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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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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

Post by spinningmagnets » Aug 24 2019 11:28am

I used to treat water for about six years. If you want to burn off any city chlorine in the municipal water, just add iron / steel filings. Some well water has dissolved iron in the water naturally, and we push air through the water as the first treatment, so that any natural iron in the water will solidify as rust flakes and "fall out" of the water. We do this first so that the iron is as dropped out as possible BEFORE we add chlorine.....which cost serious money.

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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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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

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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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

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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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

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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A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There, shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely, sobers us again.

I enjoy enlightening ... and enlivening the spirit of the innovators.

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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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A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There, shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely, sobers us again.

I enjoy enlightening ... and enlivening the spirit of the innovators.

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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks!

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!
A little learning is a dangerous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There, shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely, sobers us again.

I enjoy enlightening ... and enlivening the spirit of the innovators.

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