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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

Post by DrkAngel » Aug 24 2019 11:17am

INDEX

Split Tomatoes

Mildew

Garden Pests

Soil Additives

De-Chlorinating City Water

2019 Week -4

Family Beds Rebuild

Pantry Beds Prep

2019 Growing Season - Week 0

Tomatoes and the interminable Bacterial Wilt

41.6oz Homegrown Tomato

... Greenhouse Progress


Got 250 gallon rainwater cube painted.
Raised 2 more bed to 2 block 16".
Right bed - will add mulch and topsoil as Green Onions removed, slated to receive Pepper plant transplants this Fall.
Left bed - Harvest Green Onions and fill around Tomato stems as they grow.
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Love this plant!
Hundreds of Cherry Tomatoes growing, with more flowers every day.
Pruning might keep it producing well towards Winter.
Pruning to reduce length of vines and ensure soil resources for entire plant.
Hanging seems designed for Cherry Tomatoes, compared to normal or Beefsteak size, other types look feeble and stunted with few Tomatoes ... tasty though.
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Remaining 2 low beds will be raised after Lettuce and Radishes are harvested. Likely will be replanted with frost resistant crops, Radishes, Green Onions, more Lettuce etc.
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Post by spinningmagnets » Aug 24 2019 11:28am

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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

Post by DrkAngel » Aug 27 2019 12:48am

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Greenhouse Progress

Greenhouse pretty much finished, installed the vents and "properly" fastened down the ends.

Major finish job will be running the experimental rain gutters, then piping into the water tank, the battery - pumps - and soaker hosing.

2 more beds to raise another block and mulch-topsoil fill. Then transplant a fair percentage of the Pepper beds, before the cold weather arrives.
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Added AM\FM radio (boombox) w/cassette and CD player (will make CD of Ocean Beach sounds for December Beach party - sand too), 13.5" Thermometer, a clock
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Radishes and Green Onions about ready to harvest, will then raise, fill and prep remaining beds.

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Post by DrkAngel » Aug 27 2019 8:52am

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Septoria Leaf Spot

The bane of our Tomatoes ...
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Finally found the culprit! ?
Serenade Garden Disease Control Biofungicide variously listed as best "solution", "better than Neem Oil".
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Post by DrkAngel » Sep 07 2019 7:52am

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Week 15 - 2019

Harvested about 120lb of Tomatoes this week, plenty left, still ripening. Less than our banner 160lb week last year, but with only 66% the beds.

However, we still have plenty of Tomatoes ripening and ... 4 beds - 48 plants, in the greenhouse, still populating for harvest beginning ... next month?

Harvested out 2 Eggplant, might have picked them late, could be tough with hard seeds. Will adapt and pay closer attention, "ripe when skin slowly rebounds from finger pressure" .


Lots of collapses from broken twine and poorly securing bottom of steel cables. Improved methods being implemented in greenhouse.
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Peppers getting "ripe".
Yes, that is red, in lower right.
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2nd string suffered similar collapses and disease. Larger "Beefsteak" section.
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Cherry Tomatoes, kept alive and transplanted 5 weeks ago, getting it's 1st red Tomato.
6 Plants, wrapped up steel cables.
Seem totally disease free. Applied 1st dose of 4oz/gallon Serenade biofungicide last week. Will supplement with weekly, maintenance 2oz/gallon application.
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Post by DrkAngel » Sep 07 2019 8:06am

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Greenhouse Progress

Added large thermometer and clock.
Tomatoes doing great. Bought 2 x 4 x 8's to rip into taller stakes, 8 from each = 24, with several shorter due to knots. Will use short pieces to tie down plastic coated steel cables.
Half of Tomatoes wrap around hanging cables and half are staked.
Will transfer several 4' stakes to remaining unstaked plants, Tomatoes and Peppers.

Radishes ready for harvest, Lettuce needs another couple weeks.

J-Channel gutters installed and drain pipe w/fittings acquired. Plan to have rainwater catchment installed this weekend ... possibly irrigation system also,. then need to wait on rain ... to fill the water cube. When enough water acquired, will be able to switch from daily light watering to twice, or thrice, weekly deeper soakings.


