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#21 Skywatcher

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Posted 13 July 2015 - 08:59 PM

I love the worms. I now have them everywhere, and even well established in all the larger potted plants. They work hard at feeding and aerating the soil. Looks like you are doing well.


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 09:13 AM

I BELIEVE....

 

the corn grit and gluten is a weed seed GERMINATION inhibitor.   But, once the stuff gets wet

the hibernation protein is quickly rinsed away and any seeds in proper location will then germinate.

(If you do a search on seed enzymes youll find some interesting stuff)

 

Weeds "CAN" be a battle... 

 

One Straw Revolution(book) 

 

this book and countless others have opened my eyes to more nature approach, "do nothing", style of living.

 

 

I find best results with the less i do lol 

 

 

weed control in any beds...

 

key things to do to prevent and CONTROL weeds are... IMO/E... 

 

#1 thing... NEVER TILL... till once if you have to...

#2 never leave soil BARE and EXPOSED, always cover with a VARIETY of mulches.  

Add a layer of grass clippings one time.. wood chips another... more grass clippings or garden scraps..

etc...etc... dont forget leaf mold and leaves in the fall time...

#3 pulled weeds when following the 2 things aboves will usually results in that weed never comign back up

in that same spot again...  Over time of course birds and bugs and animals will move seeds around and plant

more for you to have to pull or whatever... but thats part of the deal lol... and the best thing is..

you now have more diverse populations of micro-herd and animals :)  both bonuses.

 

 

i never recommend the black plastics or fabrics... they heat up the soil to much and "CAN"(not always)

really throw off the microbes in the most important portion of the soil... top 1-6inches.

 

 

 

just my 2cents :)


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 05:24 PM

Pictures from the community garden plot

Purple basil in flower
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Basil flowers are SO pretty. To bad when it flowers and goes to seed.

Unless it's African blue
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This is supposed to turn purple-ish and have 12-18 inch flower stalks that do not seed or wipe out the plant after it flowers. I'll have to keep an eye on it so I can take cuttings for over wintering and next season.

First two peppers coming in already

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Can't wait to see what color they turn out. They are a mini bell. I started seeds of chocolate, red and orange. But true to form I either labeled them and lost the labels or was completely stoned when I "thought" I'd remember which ones are which. Which is great till you rotate the seed flat a couple times and forget ! I got the seeds from Seed Savers. I'm hoping I will have one of each color out of the 6 plants that are in the ground so I can save seed from the peppers. The clones/cuttings I took are not doing so well. Look like the indoor peppers will have to be started from seed.

And last a pic of one of my tomatoes. Hieoom varietal called Black Sea Man (don't repeat it too fast or I'll giggle like a kid)

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I never really liked tomato plants. Thought they were kinda ugly but I LOVE the potato leaf heirlooms!!

And IF they turn out like the pic below I grabbed of the internet I will TOTALLY be excited!image.jpg

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 08:16 PM

26 - 1 gallon polly plAstic grow bags. 4 basil plants per bag

On 2nd cutting - has produced 4 lbs of basil I have sold for $15 a pound to a local market that is buying my wheat grass.

I will let the grow out a 3rd time and sell that but they will no longer need basil since it was for a summer soup and tomato salad they are making. They asked about cilantro and parsley for the winter...looks like I need to buy some more seed!

Their pastry chef was talking about making a lemon basil raw/vegan cheesecake when I was there last time. I HAD a really nice purple basil plant that had a couple dozen nice tops on it. I was pretty fond of the plant, but it's food...he is an adorable bearded pastry chef...I got a thing for chef coats...SO...snip snip...hey there...how u doing?

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 07:42 AM

I LOVE tomatoes :)   Tomatoes are my main crop and I baby the hell out of my tomatoes.

 Got 5-6 varieties growing this year, all reds besides the one black krim variety, next year ill through in some of

my yellow boys and a new variety i have that ripens green :)

 

check out this link i found after googling the black tomato you have there.

 

http://yougrowgirl.c...-seaman-tomato/



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Posted 15 July 2015 - 01:23 PM

WOW.
that's the best/most complete review of the black seaman I have seen. I find it interesting how I have searched for review on this many times even recently. Never found this one.

I love tomatoes as well. But from how I grew up with my parents gardening style I tend towards nice neat rows of compact plants. The sprawling I determinants and cottage garden type planting turn a OCD trigger on in me lol!

I read a couple places the taste was just OK.

I would love to try the Black Krim some time.

I have had the seeds for a couple of years now. I got them specifically for the size of plant / amount of production / and the color figuring it would be good for an indoor space that I was working towards at the time.

I had read several things that said determinants are best for indoors. Now a lot say smaller fruit Indeferments are best lol!
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Posted 15 July 2015 - 03:07 PM

I BELIEVE....
 
the corn grit and gluten is a weed seed GERMINATION inhibitor.   But, once the stuff gets wet
the hibernation protein is quickly rinsed away and any seeds in proper location will then germinate.
(If you do a search on seed enzymes youll find some interesting stuff)
 
Weeds "CAN" be a battle... 
 
One Straw Revolution(book) 
 
this book and countless others have opened my eyes to more nature approach, "do nothing", style of living.
 
 
I find best results with the less i do lol 
 
 
weed control in any beds...
 
key things to do to prevent and CONTROL weeds are... IMO/E... 
 
