Post by mightyspuds on Jun 21, 2016 6:47:47 GMT -8
My tree clones didnt make it,but my grapes and tomato clones going fine.
2 of 3 tomatoes in pots got knocked over,by dogs I recken.They spent night bent over at stem bases,YIKES!! All wilted and a major heat wave!
Put them on fence outside,tied stems upright to fence.Covered from umbrellas and all still alive and didnt lose any buds,so i might be ok.Dont know if stems will ever recover to be strong again,or if where they are now is where they stay,attached to fence,but they are OK so far.Almost lost 2/3rds of my potted,biggest plants,YIKES!!!!
First,the maters.Pretty wilted....attached to fence.....
Covered with a small umbrella,then added big one,intense sunlight right now,record temps,bad timing,eh? 3 days later.looking good,dodged a bullet I hope.This is best tomato plants ever,hate to be zapped a setback.
Some tomato clones and standing tall are grape clones.Would be nice to make for friends I think....
Koi say Hi!
Garlic rooted fast,about a week,already have cloves above water level
Explain to me again about the "clones". Did you graft them or what?
And why would the heat bother them in your hoop house?
Pretty simple,I just like on grapes take a cutting of woody part of plant and just stick it into aqua bed,and viole,it grows roots and takes off!
The tomatoes,take a sucker,the ones that grow at a 45 degree angle off mian stem,leave a few small leaves on it,stick into aqua bed and poof!,new roots,and new plants,a genetic clone of mother plants.they really grow well,as does basil.
I even stuck in a cutting from my night blooming jasmine last year,and its flowering,wow!
It hits 114F even with fan in greenhouse on hot days,that can fry cuttings.That said,the heat lovers like the peppers are loving it.
So another thing I learned,since Im not heating the water,some plants do much better initially in pots in greenhouse,like tomatoes,and seems clear peppers will be in same boat.Colder plants,like beans and lettuces,the cool beds are better for them.
I will have lots of updates,the bean growth is insane,and in the hot weather,the cool water lets them grow,very crazy stuff!The fava (flat beans) have flowers all over,crazy production,hope those flowers sprout beans as reliably as my snow peas are doing.
Post by mightyspuds on Jun 25, 2016 12:13:17 GMT -8
Making tomato clones.I cut out a sucker,the growth at the 45 degree angle
Then i trimmed off some leaves so the stem doesnt have to try and feed them.The lower stem end is cut at an angle to increase the exposure of stem to water,then stick it into the bed that is constantly wet,or moist as it is at night.
The small ones on right are from my smaller cherry tomato,I couldnt find more plants so made clones.The larger left is the new clone from the heirloom purple,my best maters this year
How are the tomatoes doing? The 2 in buckets outside all the time are at most half fence high and a distant 3rd in plants competition
The inside aquaponic plants are 2nd largest,and are really coming on now.I suspect they might catch up to the best toms
The plants in the bucket raised in greenhouse are the largest,4 are outdoors and 2 remain in hoophouse.They are a foot above fence
The fava broad beans are flowering like crazy
I tied up the mass of beans in bed one to see how they will do and to get an idea how much I can stuff into a bed.There has to be at least 75 plants there,assorted beans peas and a few tomatoes
Tomatillo,its like a green tomato for salsa and Mexican dishes,flowering well too,I have high hopes for these as they naturally are big producers,grow like a weed in Mexico.
The garlic experiment,looking good.Think they can make a head of garlic?Bulbs are firm,and roots in water level in bed
Post by mightyspuds on Jul 6, 2016 20:43:47 GMT -8
Really taking off.Here is beds 1 and 2
This is the year of the clones.Tomato and grapes have been proven to work,here is a potted plant,a bean top,and three various size cuttings from the tomatillo,also another tomato experimental on how to prepare roots.
On to bed 2...the fly problem has really been knocked out.Second batch of lady bugs have about finished them off.Under control.This is Freddie,the last mantis.Either the others escaped,died or Freddie is a serial murderer,not sure which
San Marzano Roma babies in 2,and heirlooms on other end
Potted tomatoes,marzano and heirlooms in pot
Sweet 100 going crazy
In bed 4...
Garlic experiment working so far,bulbs are growing
Our other garlics,rather small,eh?
3 tomatoes,laid on sides and heading into bed three
Had to pull tomatillos from above bed 4,too hot,arent pollinating,they too are growing sideways into bed three.
The peppers are growth spurting right now,babies forming
Post by mightyspuds on Sept 12, 2016 18:23:02 GMT -8
Well I just finally have something to report....
First,we have 3 preying mantis's!
Fish say hi,doing well
Grew a beet and a couple turnips in aquaponics,who would have thought that?They need an earlier start though,maybe overwinter them?
Finally the tomatillos.All they did was flower for 2 months,FINALLY put out female flowers and POOF,its making lanterns.Thats where the tomatillo forms,they look like green tomatoes,used in salsa and Mexican green sauce for enchiladas and such.Have 4 plants that grew really well.
Post by mightyspuds on Mar 1, 2017 16:33:02 GMT -8
Well,its middle of winter but something nice is happening with the Garlic.I start them in the bed just touching the water.As the roots grow Ive been pulling up the plants,exposing the roots and keeping the bulbs out of the water so they dont rot.Trying some in little buckets too,doesnt seem to make much difference.Hey,I may have found the secret to aquaponic Garlics.
Post by mightyspuds on Mar 9, 2017 13:36:53 GMT -8
Stuck a cloves worth of garlics in water and a week later they have up to 3 inch sprouts on em.They are going into the aqua beds,Im going to start a lot more I think.Going to pick up some elephant garlics at store too.I think this years beds will be mostly garlics and salads/celery,stuff that likes colder temps.
The spices i will plant in pots above the rocks so they stay warmer and less water logging.Seems a lot of spices dont like wet feet.Rosemary for one.
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