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Hanging Cherry Tomato seems a never ending source of small super concentrated Tomato sweetness. Daily watering is effective at preventing splits!
Will cut back on Calcium in watering, produces tough skin.

Daily produces several treats, every visitor gets a taste! Still producing more flowers every day!
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Tied down coated steel cables by drilling 2 holes in stake, threading cable and pulling tight. Test pulling proves effective and strong!

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Hoping to get Solar Panels to power:
water pumps;
lights;
fans.
Water pumps for irrigation.
Will need lights to provoke flowering after daylight shortens.
Fans to keep cool during Summer months.
Hoping to keep greenhouse operational towards Winter.

Update - 3 100w solar panels ordered from HomeDepot. $97 each with charge controller. Unsure if Lithium capable, might have to incorporate capable-compatible BMS?
Testing 2 old 50Ah SLA, (65% and 35% capacity on last test, running desulfator now), but will likely build large 3s LiPo for storage, might be able to produce enough warmth to fend off early freezes?


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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

Post by DrkAngel » Sep 10 2019 4:07am

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Greenhouse Progress - Rainwater collected

Rainwater "collecting"

Got some tall stakes in, just in time, left rear.
Harvesting Radishes, bottom left.
Drying Herbs, lower right.
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South side water collection
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Rain water consolidation on Northern side
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Through the wall into "cube".

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Water flowing into tank. - 1 ½" PVC pipe
Paint can and 2 x 4 as temporary supports
Variety of 12V water pumps tested.
¾ PVC is support for attached mini submersible pump, outlet through thin opaque tubing.
Black pump, on left outputs 4 gallon per minute. May use to fill sprinkler cans?
White pump is 3 gallon per minute 50psi, for soaker hoses. 7 minutes for daily water or 15 minutes every 2 days?
Will need digital 12V Timer for precise, scheduled-timed delivery.
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Thin opaque tubing attached to mini pump with inadequate flow, will remove pump but keep as water level gauge.
Need floating , colored, bead to better indicate water level in opaque tube.
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Will run Irrigation line on blocks along outer wall and T into J soaker hose for each bed.
Tomatoes in farthest bed, Peppers closer, Eggplant closest and Peas climbing fence below plastic. Still need to fill and plant in some block holes.
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Still need to run the irrigation lines, mount batteries, (will start with 2 x 50Ah SLA), and install Solar panels (coming Thursday).

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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

Post by DrkAngel » Sep 10 2019 6:59am

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Sunflowererer!

Counted 36 blooms with dozens more buds.
Near 12' !
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Yes, a flower within a flower!
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Will be saving seeds!!!

Yellow Marigold - large bush type
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Orange Marigild - large bush type
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French Marigold - small bush type
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

Post by DrkAngel » Sep 15 2019 2:40am

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Rainwater

Gonna need a large overflow on 250 gallon water tank!
Figured up rainfall volume:
21' x 36' = 756 sq/ft 1/12 (1") of rain = 63 cubic feet of water
Cubic foot = ~ 7.5 gallons or 470+ gallons per 1" of rainfall
That's NEARLY 2 full cubes of water from a fairly decent little rainstorm.

Present usage for 11 beds is ~150 gallons`per week, which will reduce as weather cools for, possibly, 2 weeks supply per full tank. Tis rare for us to have 2 weeks without multiple rain showers!

PS. Found my "brick chisel" and cut cement blocks in half to complete 2 block high wall on Southern wall for running irrigation soaker hoses. Northern beds have 16" paths between beds while Southern beds were spaced with 24" paths.
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Post by DrkAngel » Sep 15 2019 10:33am

Looking for advice on filling a raised bed, 4 beds still need filling from 8" status to 16".
Lettuce crop nearing harvest time so 3 beds available for enlargement very soon, delay on last with Cherry Tomatoes growing.

Specifically, mix and composition of fresh topsoil - composted leaves (from last Fall) - partially composted vegetable mater.
Received several truck loads of leaves last Fall and a continuous supply of overripe vegetable matter twice weekly.
Still trying to get transportation for aged horse manure ...

