This and That

Whatever this and that is for the day

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 

Container garden [sterilizing potting mix]

I was thinking there must be an easier way to sterilize the potting mix by other means than using an oven. All it needs is to be heated. I snooped around this morning sniffing out other methods. Came across other methods and I like this one as I can do a larger amount at once. Just buy a large metal garbage can, do what the instructions say and be done with it. I could set the can on concrete blocks and start a fire underneath using charcoal as a heat source. Charcoal would not create a lot of smoke either.  All you need to do is get the water boiling and maintain boiling temperature the required length of time. I like this metal barrel steaming method.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/homemade-soil-sterilizers-37986.html

Metal Barrel Steaming
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Sure would be easier than building an oven. getting an adequate heat source, dealing with temperature control. I was even thinking of buying a used electric stove with an oven. Seen one last night for $75.00. Where would I store it? Look like he!! sitting covered in the back yard. No room in the garage.

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See comment for another heat source.


Monday, October 30, 2017

 

Container garden [lettuce sprouted]

Had about 5 seeds in the bunching onion tray that are up about 1/4 inch. Have about 4 seeds in a foot basin tray I got at the dollar store that have just sprouted overnight. I direct seeded them outside in the potting mix with sifted potting mix on top.

The ones in the foot basin bin should grow up as there is about 4 or 5 inches of potting mix in the tray. Have enough room in the tray for two more rows which I will plant the seed rows at intervals.

Might have some Lettuce for salad.

May just as well start the bunching onion seed outside in the squash box that has vermiculite in it rather than in the back room in little seed starting containers.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

 

Container garden [mold again]

I mentioned that I threw away the 4 1/2" pot that had mold growing in the seed starting episode. I took a washed out soup can and started some more bunching onions in seed starting mix I had sifted from the potting mix and added vermiculite plus a pinch of bone meal. Water soaked that down and planted my seeds. That was a couple days ago. I go out this morning and it looks like mold growing again. Where the he!! did that come from. I thought for awhile and was thinking it comes from the water. I have two cups generally in the back room when I chew. One coffee and one water drinking from both. I figure I must be contaminating the water with the coffee when I drink from it. Coffee, sugar and milk tainting the water which is causing the mold to grow. I have been using the water cup to water the seed starting mix with.Thumbs Down

Looks like I will trash that can of seeds started and start over using fresh tap water this time.

All the stuff growing on the patio deck garden are still alive. Until cold weather knocks out the summer crops with the nip in the air. The tomatoes grew up but did not leaf out too well or flower. Squash are stunted in growth from cool weather.


Friday, October 27, 2017

 

What I did today

Took the bag of lumber scraps and a few other items to the recycling center this morning. Picked up today's number for mid and eve [971]. Got back and relaxed for awhile after checking what is growing and pruned some dead flower stems off of one plant. watered what needed water. Just stick a finger in the pot mix to test it. Relaxed some more.

Then I went out and put up the Halloween scarem stuff. Two big spider webs about four feet across with spiders on them. Full skeleton about three feet long. Made a grave cross and stuck that in the ground. Hung up a straw hat on the porch post. Stuck a broom in the flag support on a post and draped an old colored sheet over it to blow in the wind.

Maybe I will have the space alien "I" greet the trick or treaters at the door.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

Container garden [ evening report]

Planted some bunching onion seeds. Anyone ever read the ingredients on seed starting mix. Pretty much just peat, vermiculite and some ferlizerBig Grin to give the wee little sproutings a jolt to get a move on and do their growing up act. I just sifted out the potting mix and added about 20% vermculite to the sifting.

Anyone know where I can find potato chip plant seeds?  Probably would take a high salt content soil to grow potato chips.  Been looking in the seed racks and can not find them at all.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

Container garden [morning report]

Went out this morning and dead headed the pansies and pruned back the spent flowering stems. Chill in the air this morning.

Have a little more to do on the two containers I am assembling. Need to put in the vertical board for the octagon corners and cap them off. I will not be filling those boxes until about February. Then I will sort out the scrap box for any savers and take rest to the recycling center along with other items that need to go.

I may start some more bunching onion seeds today. The first bunch is pretty good size now and will need a crop following those.

Radishes and turnips were a total failure and they will be a no grow item. Might better just grow some herbs in that space.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

Container garden [tomato, peppers, squash about done]

Went out just now and the air temperature was chilly and the potting mix temperature has dropped considerably.

I already knew there would not be enough time for those plants to produce any vegetables getting into colder temperatures. As I mentioned I think earlier it was just a learning experience to gain better knowledge of what to do for a better season next year with those vegetable plants.
I will leave those plants in for awhile longer and think about using the containers for cool weather crops until I get the oven built to sanitize the potting mix for next year.

I was thinking about the compost juice bin I was going to do using the left over mushroom mix and black cow. I might better sanitize those two with the oven as well. Put it in like it is now could contaminate the compost juice with fungus. I would just be re contaminating the potting mix with the compost juice.

Still have the bunching onions doing well and I planted some lettuce seed yesterday.

Have the fall flowers to tend to also.

May go in the garage today and assemble the final two containers I have pre-cut. Take them out back to set on the deck to get them out of the garage,


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

 

Container garden [container mulch]

I have been thinking about what to use for mulch for the top of the container. I was thinking about that wood mulch that takes a long time to decompose. 

I have been fascinated with lava rock recently. I was sitting in the back room a few days ago and seen a bucket that contained some lava rock from the grill we used when it was gas. I picked one up and found it to be light weight and porous. Of course they are good sized. I did not know they sold this stuff at garden centers in different sizes from lava sand up to lava stone. Shows you how much I have been in garden centers over the past years.

