entire patch would be best. If I wanted to get very fancy I could alternate the "fertigation" between chelated water soluble chemical fertilizer and the other half of the plant getting manure/compost tea. It might be easier to play around with watering/fertilizing schemes on tomatoes rather than pumpkins. Hmm. Heaven's Door... Knock, knock, knocking. Still so far from getting in.
 
Tuesday, March 2 View Page
0/3 so 100% rot on the "worm castings" from the garden. 6/6 on my composted pine needle mix and the store bought product.
 
Tuesday, March 2 View Page
Corn and potatoes companion planting was quite successful. The kale and collard greens did ok too. The only thing tricky about corn/potatoes is the corn needs full sun as a seedling. They cant be planted at the same time unless they are about 3 feet apart or maybe just 2 ft apart if corn transplants are used. Potatoes do thrive in the dappled shade of the corn plants. I pulled more than a pound per sq ft of bed here despite being surrounded by corn. Most companion planting is tricky and doesnt impove yields but this one I may try again.
 
Wednesday, March 3 View Page
An arugula plant made it through winter and is the second plant to bloom this year (well, tied for second with a hazelenut/filbert which is technically blooming also). Some willows and an Indian plum are coming into bloom also. We had one week of very wintery weather and a few frosts one badly broken pipe but I dont think we got below mid twenties. Some romaine lettuce survived and the overeontered garlic is already well established so--- tempting fate by making my assessment a couple weeks early--- winter temps have been a bit above average this year.
 
Wednesday, March 3 View Page
Sunny day. Time to sequester some carbon and get rid of the excess organics. There is an idyllic balance here where the hay or straw protects the soil and loses its nutrients down into the soil during our excessive winter rain then the top burn will speed up the replanting and releases more nutrients and spreads the black carbon which is good for the soil and perhaps its better for the atmosphere too. Early March seems to be a good time. Because the soil should need less protection soon. I need to get the ground warmed up and not create habitat for the wrong bugs. The two main drawbacks of using thick straw or hay...
 
Wednesday, March 3 View Page
Creating my own terra preta. Trying adding ammonium sulfate to the charcoal. Maybe this will fuel the correct slow release soil biology. I have good ideas but I am also such a dummy. Killed the goodclam #$(&%! apple tree the cage didnt protect it and I was a few seconds too slow with the garden hose.
 
Monday, March 8 View Page
This is one first leaf that I thought indicated freeze damage to the seed embryo. Admittedly it could be a nutrient problem in the early development. In some cases a nutrient burn could end up looking like this. The other leaf which had an odd missing-piece shape may have just been the kids of all things. Last of all, it could just be inherent defects/a poor batch of seed.
 
Tuesday, March 9 View Page
Getting bindweed out and making rows. Cant combine garlic and potatoes here because my garlic will be too weak. It would take strong bulbs planted much earlier for them to compete successfully with potatoes. These 150 sq ft plots are just about the right amount of work, when doing things by hand. I got 100 tomatoes started using a new method of starting them en masse on a tray then moving them to little peat pots. It's a bit more labor in the short term but not really because planting a small seedling isnt that much more work than planting a seed. Now the trays end are 100% perfectly filled in which actually will save labor and energy costs and it wont waste any peat pots and starting mix too.
 
Thursday, March 11 View Page
Looking forward to trying some new companion planting. Going to try carrots and garlic together. And onions and beets together. I figured out a compromise with the potatoes and garlic, which was to use all the mini potatoes and bits of damaged and rotten potatoes. With the largest garlic bulbs together with the weakest potatoes the garlic should be able to compete. The largest garlic bulbs are about the size of the smallest potatoes. Now I just need to make sure I can flood irrigate between the rows. Theres much less point in increasing density unless you have excellent irrigation. One last thought... potatoes can be spaced widely approxinately like corn, or at a medium spacing, like 4 cabbage. If I did every other row garlic that would be a medium spacing or two rows of garlic, every third row potatoes... that would be a wide spacing. I wonder if I could run pumpkin vines under the potato vines. A pain in the rear but pumpkins are a pain in the rear no matter what... the tendrils would love to grab the potato vines. I will have to stick with corn and potatoes as companions (at a wide spacing). Why are you reading this nonsense!
 
Saturday, March 13 View Page
Test results... lol. I know these arent professional level, but for instant results and $4 worth of test capsules what else compares. I always have phosphorous read low using these things. Here you can see nitrogen is way high and potassium is low. Ph is about 6.0 which for me is normal. This test was done on water leached out from the potted pumpkin.
 
Saturday, March 13 View Page
The victim of my "more-on" affection. Ok, so maybe no more nitrogen... lol. Potassium never reads very high on these DIY tests but I think the low reading is accurate. Photo does seems to show a potassium issue with the leaf edges being particularly yellow. I suspect low boron and copper, and maybe low sulfer, also. Poor thing. I am like a four year old with a hamster... sometimes things are just lucky to even survive. I will say that the grocery bag handles are awesome and I have no fear of the bags ripping this year because I used five or six bags. (Five or six plastic ones... no matter how many paper ones you use the paper handles are no good as soon as the paper touches the soil the moisture weakens them down to nothing.) So anyhow, the plastic handles worked well. Still a million things that could go wrong... but I will try to make a go of it with this plant...
 