Present method is for 16" deep bed.
7" topsoil furrowed and add several inches of combined composted leaves and veggie mater.
Add worms. (Collecting free range worms, but looking into dedicated worm bed or shredded cardboard in plastic tub production method.)
Fill to top with mix of crumbled leaves and fresh topsoil.

Alternate method might include large furrow of compost to encourage worm growth and Winter survival. Composted-composting mass can generate some warmth for months.

Any better ideas with present available resources?
Yes, seeking Horse manure transport ... desperately!
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Post by DrkAngel » Sep 18 2019 9:02am

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Greenhouse Progress

Some Tomatoes reaching the cross members.
Will need stepladder to reach some Tomatoes!
Harvested the 1st Peppers, Radishes, Lettuce, Eggplants and Cherry Tomatoes.

Several full size Tomatoes, but from large potted transplants.
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North wall has continuous 2 block high outer wall as path for irrigation hose run.
Peas growing from block holes up fence.
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South wall now has 2 block height continuous run for irrigation line.
Yes, some big ripe Tomatoes but from potted plants, not cut suckers.

Will fill with topsoil and plant ... Radishes?
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Recycled a pair of 50Ah deep cycle batteries. 1 tested at 36Ah the other at 18Ah.
Been setting most of Summer with BatteryMinder de-sulfator, so likely in improved condition.
Will be used as buffer and storage for 3 x 100w solar panels.
... to power fans, water pump and lights.
Lights are the only function that will actually task their storage function.
Fans only needed during direct Sunlight and pump rated at 50w and used once per "day".
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Translucent (white) tube is for water level indicator and blue hose to fill sprinkler cans.
Hoping to get irrigation system run this weekend.

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Can fill 1 "empty" bed with topsoil "mix", Onions never did good in Summer-greenhouse heat! Might try again in Fall.
Looking to harvest out Lettuce over the next few weeks and raise 2 more beds. Planning on filling with transplanted Pepper plants. Specifically Small colored Sweet Peppers, but as a bonus ... there are several Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers growing in single height block holes. Will transplant entire blocks onto single height beds in greenhouse to continue growth with fresh new rooting room. Same with some Basil and Oregano blocks. Maybe some Marigolds, if I can trim them back a bit.

Can likely keep Summer crops producing well into Fall, with frost resistant, into Winter.

Contemplating Charcoal "Barbecue" for warmth on severe cold nights? No humans till Carbon Monoxide dissipates, next day.

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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Sep 19 2019 9:40am

Greenhouse Growth from August 3 planting.
To September 17 = 6 weeks
- watered by hand, daily, since roof installed.

"Planted lots of Onions, radishes and Lettuce. Transplanted in several Pepper plant including 2 excellent Habanero, been 3 days and seem to be adapting nicely.
4 beds planted with Tomato seedlings, most from sucker cuttings, all doing very well! tying some up to the framework.

A few Herbs and some Eggplants ... wanted to try some."
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Some Tomatoes reaching the cross members.
Harvested the 1st Peppers, Green Onions, Radishes, Lettuce, Eggplants, Peas and Cherry Tomatoes.

From Aug 3 plantings have harvested several Cherry 100 and a few Yellow Dwarf Tomatoes, several Eggplant, pounds and pounds of Radishes and just starting on the Lettuce and Peas..
Several full size Tomatoes, but from large potted transplants, Piles of Hot and Sweet Peppers - transplanted Aug 3.
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Now this is what I consider a 2nd Season crop. Buttoning up greenhouse should insure full maturity before the cold overwhelms. Water tank and mass of Cement blocks should heatsink for warming nights.

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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Sep 20 2019 5:29am

Coming up on 50% chance of 1st frost date!
Nearing the end of our growing Season ... NOT!
Supposed to be in the 80's this weekend with lows in the 60's.

Love the Weather Channel 10 day forecast, it shows 14(!?) days with lows only dropping into the 50's. So still have time to prep remaining greenhouse beds and transplant Pepper plants inside. Will carefully inspect for any sign of disease!
Will try, again, to transplant some Peppers into 5 gallon pails for relocation into greenhouse and eventually into lighted basement for stunting, then Resurrection for Spring production. (Let Habanero plants succumb to aphids and neglect last Winter.)
Expecting another 4! > 6 > 8? weeks of greenhouse production. Anticipating ripe large Tomatoes within 4 weeks, Cherry Tomatoes ripening for a week now.