I think I will go with this for potting mix cover around the plants. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Vigoro-0-5-cu-ft-Decorative-Stone-Red-Lava-Rock-440897/100427379


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

 

Container garden [mold on seed starting pot]

I had transplanted the Siberian tomato into a five gallon bucket today. While I was out there today I picked up the sealed container that had the left over coffee grounds in it. Looked inside at the grounds and it had the same mold growing on it as the seed starting container I threw out. Remember I mentioned that I put coffee grounds in it.

After supper I was looking up what that mold was on the coffee grounds and came across this very informative article. Obviously nothing to be concerned about with the mold on the coffee grounds.

https://permies.com/t/45126/Coffee-Grounds


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

 

Container garden [morning report]

The vegetables are still alive. Put some high phosphate ferlizer Big Grin [bone meal] on the peppers yesterday with a pinch on the tomatoes and squash between the rain showers.

A couple days ago I had filled one of the 4 1/2" pots with potting mix i had sifted and started some lettuce seeds in it. Looked at it yesterday and it had fungus mold growing on top. The saved pots could have been contaminated so I threw all the saved pots and the one I had started the seed in into the trash bin.


Monday, October 23, 2017

 

Container garden [baking temperature & time]

Found it on the first search.

Looks like 180 degrees core temperature for at least 30 minutes.

The oven I will build is a lot quicker for my situation with portable containers and container mix.

I would get kicked out of the house if I put container mix in the house oven. At least for a week.No Pity!
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Tips To Sterilize Potting Soil, Garden Soil And Soil For Seeds

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/sterilizing-soil.htm


Monday, October 23, 2017

 

Container garden [container mix recipe]

I think I have settled on a final recipe after the bottle settling test.

Bottom portion: about 8 or 9 inches deep.  50% potting mix, 50% perlite and water saving crystals.

Top portion: which will be about 7 inches deep. 80% potting mix, 20% vermiculite.


Monday, October 23, 2017

 

Container garden [fungus & critters in soil heat treatment]

Seeing the containers and contents are portable rather than on the ground soil it may be simpler to do the heat treatment. I would not have hot enough outside temperature and enough direct sunlight before spring gardening season. I want to do it when the vegetables are done I have in them now.

I could purchase a metal tub like the old wash tubs and put the container mix in that depending on the size of the tub. Maybe put the tub in a three sided enclosure. Then I could put an electric space heater directing the heat to the tub and bring the container mix up to the required temperature and cook it for the length of time required . Be about the same thing as an oven without the door.

Maybe have a marshmallow roast for myself while I am tending to it.Green laugh


Sunday, October 22, 2017

 

Container garden [final bottle settling results]

Went out this morning and measured the results from test #1 which contained the potting mix,
mushroom mix and vermiculite with a couple handfuls of black cow I had sitting in the paint tray.
top flotation was 1/2 cup and the bottom settling contained the finer granules with vermiculite
had 1 1/2 cups.
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Test #2 had the mushroom compost. it had all settled to the bottom with no recognizable
layers about 1 1/2 cups there. Got that in the tray draining and will go out and feel
texture later.
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Started test #3 with the potting mix with 2 1/2 cups in test bottle.
Already seen flotation come to the top. Will let that settle until tonight.
checked test three @ 15:30 hrs
Top flotation test #3: 1 1/4 cup
bottom sediment: 1/4 cup fine particles

That 2 1/2 cups to start was dry mix.
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Looks like elimination of the mushroom compost & black cow is a must do.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

 

Container garden [leftover compost problem]

I had a thought this morning on what to do with the left over mushroom compost and black cow which is fine grained I do not want to put in anymore containers. Might compact too much in the containers.

I have a 20 gallon plastic storage container with holes drilled in it that I had filled with dirt and dumped out. It sits empty in the garage. I will clean off the inner and outer portion of the container where the holes are and put duct tape on each side to seal it back up. I have the lid for it with no holes in it. I will take it outside and set it by the deck and put about ten gallons of water in it, then I will dump in about three gallons of mushroom compost and black cow mixed together. Stir it all up and let it set to digest adding raw vegetable scraps from the kitchen plus the coffee grounds. Stir it all up occasionally. What I will have when it digests into the water is liquid ferlizer Big Grin to feed to the plants while they are growing. Maybe about one cup for each plant now and then.

Just add more mushroom compost and black cow when I see the liquid ferlizer Approve getting weak.

I might just take the top portion of the cuke box that has the Potting mix, black cow, mushroom compost and vermiculite I just re done and dump that into the liquid ferlizer Big Smile container. Going to need to re do the cuke box again [third time around] with putting perlite in the bottom portion and do the top portion with the new blend of potting mix I settle on.

I was also reading last night the problems they have with these bagged nursery supplies is that they transport crop diseases and crop fungus's plus little live critters or egg cells in the mixture.

No doubt that is where my plant fungus's came from.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

 

Container garden [bottle settling results 1 & 2 test]

Went out this morning and measured the results from test #1 which contained the potting mix, mushroom mix and vermiculite with a couple handfuls of black cow I had sitting in the paint tray. top flotation was 1/2 cup and the bottom settling contained the finer granules with vermiculite had 1 1/2 cups.

Test #2 had the mushroom compost. it had all settled to the bottom with no recognizable layers about 1 1/2 cups there. Got that in the tray draining and will go out and feel texture later.

Started test #3 with the potting mix with 2 1/2 cups in test bottle. Already seen flotation come to the top. Will let that settle until tonight.

Today's thoughts: Eliminate the mushroom compost and black cow from the container mix. Thinking those two will compact and cause container problems like that dirt episode. Figure out something for the mushroom compost next year. Got one unopened bag which I could take back to the garden center and the opened bag I could take to the back of the lot and mix it with something to place at ground level. Maybe by the back fence and plant something in it.

