Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 9 FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Posted on 02/28/2014 12:35:18 PM PST by greeneyes
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I have 4 olive size tomatoes and some flowers growing. Basil is needing to be harvested and cut back. Lemons are pingpong ball size and growing. Still have some blooms making the room smell great.
Have had a sinus infection, and fever this week, and haven't been on line. I will try to backtrack on the threads and answer any questions I didn't get to yet.
Hope everyone is doing well. Have a great weekend-stay warm and safe. God Bless.
Pinging the list.
Missourian transplanted to Kansas. I have just started tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and flowers. I have a heated greenhouse to place these plants. This is my first year of trying this.
Well, Kansas is a bit colder than Missouri in the winter. Good luck with your gardening. What area in Kansas are you living in?
Pinging Godzilla. I just saw your request. You’ve been added to the list.
I’m starting hydroponics this year. I’ve hand made much of the containers and reservoirs over the winter. It is alot cheaper to make the containers and reservoirs yourself. The pumps, aerators and hoses and misters you have to buy yourself.
The hydroponic containers I’ve made revolve around 5in x 5in blank plastic fence post with end caps. Drill a 4in hole every 12in, or smaller for if you’re doing herbs and baby stuff. Run a 1/4in pvc hose inside with 1/16dia hole matching the 5in hole you’ve made and plug the end. Setup at a slight incline with the lower end poking into your reservoirs and everything runs back into the reservoir.
The larger stuff goes in 5g Lowes buckets that I have setup like a dutch pot system. PVC drain pipe 2in from the bottom from bucket to bucket to reservoir and 360degree sprinkler misters on the top.
Next order of business that I’ll do over the summer is use my Arduino and modules (very small computer) and build a setup to monitor temperature, ppm, and control watering cycles. Automating the PH and the Liquid nutrients to the water is very doable, but not this year, it’s pretty expensive for the PH probes and they don’t last long.
Going to grow Cilantro and Flat Leaf Parsley to make Chimichuro over the summer, For the winter it’s baby Bok Choi and baby spinach, then the summer standards ... Heirloom tomatoes, Zuchinni and a never ending box of loose leaf lettuce.
Outside of Gardner. Is that appropriate for a gardening thread?
Could you add me too.I’d like to follow along.Thanks.
Trying some new types (to me) of tomatoes this year: Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, Charger and Everglades. Also trying a variety of different eggplants: Thai Long Green, Casper and my old favorite Ping Tung.
I've grown Ping Tung and Casper before. They do well down here. It'll be interesting to see what happens with the tomatoes.
It’s all about the dirt.
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Sounds great, but totally beyond me. Good luck with your system.
I have grown Cherokee Purple before, and they were delicious.
Looking forward to it.
So true. The dirt is always important.
Do they keep their color when cooked ?
The rebel, outside, sitting on the new tobacco plot. Imagine 50 or 60 of those on 2 foot centers. ;)
Shovel shown for scale.
As the bottom leaves get damaged since it's in the house, those have been getting cut off, and hung up to dry.
I hope so! This is the first time I will plant them, so it’s going to be interesting!
Here is one of your pictures. I guess this is your seed starters. Much neater than mine. I'm a messy gardener.
The cucumbers I transplanted, look perkier today as they looked flat yesterday, but they aren't as great looking as they were before transplanting in their final containers.
Looked at the Egyptian Walking Onions a bit ago and they are standing straight up and looking strong. Darn, that reminds me I have 80 onions bulbs to plant and I'll use some of the black two gallon pots for that. I can't plant 80 bulbs but the price was so good I bought them anyway - $1.68 for 80 bulbs! I'll get as many as I can planted tomorrow. If all my onions produce, I guess I need to can onions - anyone canned straight onions with nothing else in the jar? Hmm, pickled onions?
The other types of onions transplanted into their final pots look good and the tomatoes look good. The blackberry sticks are growing limbs/leaves fast. The strawberries are growing parts to be flowers. Every plant out there says it is spring. Still have smaller plants in greenhouse that are not grown enough to put in big pots.
Have 21 Dixie cups with seeds in them under the grow lamp. I think I need MORE large pots, at least more 2 gallon ones. I have more types of tomatoes under the grow lamp and they will take up most of the big pots I still have empty.
I'll have fingerling potatoes coming about the middle of March.
I had a stir fry today made from veggies I cut up yesterday with the Mandoline.
Most of this produce was started Jan 20.
I am sorry about your sinus infection. Dry, cold air is hard on them. I am filling small pots of water and putting them on every heat register, and still having problems. The fever may be from the infection. I have a recipe for nose spray that helps, though, when winters are extra cold, I still stay at borderline infections. I will post the recipe, if you would like. Do know- I am not a doctor, nor play one on TV. (grin) Oh... A mist humidifier helps a little.
My seeds are waiting. Planner mapped out. Snow and frozen ground have me instead getting ready to dye a few tubs of wool and lockerhook some area rugs. Meat is on sale, I will be making and pressure-canning some meatballs. I do not do boredom very well.
We are adding chickens, and maybe ducks. A win-win venture and will not break our budget. Meat and eggs, free manure and they love bugs.
This is a piece of equipment that arrived this week. I'm going to keep it inside for at least a part of the winter, and wheel it out on the deck during the warm months.
This is not my kitchen. :)
Eric's peppers, it looks like.
The soil mix was sterilized in cooking bags and trays were sterilized with a 10 percent bleach solution.
We've added heating pads and plastic trays from WalMart. Grow lights and fixtures are from Lowes.
It’s my understanding that they love to eat ticks. That would be a blessing here, but we have no one to care for them when we go away. I don’t think that the dog kennel would take them.
Excellent technique. You really know what you’re doing.
Poblanos aren’t too hot, but “Trinidad Scorpion” peppers? They must be something.
Good to hear. Did you have any major issues with fruit cracking? I hear this variety is more prone to it than normal.
I wondered what that was. What’s it for?
Sorry to hear of your sinus infection. They can get pretty nasty.
I harvested my Meyers lemon the other day. It took almost a year to ripen. Most of last season, I thought it might be a lime. Long story on this plant. I killed it 4 years ago, and refused to give up. Then it sprouted new growth from the rootstock 3 years ago, and budded this lemon last year.
I could probably waited another month, but got antsy and picked it when I saw yellow everywhere on it. We haven’t yet made a couple of glasses of lemonade yet.
I made a mistake last year; I didn’t plant any jalapenos or other varieties of hot peppers. For some reason, I planted only one type of hot pepper, and I wasn’t happy with it. It was hot, but it was a one-note hot.
That’s an excellent tip. Your wife has my deepest respect. It was my husband who taught me how to garden, and I remember when we put out our first transplants. I asked him how he could tell the plants apart. I still remember the look he gave me. :)
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