Might try last outside planting of Radishes and Green Onions. Harvested "Onion sets" growing from Onion flower stalks and soaking to promote root growth, will plant this weekend along with some Radishes. Same "mutant" Onions sprouted another set of fresh "leaves" and look to be proper Green Onions ... again? Just need to peel them out of old carcasses.
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Post by tomjasz » Sep 20 2019 11:49am

As a retired horticulturalist I look forward to each post. Great fun watching this garden evolve.
Thanks for taking the time to share!
Thanks Justin_le we're here thanks to you. All the best to the mods for their tireless work keeping it on an even keel.

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Post by DrkAngel » Sep 22 2019 1:26am

Greens were looking a little pale ...
so I dosed everything with some MiricleGro.
Whether the cooler weather or the fertilizer, everything looks a richer green now, especially the Lettuce.
Normally I would not put such a Nitrogen rich fertilizer on Tomatoes (24-8-16), but they are already heavily set with fruit (Nitrogen promotes green growth at the expense of flowering-fruiting).

Having a "Family section" party tomorrow. Discussing joys and sorrows and making plans for next year.
Little picnic also, have lots of Lettuce, Sweet Onions and Tomatoes for Salad. I'm harvesting Swiss Chard, Celery, Zucchini Spears for dipping in Bison French Onion Dip ... bought Baby Carrots, lazy I guess ... OK, will harvest and clean some Carrots from garden.
Experimenting with short "spears" to eliminate the need for "double dipping" ... mostly ladies attending ... you know how they can be ... !
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Post by e-beach » Sep 22 2019 8:32pm

This from the National Gardening Association Tomatoes Book Copyright 1985. I haven't tasted it yet but the tomatoes are in the refrigerator coated with sugar. They will be cooked tomorrow afternoon and will be tasted Tuesday.
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Edit: Truly an assume recipe! Spicy and tasty. It could be adjusted up to 25% more tomatoes. And if you are sensitive to spice, maybe 25% less ginger.

It is incredible on crackers and toast. It could work as a garnish for pork chops, or a white fish, and maybe salmon. Or as a garnish on top of the bananas on the top of the oat meal.

I highly recommend this recipe.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Sep 24 2019 10:33am

We're having a dry spell been nearly 2 weeks without any rain, till yesterday, cube getting low. Looks like my greenhouse estimate of 1" rainfall = 500 gallons was fairly accurate, close as I could determine in our cheapo rain gauge, we got 1/10th inch which did accumulate 50 gallons in "cube".
Of course a heavy rain will not directly accumulate as readily, the J-Channel "gutters" run for 36' and are only 5/8 x 5/8", so much of any heavy rain will fill and overflow, wasting a goodly percentage.

Greenhouse Cherry Tomatoes really benefit from the consistent watering and added supplements, resulting in consistent size, wonderful flavor and no splitting. Our 1st large Tomatoes are getting some color. All Tomato plants are doing nicely, some Cherries are climbing into the rafters.
I did let some plants develop a second branch (sucker) and am hoping for enhanced production, with proper supplement feeding.
Some of the large stemmed plants, I let split near the 2' mark, while others, I left a sucker near ground level and covered with dirt for additional rooting along stem, then curved up onto additional stake. 8" stakes and plastic coated cable are working nicely but might get overgrown, might want a net or trellis above rafter cross members to support Cherry Tomatoes, possibly cables run horizontally and tie vines to, with fruit hanging.
Based on Tomato plant growth I couldn't recommend transplanting Tomatoes into green house any earlier than the 1st of August - upstate NY. Rafters are at 8', about 7'+ vine growth with 16" raised beds (15" block height with soil settled about 3"). Though, remember, plants were grown form medium to large rooted suckers of excellent vigor. Hoping for a full month plus of growing season, after the 1st killing frost - outside.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Sep 25 2019 12:17pm

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Greenhouse progress - week 7