Was thinking about the forestry chips in the potting mix rotting in the container. Checking on different things and the wood mulch is out of the question I mentioned last night. For the bottom layer of the container which only has the potting mix and water saving crystals in it I could use up to 50% perlite in that layer. They say perlite does not hold as much water as vermiculite.

After final bottle testing I will figure what to go in the top portion of potting mix. As it looks now it just may be potting mix and vermiculite as vermiculite hold more water than perlite. Need more water in top layer for the plants any how and top layer dries out quicker.

Need any additional nutrients I will just add ferlizer.Big Grin

OHHH, the flowers are doing great and the vegetable plants are still alive. Done some pruning on the pepper plants yesterday also.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

 

Container garden [excess moisture in bottom]

Another thought just came to me. When I was re doing the cuke box the lower I got in the container the more moisture was present the lower I got. Probably why the top dries out quicker, water runs downhill.Thud

Any how this thought came to me. When I do and redo the other containers with the mix ratio I choose I will add wicks to the container. They could be cotton terry cloth towels cut into strips. Put one end in the bottom and extend it to the top when I fill the containers. Figure out how many per container. When the top mix starts losing moisture the wick will pull moisture up to the drier mix on top.

If I notice the wicks starting to rot away I could take a small steel rod and push in new wicks to the bottom.

I do not want to take all the credit for my thoughts here. My space alien"I" has been giving me some direction on this.

Green laugh


Saturday, October 21, 2017

 

Container garden [the potting mixture]

I got to think about this one for awhile. There already is the fine particles that settled. then there was the flotation that looked like forest products which I do not know how long it takes to rot.

Seeing I already have the decomposed stuff that settled to the bottom which is a fixed situation to begin with. Then we have the flotation that is going to rot over time joining the decomposed stuff at the bottom of the jar which I am not sure of the time it takes to rot.

Maybe I should increase the wood mulch part with this.
Brown Pine Bark Mulch: "It is extremely slow to decay". it is also 100% natural.

Does that mean slow to decay on the grounds surface. Does it decay quicker in below wet ground situation with oxygen in the compost mix.

Got to think about how much pine bark mulch to add to extend the life of the potting mix in the containers before it all turns to swamp muck.

Another thing to think about. Anyone ever hear of Hugelkulture. Look it up.

Create a Hugelkulture container.ROFL


Saturday, October 21, 2017

 

Container garden [bottle settling results #1]

Just finished with looking at settling test I did yesterday that had the mix of potting mix, mushroom compost and vermiculite with a couple handful's of black cow. The top flotation was about 1 1/2" thick, The water was still cloudy as there must be ultra fine particles that do not want to settle and the bottom portion was about 2 1/2 inches deep. I had an old paint tray and with a spoon removed the top flotation into a paint tray, gently poured out the water and then dumped the bottom segment into the paint tray as I did not see any different layers in that. Looking at the flotation looks like shredded forestry products with a small amount which looks like perlite . The bottom layer has the vermiculite plus what looks like the decomposed mushroom compost, probably peat and the black cow. The bottom layer was real small particles except for the vermiculite. The bottom layer looks like swamp muck except for the vermiculite. At this rate when the top layer decomposes through out the container mix I am going to end up with a container of swamp muck with vermiculite.

After I did the above I washed out the test bottle and filled it about 1/2 way with the mushroom mix and shook that up for a test.

Tomorrow I will go out with the measuring cup and check the quantity in the top and bottom piles which I have set in the paint tray to drain and dry out some.

The third test I will do the potting mix .

I do not know how fast it takes these shredded forestry products to decompose at the size they are. They are pretty small.

May need to use a higher ratio of potting mix with the shredded pieces among the potting mix, mushroom compost and black cow. May just skip the black cow as that is a fine grain product. All black cow is a medium that rates out to 5-5-5 in the fertilizer scale. I already have a bag of time release fertilizer now. A teaspoon or so full of time release fertilizer is a lot less than a couple handful's of black cow.

I miss spell fertilizer every stinking time. If I ignore the miss spelling and you see ferlizer Green laugh you will know what I mean. There are few other words that are stinkers too. No No


Friday, October 20, 2017

 

Container garden [The settling bottle saga]

Went out before dark and checked on the settling bottle. It is still cloudy, About one inch of flotation on the top now. Looks like the vermiculite settled to the bottom with something else of the same weight. Just above that is some sort of lighter material that settled. Seen a few of the top flotation particles dropping to the bottom.  the top flotation must be soaking up water for them to drop. Like a floating log until it gets water logged and drop to the bottom of a body of water. Must be some really fine lightweight particles making the water cloudy yet.

When it is all settled I may carefully remove each layer to figure out what each layer contains.

All the past months of work and nothing for the dinner table yet.

Figure I may get some lettuce here shortly as that does not take long to grow in nutrient rich soil they say.

What gets me you look out and see all these weeds thriving just on their own. May just as well be a forager like Ewell Gibbons was.


Friday, October 20, 2017

 

Container garden [starting from seeds]

I always like starting my plants from seed. I was thinking about that they recommend using seed starting mix. From what I just read seeds do not need nutrients to start growth. Like starting them in vermiculite in those thimble size compartment trays. Then you need to transplant them into pots. The idea occurred to me to fill one of the leftover 4 1/2" containers the flowers came in with the sifted potting mix. Another thought occurred to me was to take the sifted potting mix and add coffee grounds in it. I had a 2 cup measuring cup and just about filled it with the sifted potting mix I had. I then dumped in today's coffee grounds which was three scoops and mixed it all together. Put that in the 4 1/2" container and watered it down. Took some lettuce seed I got today and broad cast the seeds and covered with about 1/8" of sifted mix. added some more water on the dry mix on top. "coffee grounds contain nitrogen, calcium and magnesium that are greatly beneficial for the growth of plants." If the seeds start that should give a big boost to the seedlings once they get their second leaf set. See how that works out.