Saturday, March 13 View Page
Trying something new this year. In some areas I am raking off all the debris remaining from over the winter. The worms did a great job so there is not too much left to rake away. Appears weed free only because bindweed killed all the other weeds.
 
Thursday, March 18 View Page
My Saint Patrick's Day green. The Cilantro survived a few freezing nights. Last night was 27 degree F. It's still healthy and hasnt bolted. I dont have five gallons of tomatoes but I suppose I could try preserving it until then. Some peppers have germinated. I've not used greenhouses much but I would love to try some peppers and a cantaloupe, and some tomatoes in a greenhouse this year.
 
Thursday, March 18 View Page
So far I like the peat pots better than these standard plastic ones. You can see the reason, which is the moisture doesnt wick through plastic so some get too dry others can be too wet. I think with the peat pots I may be able to achieve the correct moisture easier.
 
Thursday, March 18 View Page
Moisture is continually even-ing out. Trying my best to screw up somehow of course... I do have a plan for getting megas I will post to the tomato board maybe
 
Thursday, March 18 View Page
What the heck I will just say my plan is too boost ammonium during the earliest bud formation (use bloom booster because it is almost entirely ammonium). The reasoning is that this will inhibit calcium and (perhaps in combination with low zinc?) cause the buds to not separate fully... And perhaps most importantly I will keep the under a semi stress of low temps ideally 60/40 to 70/50? I dont really want to stress the plants but I do briefly want to cause the blossoms to aggregate I'm not sure when this is timing wise. My guess would be at the first visible appearance of the third, fourth or maybe fifth leaf, the cells for the first bloom may be dividing although minuscule (microscopic)... my guess is this is when the blossom shape could be influenced. Once the blossom is visible its far too late to influence the shape. I can then switch to higher calcium & avoid the nitrogen (ammonium anyhow) because in a couple weeks it will be critical that the bud not abort. Enough about that... My own theories which should not be taken seriously until after I grow a monster tomato. I dont know why the bloom booster has ammonium maybe it's meant for a much different kind of megabloom.
 
Friday, March 19 View Page
Possibility #3. Three plants contending for one ultra early spot. Soil is terrible. I need to throw some more stuff on it and retest? Rain washed everything out. The covered areas may have fared better, but even those areas probably lost nutrients before they were covered. Watched the rest of the Cal growers talk. I think I understand all the concepts well enough to hit 1600 lbs but a lot of it is over my head still. I need to implement what I do know and not worry about the things I don't know.
 
Saturday, March 20 View Page
C'mon spring. My LED lights arent the only thing half burned out, hanging by threads. I feel 4 ya big moon a rough start here too verticulum or pythium or whatever in the tomatoes already... overwatered them just once and that was enough. So a few weeks and a few hours of work wasted. A whole new batch going in today or tomorrow.
 
Monday, March 22 View Page
This plant grew 2 full leaves in nine days. Not too impressive but it does mean it will need an outdoor home in a week or so. Hmm. I do have a good spot for it & I think this might end up my official 150 ft plant. The forecast is cold so some electricity will play a factor. It can share space with all my other plants??? Spring cleaning. Awesome possum. Soil temp prob. 40 so we'll see. Where the there's a will there's a way... Where there's a madness there's a method?
 
Wednesday, March 24 View Page
Picking up the pace. Adds a leaf in 2 1_2 days... The biomin manganese is what made the final difference. It was hard to diagnose the final problem I was having with the leaf color but I think I nailed it. Now the color is great. I doubt everything else is perfect. Gonna do a half diamond 150 sq ft plant and maybe use John Butler's feeding schedule as a reference. I will run my field kins in 150 ft patches also. I may do a single 500-600 ft AG plant and some long gourds. I also want to do tomatoes and a big cantaloupe. Unfortunately that puts me short of a master gardener but oh well I can only do so much.
 
Wednesday, March 24 View Page
That was supposed to say 2 1/2 days. Coldest temp. here this winter was 20 degrees. Its still very cool (high of 43 today) so it will be a big challenge to hit the ground running. I am going to need to use every trick in the book. Feels a bit quixotic.
 
Friday, March 26 View Page
I hired an earthworm expert and soil compaction specialist.
 
Saturday, March 27 View Page
The plastic bags gave me just a bit of trouble until I pulled them just the way they wanted to be pulled. Then they all came free easily from under the plant. It was good practice... but with my limited prep. and the iffyness of starting in March my confidence is low for this plant. It went relatively well though. I tipped the entire plant forward and the vine is already going the direction I want and its propped up nicely by a leaf where it should bend the rest of the way down with no further fiddling. The wire is for a temporary double plastic layer. This will buy me a week of time and if the plant looks good a week from now, only then will I bother with a real hoop house for it. As you can see the roots penetrated the paper bags easily. So I did not remove the paper. The rootball held together even though the paper has almost no strength. I want to try this method with my long gourds.
 