Some Tomatoes over the 8' rafters
Cables and stakes holding up to decent weight.
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Been harvesting Cherries for a couple weeks but finally getting color on "real" Tomatoes
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Cut the Basil bush back a couple weeks ago added more topsoil and stunted Tomato started growing!
Basil regrew too ...
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Yellow Tomatoes ripening? Not sure how yellow they are supposed to get.
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Medium small starting to ripen
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Waiting on the nice big Beefsteak.
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Eggplant doing great!
Ladybugs ordered and awaiting. Neem oil partially effective on Aphids.
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Some Lettuce doing great, some bolting early ... too much heat?
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Habanero hot spot!
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Sweet!
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Trying to grow Stevia from cuttings - 1 week.
Half with rooting hormone.
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Garden Tomatoes are finished, except for Cherry.
Getting anxious to harvest out Lettuce so I can raise beds and prep for Pepper transplanting.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Oct 01 2019 12:44pm

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Greenhouse Progress - week 8


Boxed up some Marigold "bushes", were growing in 6 x 6 x 8" block holes.
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Everything growing great!
Finally got some rain +120 gallons.
Oh, and released about 500 Lady Bugs ... caght some in "compromising position" already. :oops:
(Lady Bugs introduced to combat Aphid infestation on Eggplants.)
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East Solar panel, buffered with 1 old "50Ah" SLA running lights and 1 fan."Hinged" on frame member and chained to South wall. Chain through eye hook to S hooks to allow easy angle change for best seasonal profile to Sun.
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Basil Bush grew some legs after the haircut.
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"Mortgage Lifter" Beefsteak ripen to a dull pink.
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West Solar panel, buffered through another old "50Ah" SLA, for running irrigation pump and 2nd fan.
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Incredible cloud of Tomato blossoms produce ...
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... piles of small grape-like yellow Tomatoes.
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Danger of frost! Pulled Lettuce, rejuvenated soil, transferring 1 block high herb, Peppers, flowers as 2nd tier walls.
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Most every plant has ripe or near ripe Tomatoes.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Oct 05 2019 6:21pm

Well, we had a "limited" frost ... it took out all the pumpkin leaves, but I didn't notice any other damage.
Didn't move the Pepper plants but securely covered them and will leave them all snug and toasty till the next expected rain, hmm ... tomorrow pm.
Plastic cover is fastened on one side and only weighted on the other, so easy to cover-uncover.

Was about 40, when I checked in this morning, about 75 inside the greenhouse (Big Smile)
To do - must install coat rack inside greenhouse door.

Got full lights in greenhouse, Ladybugs look happy and several bumblebees look to have taken up permanent residence, sleep on the flowers. A small Toad climbed in with a Stevea cutting and seems unwilling to vacate.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Oct 12 2019 2:59am

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Greenhouse Progress - week 9

Prepping for Fall > Winter ... 1st heavy frost expected
Prepped additional beds for transplanting some Peppers, Herbs etc.
Will "seal up" vents and Southern side, leave Northern side and storm door screen as optional ventilation till Winter

All beds built up and filled, except lower right with, still good, lettuce.

Tomatoes are scraping the roof, some at 8'+ above bed.
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Bed bordered with "stolen" blocks, and plants, from Pantry and Family beds.
"Stealing" more Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary and Celery today, Pepper plant transplants also!
There seems to be a contingent of happily resident Bumble Bees, they sleep snuggled into flowers, (blossoming Basil seems to be their favorite) then wake up and pollinate during the day.
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Nother bed filled up, lots of mulch and topsoil.

Bonus!
Pulled up some really gigantic worms with the composted leaves etc., about 10" long and 3/8" diameter, while contracted.

Yeah, I crushed up some old Tomatoes and old Salad mix and mixed into soil to promote propagation.
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Basil-mato Monster.
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Solar charging and irrigation timer, mounted up. Everything running on 12V, except for fan, through inverter, (looking to build panels of 12V 120mm computer fans)
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Irrigation pump mounted and tested. Water run to both sides, just need to lay down soaker hoses.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Oct 22 2019 10:54pm

Tomatoes are being plagued by cracks and splits. At 1st I blamed it on extreme heat when venting not opened soon enough, but problem persists. Most blame on irregular watering but I have watered nearly identical amounts every day.