Another thought occurred to me. I could fill the pot with the mix I mentioned, then take my thumb and make a thimble size depression. Fill the depression with vermiculite and place my seed in that. The seed will start in the vermiculite and advance in growth to the potting mix with the nutrient rich coffee grounds. I did not have any vermiculite tonight so I just started the seed in the potting mix. Seems like starting one seed in a 4 1/2 inch container as mentioned will save time from transplanting from thimble size container to a larger container with the nutrients in it.

If the lettuce seeds start it is obvious I will need to transplant the wee small seedlings after they come up with that many seed in one container.

That will be another topic for the container garden saga if they come up or not.


Friday, October 20, 2017

 

Container garden [todays progress]

Went out with a 2 litre plastic sody bottle. Cut the top of with a utility knife to where the bottle was same size on the neck. Filled it about half full with yesterday's mix I done for the top portion of the new box. Put water in, slipped the top cut off down inside the bottom portion and shook it up. Sitting out back now and settling.

Transplanted two flowers in 10 inch pots and stuck the remaining 5 flowers in a corner of the boxes I have tomato and peppers in. I had two ten inch pots with beets started in them. I dumped those two in the cement mixing pan which made about 5 gallons as each 10 inch container hold about 2 1/2 gallons. Dumped the vermiculite I had remaining from the 8 quart bag I purchased. There was one gallon of vermiculite left. Mixed that all up and refilled the two ten inch containers for the flowers. Had some left in the pan so I used that with the flower transplants in the vegetable boxes after I dug the hole in the corner. When I dug the little holes in the corner of the tomato box I seen tomato roots all the way to the corner that looked healthy.

Got ready to leave after cleanup I checked the settling bottle and seen it was still clouded up but had a layer of flotation stuff on top about 1/4 inch thick.

I shopped around for vermiculite and found I can buy a two cubic foot bag at Home depot for less money per quart than the 8 quart bag I purchased. Did not see the larger bag when I was shopping for vermiculite. Save about 1/3rd in cost.

Got to thinking about this black cow and mushroom mix. Once the nutrients are leeched out I will just go to Tractor Supply and buy a bag of garden mix fertilizer. Why buy black cow or mushroom mix every year just to get the nutrients. Once the container is established with the proper mix for growing, Just buy a bag of the fertilizer I mentioned. All this nonsense  of removing and replacing the top portion mix can get old and costly every year.

May go and exchange that wire screen today I mentioned last night.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

 

Container garden [another WTF moment]

Got started this morning about 11:00 hours.
Last night I was thinking about that nice shiny new gray aluminum screening I purchased. Then a thought hit me. Why don't I take the new screening and replace the screening in some windows that have bug holes in them. I took one window screen that is about 35 inches by about 60 inches tall and removed the screen which had a couple holes in it about the size of a dime. Used that to line the box. I will need to take back the 36 inch by 80 inch roll for exchange for a roll of screen 40 inches by 25 feet. Thirty inches is a little narrow to grab the edges when rolling in the neoprene rope that holds it in the track. I already have the tool for window screening.

When I got the container done I had another thought. I use a hand cart to haul stuff around with that has a support plate about 16 inches wide and about 8 inches deep. Always had trouble keeping stuff on the SOAB. I had a piece of leftover plywood in the garage about 2 feet by 3 feet. I cut that down to about 2 feet by 2 feet. Then I notched it to go around the two upright pipe that goes to the top of the cart. The steel base plate stuck back about one inch from the uprights. Put the plywood on the top and got my trusty c-clamp out and tightened it down. Go my drill out and drilled one hole through the plate and plywood. Run a bolt through it and put a wing nut on it. WaaLaa works like a charm. Did not even need to bungy cord the box to hold in in place. Wheeled that SOAB around to the back without any cussing.

Then I set the box in place, filled the bottom portion, put in the charcoal layer that was mixed in with the potting mix. Took the mud pan and put in about 2 1/2 gallons of my potting mix for the top portion. Read the instructions on the mushroom compost which said 4 inches compost worked into 2 inches of soil. That is a high percentage I thought. Cut open the bag and came to the WTF moment. That stuff is about the consistency of the dirt I took out to begin with and dumped on the lawn. Welll I said, I am not mixing that ratio. So I put in 2 gallons of mushroom compost with the 2 1/2 gallons of potting mix. Then I added 1 gallon of vermiculite. added the ironite and mixed it all together. Texture did not feel to bad after I mixed it all together. Put it in the container and added about 2 quarts of potting mix as I was a bit short from the level I wanted. Mixed those two quarts with the rest in the box. Transplanted a squash in it. That was it for the day. Did not get to the flowers yet.

Tomorrow I am going to take some of the top mix and put it in a clear bottle, add some water, shake it up and let it settle. See what the percentage ratio of this and that is in the mix I made up. May need to readjust for less mushroom compost after the plant is done. Not pulling that SOAB of a plant up again after all this work.

Probably plant the flowers also.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

 

Something strange needs to happen

The 25X ascending
The 35X ascending

They are both in a show zone.

#      TH            Last seen      out

255    2    2.03    Aug 4, 2017     140
256    5    4.05    Aug 10, 2017    129
257    3    4.05    Jul 27, 2017    154
258    4    4.05    Feb 10, 2017    464
259    4    4.05    Aug 21, 2017    108
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355    2    2.03    Dec 20, 2016    562
356    4    4.05    Aug 7, 2017     134
357    3    4.05    May 4, 2017     311
358    4    4.05    Aug 24, 2017    102
359    5    4.05    Aug 7, 2017     135

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8/21 E 592____25X__X59__***
8/24 E 583____35X__***__***

Got the X59 out there also.
059-159-259-359-459-559

The last time the X5X ascending hit
10/06 M 165 15X__X56__***

 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

Container garden [the good & the bad]

Went around today and picked up some supplies. Mushroom compost, vermiculite, screws, other odds and ends. Plus I got two more packs of flowers, 1ea 4.5" aster & a 6 pack of asters. Pretty little things they are.