Saturday, March 27 View Page
Oh that picture didnt show the wire. So here it is going all out with the plastic. Soil temp is in the 50's now. No heating cables I just dumped a barrel of warm water under the plant and then used a barrel of warm dirt to fill in around it. Instantly fixed that problem. It's not in the mid 60's or 70's though so the growth will be a bit slow but slow is ok. Dropping a huge plant into the ground in March lol... that gives you a whole lot of time to kill. The idea here is to get a fully mature pumpkin to the fair at the end of August. Last time I figure I cost myself 200 lbs because the pumpkin was still growing. This time I want to give it the full 100 days on the vine!!
 
Monday, March 29 View Page
Wheel barrel. I never knew I needed one of these until I had one. The lawn clippings have now met their match, ha. Pumpkin update... Ironically I almost cooked my ultra early plant. It's ironic because we had a cold windstorm. However, with a heater set on low it got quite hot in the hoop hut today. 100+ degrees maybe. I will only run the heater at night. Later when I put a big hoop up I will try heating it with black barrels of grass clippings or of sun-warmed water. (I am not gonna go buy more heaters and extension cords. The little fan heater sure works great though! A little too well, in fact.)
 
Tuesday, March 30 View Page
"Peel-up bud graft." The advantage here is the cut in the rootstock holds the bud.
 
Tuesday, March 30 View Page
Electrical tape works.
 
Tuesday, March 30 View Page
Once the bottom is secured tight with tape then the bark flap holding the scion can be chopped at the top. To get better success the tree should be pruned down so that the newly grafted bud becomes the uncontested new apical bud. In other words, all buds/suckers that would immediately compete for apical dominance should be removed. Cherries are easy. This is a wild cherry that is getting a larger variety grafted onto it. Not sure what the best variety is for Western Washington but the Bings and Royal Ann's will produce medium sized cherries that taste good.
 
Tuesday, March 30 View Page
In case a picture is better than words.
 
Wednesday, March 31 View Page
Four layers of plastic no heater tonight. I planted the 1621.5 Marshall in the hut in addition to the 145 Est. Clayton.
 
Saturday, April 3 View Page
Patch tour 150 ft patch.
 
Saturday, April 3 View Page
Mow, sesame! Now that's more like it.
 
Saturday, April 3 View Page
I planted three good seeds in one pot (probably unwise) the 1927.5 Daletas '18 I have a great feeling about this plant. So it got faced the correct direction. The 1810 Bernstrom and 2174 Daletas will hang out as long as possible. I very much wish I had a better spot for this 1927.5 because I think it wants to kick butt. Unfortunately it will also only get 150 square feet. Poor thing.
 
Wednesday, April 7 View Page
The good and the bad... the good is it's the best mix I've tried. Jiffy owes me 4 more quarts though. Its packed in Canada so they must mean metric quarts lol. I will probably mix some clumps of garden dirt in. Maybe 50/50 a mix w/clods of garden dirt? I want to retain the physical properties of both so I wont mix it well I'm gonna try more of a chunky brownie recipe.
 
Wednesday, April 7 View Page
Previous post is in regards to the 5 gallon tomato challenge. Sign up is on the tomato board.
 
Friday, April 9 View Page
If this was true it would match the coldest temp we have had all winter. My guess is the actual will be 5-7 degrees warmer... They seem to be using a mountaintop weather station as a guide. The Daletas/Bernstrom plants are relatively happy. My ultra early 145 Clayton looks ok but growth has stalled. Temperatures have been too inconsistent both too high and too low. I need to try harder to stay in the 60/80 range. I could pull the plant and focus on the Daletas plants.
 
Friday, April 9 View Page
I like these. Anyhow it's not winter but if it did hit 20 degrees then spring would be officially just as cold as winter here. I dont think it will. My 145 Est pumpkin vine grew only 8 " in 1 week. Was 25" now 33". So... multiple issues going on it's been a moderate failure so far. Will apply what I learn to next year.
 
Sunday, April 11 View Page
Summary of some mistakes I have made this year. First was pot knats. I brought in some plants without freezing the dirt first and this got the little knats going. I should have kept my house sterile. They did a lot of damage they spread disease readily I think these bugs are designed to spread disease so that their grubs can feast on freshly dead roots. 2nd is the ultra early plant which could still recover but I think I will pull it. I didnt do much patch prep here. It was all good for a few days but not only was the ground too cold but the plant also got cooked when the heater didnt shut off. I thought this heater shut off at 90-100 but it was a out 120 degrees in there this morning. So that brings me to my last mistake which has been to trust weather.com at all. Their forecasts have been very lousy this year. They said 20 or 21 degrees last night and it was 29. So putting five layers of plastic on was silly or just plain stupid. But I'm using a different method of heating the Daletas plants and the look good. In previous years the air heat worked great but the shape (teepee) and size of the plastic tent was different and I used only one layer of plastic. That was a much better approach for using an air heater that wont shut off, apparently. Anyhow... I've done some things right, too. But I will save those for another day. Lots to do today! If you plant early this is what can happen! Ps... Started a 1068.5 Theil squash not sure where it will get planted but it is one that I want to grow so we'll see...
 

 

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