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Happy Hour / RIP Anthony Bordain & Cajun Mardi Gras tonight
« on: Today at 10:25:40 AM »
Anthony Bourdain's visit to Cajun Mardi Gras debuts tonight along with a "Remembering Bordain" show. Starts at 7c.

This is one of the only times I ever watch CNN.

General Discussion / Re: BLT picture
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:12:13 PM »
Aunt Ginny's purple and Limbaugh's Legacy tomatoes tonight. I smashed 2 of these and I might have to eat another one.

General Discussion / Re: Masterblend question
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:50:31 AM »
Most production greenhouses use it every watering with a 10% runoff to avoid salt build up in the soil. Some grow in Pro-Mix potting soil and some grow in a soil-less media like perlite. If growing in a soil-less media then you can recirculate the excess back to the reservoir but it doesn't work for potting soil.

Bobcat gardener and myself both grow in perlite in a hydro dutch bucket system and if you search in the greenhouse section you can see the plants.

Here's some pics from a friend in Alaska using fabric pots and Pro-Mix watering sometimes 3 times a day. He grows 2 plants in one 4 gallon pot and strings them up on both sides. These are recent pics and you can see the production.

Tools and Equipment / Re: Lets talk Mowers
« on: June 14, 2018, 05:57:23 PM »
I already bought the mower, this was just an add on post about it breaking and fantastic customer service.

General Discussion / Re: Okra is not producing
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:47:06 AM »
I'm surprised nobody said to whip it!!!

Tools and Equipment / Re: Lets talk Mowers
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:51:37 AM »
I took a few pics and Mudhog you're right on those plastic rust makers. This is after mowing twice but I must say that the grass was longer than normal because of the rain and I couldn't mow.

The only thing I don't like is the wider back tires won't let you get as close as I want to without rubbing on stuff. I might have to get a skinnier tire and rim on the left side to fix that. The other problem is the foot pedal to adjust the cutting height, I mow in flip flops and it sticks out too far and it's right where my foot sits and it bothers me, I might have to mow it off and weld it on the other side to make more foot room. I will say that it cuts like a dream and runs faster than advertised. The Kawasaki engine also burns less gas than the JD, Cub Cadet and the Ariens. 

I had a breakdown after 2 years and I'm glad I bought the extended warranty. Southland Engine made it right with no hassles and fast service.

I was mowing and turned around when it started smoking from the tranny area and it quit pulling. Southland engine came and picked it up Monday, yesterday afternoon they called and said it will be delivered today and it just got here.

The cross bar between the two hydraulic motors(tranny) broke and that broke a few other bolts then the motor shifted and broke the belt. They think it wasn't tightened enough at the factory and the little movement eventually broke the crossbar.

General Discussion / Re: Masterblend question
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:06:51 AM »
You can use it mixed the same way as hydro. I know people who use it every watering twice a day and have awesome plants.

Here's the mix for 5 gallons, you can mix the epsom and MB together but you have to dissolve the CalNit before you add it to the others so you don't get a chemical lock up.
12 grams of masterblend
12 grams of calcium nitrate
6 grams of epsom salt

General Discussion / Re: Can BER be stopped once it starts?
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:15:29 PM »
Blossom end rot is really due to the inability of the plant to absorb the calcium present in the soil. Bad watering habits, too much nitrogen fertilizer or it can be lacking another mineral that prevents the plant from being able to use the available calcium in the soil.

Water regularly and use a complete fertilizer when planting should solve the problem. For a quick fix I would sprinkle a tablespoon of calcium nitrate around each plant and water it in, you'll see drastic results in the plant growth.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:34:22 AM »
If you haven't bought fermentation vessels yet then check these out. I ran across these fermentation containers, the prices are reasonable for large sizes compared to crocks and lighter.

General Discussion / Re: Gardening will make you a humble person
« on: May 31, 2018, 05:13:22 PM »
GC, don't worry about planting too close this year, I know better and still do it. There's just something about all that empty space when you drop a seed or a plant.

I'm humbled today.... Note to self=mulch after putting in plants, it saves labor pulling weeds when it gets hot.

Another thing, make sure you start enough Fall plants, if we have a mild winter the bonus is huge especially with tomatoes. I always try to have fresh tomatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It might be just a few but they're so much better than those wanna-be's from the store.

General Discussion / Re: Help with pepper disease???
« on: May 27, 2018, 11:55:31 AM »
It looks like some sort of bacterial leaf spot. Spray it with liquid copper and again in 3 days with Daconil. Read the directions when using these. Remove all of the damaged leaves and get them away from the garden.

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse Newbie
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:04:53 AM »
I didn't need a fan in winter, I positioned the heater on one end and aimed it towards a side wall so it would circulate the air. I used a cheap $20 heater with a thermostat and safety trip in case if falls over. I think I bought it at Dollar General.

This is what I used and the plants survived.

Here's a thread that can give you a look at how I anchored it to the ground. I cemented 2x4's in the ground and used conduit straps to secure the GH to the wood then used the 2x4's to make a shelf. These 2x4's are 8" cut in half so it's a cheap permanent fix.

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse Newbie
« on: May 25, 2018, 12:01:46 PM »
I have that same GH from a few years ago and a little electric heater will keep it from freezing. I had it set at 42 and the plants survived and grew. It even worked this year when we had temps in the high teens.

General Discussion / Re: Tomato splitting
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:10:07 PM »
I posted this is another thread but it applies here too.

It's been so dry here in Lafayette that some of my tomatoes split from the little rain we had yesterday so I went and pulled everyone that has a tint of blush just to be safe. I've been watering too with drip tape but if we get a good rain and you haven't been watering regular the tomatoes that are blushing will split.

It's these things that ruin a good season, I hope we get enough rain to water everything in good but not a flood.

General Discussion / Re: Southeast LA Weather this weekend
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:57:09 PM »
It's been so dry here in Lafayette that some of my tomatoes split from the little rain we had yesterday so I went and pulled everyone that has a tint of blush just to be safe. I've been watering too with drip tape but if we get a good rain and you haven't been watering regular the tomatoes that are blushing will split.

Don't worry about the wind, this is a rain storm and it lets the weather channel name another storm cause that's what they do. Before you know it we'll have names of rain storms starting with a Z.

The sky is not falling, just go on as normal until Jim Cantore comes to town!!! ;D ;D With this hot weather so early I'm sure the Gulf is warming up and he might be here more than once this year but it's part of living in God's Country!

Tools and Equipment / Re: Old seed planter
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:22:37 PM »
Go to the paint program and open the pic then resize it to 500 pixels and save it. That should load up.
The paint program can be found by searching in the Start menu, bottom left of the screen.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: May 23, 2018, 10:48:06 AM »
Nice tomato!!!

I see a sandwich in your future. :D ;D

Tools and Equipment / Re: Old seed planter
« on: May 23, 2018, 10:17:54 AM »
You have to know we need pics!! ;D

This might help

General Discussion / Re: Pepper Experiment
« on: May 20, 2018, 08:32:30 PM »
Boo, do you mean Bobby Juice? He's the first I saw using it growing those monster production plants.

I sure miss Bobby, the demolibtards must have really did a number on him to make him quit.

New Videos / Re: This fool cut a hole in the top his GH
« on: May 20, 2018, 08:01:58 PM »
HA!! You better cut more holes ;D ;D

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