Went out back to redo the 16"x16"x12" deep container that had the cuke in it. The cuke got tossed a couple days ago. Set up my buckets and pans to keep the potting mix separate. The bottom portion had the water saving crystals in that portion already the next portion was the charcoal layer and the top portion was what I was going to redo as I did not have ironite in it. Got my five gallon bucket set and started removing the top portion. Came to a WTF moment. The burlap had rotted. I expected it to last at least a couple years and it has like been only about six weeks since I put it in. I had no recollection from my childhood farm days how long burlap lasted in wet conditions. So much for believing what I had read and seen on you tube about burlap. Must be they are using burlap treated against rot. So I finished bucketing the top layer, took the charcoal layer of about two inches and put that in a small pail. Removed the bottom layer and put that in the cement mixing pan which is about 20"x30"x5" deep. Tore out the burlap and washed out the container. Figured I had the container emptied I would do it up to 16" deep and add the 45 degree corners making an octagon. Made another trip to the store and got short roll of aluminum window screening. They claim aluminum will not rot and last like 500 years underground according to a soda can thickness. Seen that in my search on aluminum rotting. I knew it did not rot but at screen thickness I was not sure. I can remember pulling up aluminum screening from lot cleaning that was not rotten in my construction days.

With that emptying job completed I hauled the container to the garage and added 4" to the height and put in the 45 degree corners. That was as far as I got on that as it was late in the day when I finished my shopping and emptied the container.

The other day I did pre cut all the boards for two more containers I was planning on. That is still setting in the garage to be assembled.

Tomorrow I will add the aluminum screening to the inside of the box, refill the bottom layer that has the water saving crystals in it. then the charcoal layer and the top layer I will need to add the ironite and the mushroom compost plus vermiculite. Then I will transplant a squash plant in it I have started that is doing pretty good.

When I emptied the container the potting mix was moist but not dry or ringing wet. Moist enough to make a ball in your hand that did not drip water or fall apart from being to dry.

Then I will work on transplanting those pretty flowers in 10" containers.

Looks like I will need to redo the four other containers I have that have the tomatoes and peppers in them when they are done for the season. Add the 45 degree corners and put compost in top layer.

For some reason Just potting mix and a couple handful's of black cow does not give a good growing mix. For the time they have been in there they should show more vigor and growth. I will need to do like the guy that lived on Walden Pond and tug on the plants to get them to grow faster. I visited Walden Pond some time ago and it has my stone in the stone pile I threw in.


Monday, October 16, 2017

 

Something strange did it again

X35 back pair ascending
1X5 split pair ascending
returns with same lottery number
numbers that will fit.
*35_ 035-135-235-335
1*5_ 115-125-135-145-155

09/22 M 315 -**__*35__1*5
10/16 M 315 -13__*35__1*5

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

 

Container garden [sick cuke medicine]

Seen something else that looks like I will go with instead of the copper fungicide.

Read about the uses of triple action neem oil and I have settled on that instead. Works as a fungicide and pest control at the same time. For the coverage listed for a 16 oz bottle should last me for quite a few years.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

 

Container garden [the sick cuke saga]

Went out today and most all the leaves have spots on them except one center leaf. Got disgusted and nipped of all the leaves except the center leaf. Came in and done some research on cuke diseases and may need to get copper fungicide. Should be good for other plants as well. Looks like the home brew of baking soda did not cut the mustard.

See if the cuke survives this episode.

Pepper plants look like flowers beginning to form. They are healthy.

Changing the size of the containers I will be making. Going 14"x14" square x16"deep. Then I will add a board in each corner making an octagon. Did not want to mess with eight corners when I can do it with four. I will cap the triangular corners when done. That should be big enough for most plants.

Rest of the flowers are doing fine.


Friday, October 13, 2017

 

Container garden [soil aeration]

I was reading earlier after supper about using vermiculite in potting mix that it helps keep the mix aerated. They also was saying that the container mix will settle over time. I was thinking just now that I did not put any vermiculite in the potting mix. May put some vermiculite in the top layer later when I add compost in the top layer above the charcoal layer, about a five inch layer.

A flash of thought occurred to me about how to aerate the lower part. I have an electric air pump just for tires I purchased in the spring. It has no tank and it is about the size of an electric drill. I could take a small tube about two feet long, crimp down one end to close off the end of the tube, make holes in the bottom 12 inches of the tube and on the upper end I could attach the attachment that came with the pump to fill basketballs. Hook the air pump to it, turn on the air pump and pump air down into the lower 12 inches of the mix which may fluff up the potting mix and create little air pockets. I have holes on the sides of the container and I could enter that way also. Save time of emptying the whole container and fluffing it up by hand.

Get some time I may set up the system for an experimental run.Jack-in-the-Box

Green laugh


Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

The sick Pansy saga

Got to thinking I could have replanted the plant too deep. Was thinking that could cause the stem rot.
Done a search before I went out.

Went out and checked the neck of the plant to see if I replanted it too deep which I did. About one half inch or so.
Checked the other plants I did and they were replanted without potting mix up around the plant neck. Those plants are doing fine so far.
I took a trowel and removed the sick plant from the container and washed of the potting mix from the plants root.
The roots were healthy and no sign of black root.

_______________________
How to Plant Pansies in Containers 

http://www.ehow.com/how_4879742_plant-pansies-containers.html

"Place pansies at the same level they were in the flat or seedling pot, and then firm the soil around the plants."
_______________________________________________

Have some material in the garage for more containers to build 16"x16"x16"deep for the two squash and Siberian pepper.
Will start on that this afternoon.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

The sick Pansy

Checked that pansy just now. Found stem rot on the stems that dropped. Found this article
which was helpful.
No doubt the potting mix I used is not at the right PH either as I used the same potting mix as the vegetables.
5.0 and 5.5 is low.

