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Wednesday, January 3 View Page
Had a soil test done for disease at the end of the season, and the levels were off the chart. Take note of what it says in the recommendations. Yikes!
Wednesday, January 3 View Page
I planted a mighty mustard cover crop about two weeks after the season ended. The growth pattern has been interesting to watch. The mustard is actually showing me where the hotspots are in the patch. You can see in the right hand side of the photo where the mustard is short and there are yellow leaves. . Now there might be other reasons such as water differential, light differential or fertilizer differences, but I believe the growth pattern is due to diseases. Because I have a small patch it is not too difficult or expensive to excavate the hotspots and backfill them with new soil. I can also treat these areas with hydrogen peroxide solution to kill the disease or at least knock it back.
Sunday, January 21 View Page
How Ďbout them Chiefs!!!
Friday, February 9 View Page
It isnít a big area by any means, but the patch is being expanded. Maybe 100 square feet or a little more? My wife loves me (and this hobby) enough to let me tear about a bench and the hardscape it sits on. Water tank will need a new home.
Saturday, February 24 View Page
Itís good to have a young guy to run the jackhammer. It took us 6 hours and we still have about 2/3rds of the footing to break out. Weíve already made to trips to the dump.
Sunday, February 25 View Page
Been a while since I got out but had a fun day on San Vicente Lake in San Diego.
Wednesday, February 28 View Page
Patch expansion continues. Take a look at the size of this footing. 15" thick and 2' wide. Spent an hour today just digging it out. The jackhammer is more effective if it's exposed. This area is only about 10í x 10í. But I can get four secondaries in here that will be another 40í of vine
Saturday, March 2 View Page
Patch expansion continues- today we busted out the last of the footing and the small concrete slab. We took 5 truckloads of concrete to the dump. Probably two tons or more. Next task is to remove 16-18Ē of solid clay. At least itís easier than running a jackhammer.
Sunday, March 3 View Page
Started some tomato seeds today. Not for competition, just for eating. And feeding the rats. They love my tomatoes! These are on a seedling mat in the garage. The T-5 light comes on during daylight hours. I use Pro Mix Potting Mix (red bag) and moisten it with half strength liquid compost from Certified Microgenics. Good stuff!
Sunday, March 17 View Page
Excavation for the patch expansion continues. Today I dug out an area that is only 3 x 6 and about 2 feet deep. But it took hours and nearly filled my truck with clay. Iím about a third done with this section.
Sunday, March 31 View Page
My 2024 lineup:
Wednesday, April 3 View Page
Seed starting day should be a National Holiday!
Saturday, April 6 View Page
The 1109 Jutras has cracked the surface! Praise Jesus!!!
Sunday, April 7 View Page
Busy weekend in the patch. Got the canopy frame up, spread and tilled in all amendments and drenched with Terragrow solution. Almost ready to plant! Two more squash seeds germed. The 1701 Jutras and both 1534 Jutras seeds popped. Either will make a good pollinator for the 1109.
Friday, April 12 View Page
The 1844.5 Holub popped today. This one took 8 days.
Wednesday, April 17 View Page
Installed heating cables for the first time. While certainly not necessary here in sunny SoCal, my patch spends most of the time in the shade this time of year. My plant has always started slow. Iím hoping this minor change gives it a boost. Thermostat is set at 74 degrees. I think this will only be necessary for 2 weeks or so.
Thursday, April 18 View Page
The 1109 Jutras is in the patch! This always feels momentous to me. The fifth leaf has shown itself and the young plant looks healthy, although itís on the small side compared to my 1708ís started at the same time. Itís the easiest time of the season. No vines to bury. No irrigation and not any meaningful ferts yet. Just get to watch it grow for a bit.
Friday, April 19 View Page
The c02 grow bag experiment begins. These bags contain a mushroom substrate and sell for $30-$60 depending on size. The online reviews were mixed as to the effectiveness.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Next, I got a cheap mini greenhouse; 3x8x3 that fits in my micro patch. The entire patch is just 64 square feet.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Then I needed a meter. This one came from Amazon and was about $52. It had a baseline reading of 412 in a non controlled setting. I immediately identified that the temperature reading is 5 degrees too high so I may try a different one and send this back.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
Within a couple hours I was getting over 1,000 ppm. The website says that it can take up to two weeks for the Exhale bag to fully activate but it seems to be working. By early afternoon it reached 90 plus degrees Fahrenheit so I opened the side curtain.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
I have a control plant that will be growing outside at the same time that the other grows in the greenhouse. They are both 1708 Donahue seeds: planted, germinated and transplanted the same day. Both are in the same size grow bag with identical potting mix. The size of the greenhouse probably limits the timing of the experiment to 10 days give or take but it should be interesting.
Saturday, April 20 View Page
The 1701 Jutras will likely be the pollinator for the 1109. It got moved to a 40 gallon grow bag today. There is no expectation for a fruit here. I just need a couple nice gentlemen on pollination day. I also have a 2030 Tobeck that is a week behind this but looking very strong. It might also make it into a grow bag for pollination.
Monday, April 29 View Page
After just 8 days, the plant exposed to increased c02 was noticeably larger than the control plant. The Co2 plant is on the right. The first true leaf is more than 2Ē larger. Now to be fair, the little greenhouse and the temp and humidity differences may have also played a part. But still cool.
Monday, April 29 View Page
Planted the 1708 in the micro patch today. Last year I got a 392 lber out of 40 square feet. I expanded it to 64 square feet. I think with a little attention I can get 500 lbs out of this patch.
Tuesday, April 30 View Page
Sad day. I tripped over an irrigation line and kicked my shade structure. It fell straight onto the 1109 Jutras and snapped it off. Ugh. ?? Thereís some miscellaneous sucker growth but I donít know if it will generate a vine. Sometimes this hobby kicks your ass.
Thursday, May 2 View Page
Sometimes when catastrophe strikes the best action is just to take time to assess the situation. Iíve had more than one very experienced grower tell me that the 1109 will produce a new main. I have not pulled the plant but I did cut the broken main. Maybe too far back. ?? I will leave it for a week and see what materializes. So far, this just looks like sucker growth that would normally be cut. What do you think? Hereís a close up.
Thursday, May 2 View Page
Another view.


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