#1 thing... NEVER TILL... till once if you have to...
#2 never leave soil BARE and EXPOSED, always cover with a VARIETY of mulches.  
Add a layer of grass clippings one time.. wood chips another... more grass clippings or garden scraps..
etc...etc... dont forget leaf mold and leaves in the fall time...
#3 pulled weeds when following the 2 things aboves will usually results in that weed never comign back up
in that same spot again...  Over time of course birds and bugs and animals will move seeds around and plant
more for you to have to pull or whatever... but thats part of the deal lol... and the best thing is..
you now have more diverse populations of micro-herd and animals :)  both bonuses.
 
 
i never recommend the black plastics or fabrics... they heat up the soil to much and "CAN"(not always)
really throw off the microbes in the most important portion of the soil... top 1-6inches.
 
 
 
just my 2cents :)


Good info thanks.

I am seeing the weeds that are coming back are the vine type that you can pull 6 feet of vine out of the ground and they grow back the next day lol. So the effectiveness of the corn would be lost since it's not seeds germinating.

Tiling - I did it the first time when I peeped my bed to break up the soil and get some coffee grounds worked into the bed one of the other gardeners insisted I have. Growing up if we could get out before the rain my dad would have me take a hand hoe and break up the top couple of inches. Said that it was supposed to help the water absorb better and less run off. I have done that the last couple of rains.

Mulching - I'm getting ready to plant some of my fall and winter roots and greens. Will the seed be able to germinate and sprout if I have a layer of mulch down? Or should I wait till I can mulch around them?

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 03:09 PM

Any recommendations on books/readings that deal with edible weeds that are in said local area?

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 11:44 AM

Mulching - I'm getting ready to plant some of my fall and winter roots and greens. Will the seed be able to germinate and sprout if I have a layer of mulch down? Or should I wait till I can mulch around them?

 

 

Any recommendations on books/readings that deal with edible weeds that are in said local area?

 

 

 

Mulching- if your planting seeds...  Just prep your soil area.. I personally liek to keep everything mulched with 2-3inches of

a combo of grass clippings and wood chips,  this keeps the weeds down and it helps keep the top soil area nice and loamy

and moist, all you gotta do is rack aside some of the mulch to expose soil, drop your seeds down, then bring back the

mulch you pulled away.

 

The seeds will sprout right through the mulch layer as long as you dont bury the seeds in the soil layer, just need to throw them down.

Keep watered for the first 3-4 days, this is the MOST IMPORTANT part for starting seeds with good success rate outside,

 

BUT this doesnt help SLUGS.. so youll have to be on the watch for slugs eating your seedlings, I have ZERO cucumbers this year

becaue of the slugs, cant start seeds outside AT ALL... started over 1000 seeds ... 100% eaten one 1-2 nights... even with my sprays...

damn slugs...  (this is another reason whyh I decided im finished with tilling FOREVER... you can plant your BENEFICIAL crops

all over the place, and sacrificial crops that the bad bugs can eat, leaving your good stuff along...

 

cant beat the bugs lol gotta work with them. 

 

 

as for bene weed plants that are edible... id PM wildedibiles for that info.. she knows a lot about edible weeds.

Or google :)


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 08:20 PM

This is "Why"

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Purple Basil's are my favorite!

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 10:32 PM

Looks good brother Bear :)
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Posted 19 July 2015 - 12:22 AM

DIY Hydroponic Buckets - watch your source

 

I posted a bit ago on this thread about some buckets I got from a pool supply company.  

 

https://mycotopia.ne...supply-company/

 

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I was hoping to be able to wash them good with a scrub and some soap but was unable to get the smell to come out of the plastic.  the smell was very strong.  I even filled them with water and set them out in the sun on the back driveway for a week and the smell still would not leach out of the plastic.  

 

not a source for free buckets!

 

That original thread is locked.  If a mod/admin sees it to be helpful could the thread be unlocked and i will paste the above info or can the info be pasted into that thread for me?  I think it would be well worth it to have the info there since it was a result that was not the expected out come. 

 

Thanks. 


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Posted 19 July 2015 - 12:32 AM

LINKS

 

past thread i started on an attempt at indoor gardening in a small space with CFL Bulbs and micro tomatos in beer cups

 

https://mycotopia.ne...n-the-start-up/

 

The beer cup tomato thread

https://mycotopia.ne...icrotom-tomato/



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 11:50 PM

DWC / Bubbleponic Indoor Tomatos

 

seeds started 6/10

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first seeds germinating into seedlings 6/13

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6 days later

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TBC...

 

 



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 07:25 AM

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 09:14 AM

26 - 1 gallon polly plAstic grow bags. 4 basil plants per bag
On 2nd cutting - has produced 4 lbs of basil I have sold for $15 a pound to a local market that is buying my wheat grass.
I will let the grow out a 3rd time and sell that but they will no longer need basil since it was for a summer soup and tomato salad they are making. They asked about cilantro and parsley for the winter...looks like I need to buy some more seed!
Their pastry chef was talking about making a lemon basil raw/vegan cheesecake when I was there last time. I HAD a really nice purple basil plant that had a couple dozen nice tops on it. I was pretty fond of the plant, but it's food...he is an adorable bearded pastry chef...I got a thing for chef coats...SO...snip snip...hey there...how u doing?
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Posted 04 August 2015 - 09:48 AM

Their pastry chef was talking about making a lemon basil raw/vegan cheesecake when I was there last time. I HAD a really nice purple basil plant that had a couple dozen nice tops on it. I was pretty fond of the plant, but it's food...he is an adorable bearded pastry chef...I got a thing for chef coats...SO...snip snip...hey there...how u doing?

 

Funny, I never knew how many leather harnesses showed up when you search "Chef Coats"......


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Posted 04 August 2015 - 08:34 PM

Malabar spinach
https://en.m.wikiped...Malabar_spinach

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 10:57 PM

Tree collard harvest

cleaned 3 plants under growth out. Just the leaves that were not really getting much sun.image.jpg

Gonna make a side dish for a gathering this week.




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