May just as well discard the plant and the mix in the container.

________________________________
Black Root Rot Of Pansy

http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-1053/index2.tmpl

"Adjust potting media to a pH between 5.0 and 5.5."


Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

Container garden [ fresh vegetables ]

Fresh vegetables: salt free and no after harvest additives. ROFL


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 

Container garden [ a little whining]

Seen a caterpillar on the a cuke plant. Picked him off and gave him the sole of a size ten boot. One of the flower plants look sick. Flopped over and looks in distress. Tomato plants look like the fungus is back.

One thing about container gardening I only have one or two containers containing the same type of plant. Quite a loss ratio when you lose the plant in a container. The growing season is only so long even in the south with a spring and fall garden. Get wicked hot for vegetables in July and August and cold temps in mid December to mid February.

You lose the season when you lose a plant variety.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 

Container garden [sick cuke update]

Checked this morning and it looks like the browning on the leaf edge has not advanced any further.

Got to thinking what else could have stressed the cuke besides over fertilization. Monday afternoon when it was not raining I had taken a trowel and dug around a small cuke plant next to the big that was shading the small one.  The larger one is about four inches or so high and the smaller one is about one inch or a little taller. I transplanted the smaller one a little further away from the larger one. I thought I had read a week or so earlier that cukes needed to be direct seeded and not transplanted as cukes do not like to be disturbed once they germinate and sprout into seedlings. The digging around next to the big and small ones root system probably put stress on both of them causing the brown leaf edge.

See if they survive this episode.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

 

Container garden [green manure]

Yep,

Just done a search on winter wheat and came up with this article.
A thought just occurred to me that I could plant a crop of something in the container broad casting the seed thickly. Maybe turnips as they sprout and grow quickly to about 3 or 4 inches high. Just work the greens into the soil when transplanting time comes around.

I did read an article not to long ago where serious and knowledgeable container or yard gardeners manage their soil where they do not need to add fertilizers.

________________________________

Green manure cover crops for Minnesota

http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/vegetables/green-manure-cover-crops-for-minnesota/


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

 

Container garden [ the compost saga]

Read up some on compost for the potting mix. Did not use compost except for a couple handful's of black cow on the top layer of the container. Probably was not enough. Checked the garden supply and may use mushroom compost. Might just forget the 20 gallon mulch bin and buy the compost.
I still will get a bale of straw to layer the top of the soil. They say that is a helpful benefit for container gardening.

Never really gave compost much thought when I done the containers for transplanting.

A thought occurred to me about ten minutes ago from back on the farm. My father use to plant winter wheat in the fall and when spring time came it got up a ways and he plowed it under. He probably told me why back then but I can not remember why he did it. It has been 60 years since my farm childhood days and leaving for the military.
No doubt the winter wheat was plowed under as green compost.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

 

Container garden [the cukes are sick]

The cuke plants have a brown edge on the leaves. Could be stress from something. Maybe too much fertilizer.

Tomatoes are up to 12 and 13 inches in height. Doing fine

Peppers are up to 6 inches in height. Doing fine

Squash are doing fine.

Siberian tomato up to 4 inches in height. doing fine.

Just the cukes took a turn downhill.

Flowers in hanging pots have flowers in bloom and still look healthy.


Monday, October 9, 2017

 

Container garden tomato selection for next year

Two containers of intermediate tomato named Big Daddy. Each tomato will grow to 12 to 15 Oz in size. My granddaughter likes stuffed tomatoes. They will also be a good size slicing tomato. I like tomato sandwiches once in a while. slather them with mayo and top it with sugar.

One container of lemon cherry tomato. A sweet yellow tomato. I think that is an intermediate tomato also. grows to about 6 feet high. Will need a tall chimney for that one.

Still have the larger size yellow tomato on the list. Have not picked that out yet. Or maybe I will just skip that one since having the Lemon Cherry tomato already.

Found a seed house with a large selection of seeds. Even categorized by continent or country.

Reimer seeds. http://www.reimerseeds.com/Departments/Vegetables.aspx


Monday, October 9, 2017

 

Something strange did it again

Front pair ascending 06X
Returned the same three digit number 066
These are the numbers that will fit the 06X ascanding
066-067-068-069

09/11 E 606-06X__***__***
10/09 E 660-06X__X66__0X6

 

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Monday, October 9, 2017

 

Container garden [to do list]

I had purchased two small concrete mixing pans to plant stuff in. Had dirt in them also which was dumped. I taped over the holes in one and use it for a mixing pan for the potting mix when I add the water saving crystals or potting mix with black cow and ironite. Five gallons of potting mix fit quite nicely in a pan.

The other pan is in the garage with holes in it. The pans are about two feet by three feet and about six inches deep. I was thinking of building a box around the pan and have the top lip of the pan rest on the sides of the box. Will put a few one by twos for a base to hold the bottom of the pan. When I am done with that I will use it for planting varieties of lettuce in it. Should be able to fit quite a few plants in it. Will space planting about every two or three weeks. A head of leafy lettuce from the store lasts me about a week. Might even plant some fresh herbs on one end.

For the space size of a container I like to use maximum production type plants. Tomatoes, peppers and squash produce quite a bit from a healthy plant. If I planted one cabbage or cauliflower in a container I would be tying up that container which costs about $25.00 for initial setup for one meal out of it from the length of time it takes from seedling to harvest. We have a two season growing season down here so that would be two harvest per year per container. Not counting crop failures Big Grin.

Seeing I have peppers, tomatoes, cukes and squash doing well so far What?. It is time to make some vegetable chimneys. I will call them chimneys rather than cages. Cages sound like I am putting the vegetables in prison. Can not treat them to harshly you knoowww.