Calcium-Epsom Salts mix added to water every couple weeks.

Best I can reason is that the topsoil has insufficient organic matter to properly retain moisture or ...
not watering deeply enough on a less regular basis to promote deep root growth?

Suggestions?
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by e-beach » Oct 22 2019 11:26pm

Tomatoes split when they get too much water. Also, too much water depletes the full flavor of the ripened fruit. Consistent watering is good until the color starts to appear in the fruit. Then, water should be reduced to obtain the most sugars aka, flavor. It will also reduce and/or eliminate the cracking problem. I have found bigger tomatoes more prone to cracking. I like to vine ripen my tomatoes but that brings in all kinds of other problems from cracking to birds to bugs. Sometimes letting the early ones on the lower branches ripen well but not completely before picking them gives an early harvest. Then picking the upper fruit while still half green and letting the upper fruit go fully with almost no water to the plant. Towards the end of the season I just stop watering all together and if the plant dies, the fruit will still ripen. Any greenish fruit can be placed into a paper bag so the naturally occurring ethylene will help ripen them.

Perhaps a consistent watering plan that starts with ample water until the plant starts to fruit, then a less water as the fruit grows, then even less as the fruit ripens some only to cut the water off altogether when fruit is pick-able.

As for tomatoes, I got about 30lbs this year, that from about a 10 foot by 8 foot space.

As for calcium, I only use it at the beginning of the season when I plant the seedlings. I save egg shells over the year, sun dry them and when I plant my seedlings I take 1/2 of an egg shell and crush it into small pieces into the hole I have dug for the tomato seedling. I also add a palm full of worm casting to the hole before I plant the seedling. It seems to be enough to stave off all blossom end rot. I haven't had any in 8 years since starting that process. One half of an egg shell per plant works well.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Oct 23 2019 12:26am

In high tunnel ...
Thanks, now that the Summer Sun-heat has moderated, I will reduce watering to alternate day = 50%.
Except for the transplants, moved 16 Pepper plants inside and made bed room for about another dozen. Selected, mostly, small sweet Peppers with lots of unripe fruits, but a few Red, Orange and Yellow large Bells with lots of fruits. Possibly another few weeks of safety inside the High Tunnel, Buttoning it up, covered upper vents with plastic and tape, will seal down one side with drywall screws through heavy rope. Similar to other side after weather forecasts warrant. Will still have moderate ventilation via storm door or storm door screen, have 20" fan to expedite cooling. - Received the 2 thermostatically controlled relays for 12V fans - (2 - 3x4 panels of 120mm computer fans, planned for Summer ventilation).

Stevia cuttings seem to have rooted nicely, with and without rooting hormone, but going to flower. Just found out they need 14 hours of light to prevent flowering. Will move some into grow tent and take some home to keep my Aloe Vera forest company for 14+ hours lighting. Will also borrow a few LadyBugs, in case Aphids might be a problem.

Bonus: will post pictures of a couple Monster Radishes! for Halloween.

PS Harvested 300lb of large Tomatoes and 30lb of Cherry Tomatoes from 50' of 4' wide beds.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Oct 24 2019 7:20am

1 week till 1st forecasted freeze! + Snow
Found some more Dill, still alive.
Thought about bringing some Strawberry plants inside, but pollination might be a problem.
Have 1 more new 4'x8' bed for Peppers. Still nursing some dozen transplants into their new home.
Recent bed prep included a generous deep bed of leaf mulch and new topsoil, covered with composted leaf-veggie mulch, coffee grounds and various earthworms, some babies and some gigantic mothers.

Pollination - while I have manually pollinated in the past, and anticipating December as last sustainable growth period, I may forego any attempts. Present Tomatoes and Peppers will take several weeks to fully ripen and further fruiting might stunt their size and ripening? Except for that glorious hanging Cherry Tomato - which might find its way home with me before freeze overtakes it!
Will likely cut up the head of the Basil-mato Monster into a dozen potted Basil plants, for selective distribution.
Will de-flower Stevia starters and supplement light to promote leaf growth. Will likely move into the Grow Tower, which is prepped for warmth and timed light.
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