For the chimneys I do not like the looks of the wire hoop spacing in the store bough ones. I am going to use concrete wire and make my own chimneys with about a twelve inch diameter and to the height required for each plant. Have room to put a hand in and if necessary I can run wire diameter wise for support. Cut the wire to have legs that go in the container for support.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/42-in-x-84-in-Sheared-Welded-Steel-Wire-06415/206514118

Another advantage to using steel wire is that it rusts. With the wire legs rusting below the potting mix the iron in the rust will leech into the mix. The rusting above the potting mix will wash down into the potting mix when it rains or by hand watering. That may solve some of the iron deficiency. Green laugh


Sunday, October 8, 2017

 

Out in back room having a chew and

Just out in the backroom having a chew. The yard light is generally not on but a little light shines through the screen door. I noticed some motion up next to the screen door. It was an opossum sniffing around the door. I yelled scat and it took off. Maybe the opossum and the snake will have a chance meeting one of these days.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

 

Container garden [made some fungus juice]

Made up that recipe using baking soda but used vegetable oil. Sprayed that on. The tomatoes and peppers knew what was happening and raised up their leaves so I could spray under them. They all gave a sigh of relief when I finished.

This container garden thing is like raising kids with all the care and attention they need.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

 

Container garden [ there is a fungus in the garden]

Baking Soda/ Potassium Bicarbonate Fungus Control. Mix 4 teaspoons (about 1 rounded tablespoon) of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of horticultural oil into one gallon of water. Spray lightly on foliage of plants afflicted with black spot, powdery mildew, brown patch and other fungal diseases.

horticultural oil: What the hell is that?Bang Head

 

There it is Jack-in-the-Box

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Monterey-Horticultural-Oil-Quart-Organic-Concentrate-for-Outdoor-Insect-Control-LG-6290/206453987?&cm_mmc=Shopping|THD|B|0|B-BASE-D28O+Outdoor+Garden|&mid=pknp6xJN|dc_mtid_8903vry57826_pcrid_73254969630340_pkw__pmt__


Sunday, October 8, 2017

 

Container garden

Went out and thinned the turnip patch. Came back in house and sat in back room having a chew of tobaccy and had a caterpillar crawling on my arm. Seen them before. About one half inch long, whitish in color with very small dark spots the length of it.

Guess I will need to start on bug control. Maybe this for starters. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Monterey-B-T-Bacillus-Thuringiensis-Pint-Concentrate-Outdoor-Organic-Insecticide-LG6332/206211430?&cm_mmc=Shopping|THD|B|0|B-BASE-D28O+Outdoor+Garden|&mid=pknp6xJN|dc_mtid_8903vry57826_pcrid_73254969630340_pkw__pmt__


Sunday, October 8, 2017

 

Container garden

Went out to look at the vegetables this morning to see how they were doing. One tomato had a lower leaf with brown spots on it. Nipped it off and threw it on the ground. Will need to go out and dispose of it properly.

Done some research on that dilemma. Guess I will need to start more extensive research on plant disease and what can be done about it. Did find an article about it and solutions to the problem. Will need to look further into  Organocide remedies. Bookmarked a site where they have Organocide for sale. https://www.planetnatural.com/product/exel-lg-systemic-fungicide/

Going out now and finish thinning my turnip patch to about three inches apart. Thinned out some two days ago and added them to my green salad. Will not use any this time in the salad. They were o'k if you like the flavor. Used blue cheese dressing so that kicked up the flavor of the greens in the salad to a more palatable taste.

With all the problems produce growers go through to have a harvest able crop is mind boggling. I remember my father complaining about it. Then purchasers have a problem on the price they pay for food crops.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

 

Those worms for the containers

Read a couple articles today where worms in containers may not be needed and more trouble than they are worth. Soil potting mix is already porous enough to let water pass through and let in air circulation. Also the container mix may reach too high in temperature and too much water flooding through them when it rains for them to survive well.

An odd thought came to my mind. I was looking at these containers made of plastic in the garden centers which comes in different sizes. The ones I seen were all black ones. A dark color draws heat wicked bad. No wonder they dry out so fast.

Before next spring I may decide to white wash the outside of the containers to deflect sun rays when it hits the containers on hot SC days. The containers are now a reddish and gray color. I have read you can use those long stemmed thermometers they use for kitchen cooking use.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

 

Today's container garden project

Gonna go in the yard and dig for earthworms. Try to find at least four for each container. Should reproduce with four in a box.  Earthworms should aerate the potting mix real nice. Can not find worms I will go to a bait shop to get some.

Vegetables plants are still green. Cheers

Had a decent rain last night. Potting mix is draining very nicely. It should seeing I cut enough 1/4 inch slots in the five inch wide boards I used for the bottom and sides. Want the potting mix moist, not flooded with water.

May go to Walmart at some point in time and purchase an electronic PH and water content meter which comes as one unit.

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Update 3:25 PM

Tried digging for worms. Ground all rooty and hard. Guess I will fuggetabout that. Go to the bait shop.


Friday, October 6, 2017

 

snake, snake, snake

I forgot to mention that I had two other containers that are twenty gallon plastic containers that I had filled with top soil dirt and set them on 2x4s under each container. I had squash in them also that turned into a disaster. While I was emptying them I got them empty and I picked them up to take and wash out. I picked up one of the 2x4s that were under the tub and a snake came scooting out about six inches long. It looked like a baby black racer. Scared the living hell out of me. That was Wednesday of last week.

A couple days after that I was sitting in the back room with a rear door overlooking the back yard having a chew of tobacco. I looked out and I seen a slender shadow moving about ten feet from the door. Opened the door and a snake about three or four feet long stopped and looked up at me. I moved outside the door and advanced toward the snake and it took off to the edge of the yard and disappeared. Looked like a black racer. Seen that snake quite awhile ago in the yard and looked up snakes in SC to identify it as a black racer as it travels likety split fast. Never seen a snake travel that fast before.

Must be the snake has made itself a home in the back yard under the deck or under the AC unit.

May reuse those containers as they are a nice size. Will save me the trouble of building two boxes. May use one for the parsnips filling it up with potting mix using the same procedure I used to to refill the wooden boxes. The other container I was thinking of using as a mulch bin. May decide to get one of those small bales of wheat straw at the garden center. Bust open the bale and shake some of it out on the ground and then take my mulcher mower and shred it up into tinier pieces. Put that in the plastic container as a starter for the compost added as time goes along. The container has a nice cover which I will drill holes in about one inch in diameter to let rain in.

I do not want to use grass clippings or leaves from the yard in the mulch bin as the yard has had nasty chemicals added over the years for bug control. The grass and leaves could take in this nasty crap which would contaminate the containers if I added it as compost to the containers.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

 

Container garden[ want to grow these]

I remember a long time ago that I had some yellow tomatoes. They are about the size of a baseball and were very tasty.

Been looking around different seed houses online on where I can purchase seeds not normally carried at the garden centers. There are very tasty vegetables available not normally carried at the food markets. So will grow my own.

Have the yellow tomato seeds on my list and also this one that I find very interesting as a compliment to cooking different things [lemon grass]

All About Lemongrass
https://www.thespruce.com/all-about-lemongrass-2216499

 

Update 11:54

Another thing I would like to grow is parsnips. I can get parsnips at the market but they are not as tasty as I remember them when I was a kid back on the farm. What we did back then was got them up to mature size just before fall time in NY. We left them in the ground and covered them with leaves to prevent the ground from freezing. It got cold enough under the leaves to turn the ground cold. Left them like that for a few weeks before the snows started. I was told when I was younger the cold reacted to the parsnips to make them sweeter and tastier. Delicious tasting that way.
May take one of the containers and grow some parsnips to full size before cold weather comes here in SC in January and February. The cold weather during those months should season the parsnips. Does not get cold enough here to freeze the ground during those two months. Occasionally sometimes below 32 degrees.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

 

Something strange did it again

It was the 24X ascending order front pair this time. Repeat of the same number when placed ascending order.

09/12 M 942 __24X__--+
10/05 M 492 __24X__2X9


Thursday, October 5, 2017

 

Container garden update

From the original post I made on Sept 17th I built a container 2 feet x 3 feet x 10 inches deep cutting in
enough slots for drainage and air flow. Lined the bottom and sides with burlap, Filled the first five inches with potting mix and the required amount of water storing crystals using formula per 5 gallons. Then I laid down a layer of untreated charcoal that were smashed down to about the size of a quarter or less. I would say about two quarts spread evenly across the mix. Then I finished of the balance of the container with the potting mix containing the amount of ironite needed and a few handful's of black cow blending all this together. Planted a one foot x two foot section with radishes. The radishes are up about two inches now doing well. Then another one foot section with bunching onion transplants I started from seed. The onions are touch and go on those. Onions are finicky little rascals on what they require. Do not know if they are worth the trouble when I can get bunching onions at the store for my salad for like $1.00 a bundle.
http://www.faa.gov.nl.ca/agrifoods/plants/pdf/onions.pdf.

The last one foot section some purple top turnips to see what they will do. planted them pretty thick as I only broadcast sown the seeds. Turnips are up about 1.5 inches and will thin them shortly. Will take the turnip thinnings and use them in a bowl of green salad. Should be nice and tender at that size.

Next I dumped the four 16 x 16 x 12" deep containers of garden dirt and washed them out. Took them to the garage and rebuilt them to 16 inches deep and cutting in drainage and air flow slots. I was doing some research on vegetable root system sizes and found that quite interesting on root sizes for different plants. Containers still may be a little small but that is the biggest I will go. [root systems: http://soilandhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/01aglibrary/010137veg.roots/010137toc.html Then I Lined the boxes with burlap, done ten inches of potting mix with water storing crystals, put a layer of charcoal, filled the last five inches with potting mix, ironite and black cow all blended together. Have two boxes with Rutgers tomatoes and two boxes of bell pepper in them already. Around the outside edge of each box I planted seeds of turnips, carrots, bunching onions and spinach to see how that pans out.

Now I have one seedling of the Siberian tomato up about one and a half inch, one zucchini and one yellow squash they are up about one inch. Will need to build a container for each one of those. See how they survive this time around.

Should have some radishes to harvest shortly if they do well. Must be about 50 or so plants in that one foot section.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

 

Container garden update tomorrow

It is progressing along. Transplanted some tomato and peppers in containers which I redone. At least they have not turned yellow or orange yet. Peppers are up about 4 or 5 inches and tomatoes up about 6 or 7 inches, at least they are still green Cheers. Better than my squash in the old container setup which turned to sh!t after reaching a height of about 5 inches.

Will do a full rundown tomorrow. 

It is more of a hobby and challenge at this point.

OHHH, purchased five flower plants already started and put them in 10 inch 10 quart hanging containers for instant gratification. Green laugh Hung them up about five feet above the deck. Got flowers on them too.Big Grin


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

 

Something strange going on here

According to my tracking records ascending order the last time 09/17 when 0x6 hit ascending it hit as the 026 tracking ascending order.

The 0x6 tracking ascending order hit again tonight it hit as the 026 tracking ascending order again.

I have noticed this with some other numbers that have hit recently. Could be the front pair ascending, back pair ascending or in tonight's case the split pair ascending.

Maybe when I pick one of my ascending pairs ascending I should include the number that last hit with it.

 09/17 E 620  0*6______
 10/04 M 206  0*6______


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