With the right bulbs yes. You want 5000k or better bulbs. Mine all have 6500k bulbs in them. Also you want T5 HO fixtures for the most light intensity. LED lights work just as well if not better in some cases, but I prefer the heat the fluorescent bulbs put out to keep my grow tent warm. When I got up this morning it was 30 degrees outside. My shop was at 56 degrees and the tent (which is in the shop) was at 75.So you're saying Florescent bulbs put out the right light for plants?
Good Heavens! 150 Pepper plants? How Big is your garden? I usually put out 4 store bought plants and that's more than I can use.We potted up tomatoes and a few peppers from 4 cell packs to 4 inch nursery pots. 12 fit on one tray and I believe we have 14 trays. These trays sit in our south west facing sun room and get no additional heat or light. The soil is 100% compost made from leaves, kitchen waste and recycled garden plants. We run it through rat wire stapled to a 2 x 4 frame to get rid of the lumps. Here's a pictorial walk through of the process. We still have about 150 pepper plants but these likely will not get potted up and will go right to the garden from their 4 cell packs. Tomatoes are Better Boy, Opalka roma, Amish Paste roma, Matt's Wild Cherry, Sun Gold cherry, Brandywine OTV and Italian Heirloom.
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Lights look almost new. Nice save. It's amazing what companies throw away to save money.Almost there. I’ll add a few more (6) hatch chiles and some Nardellos (3) in 2 gal bags within the next week.... Oh and some more petunias but they will be in the little plastic containers for giving away or selling.
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Last of the reapers. The one on the left will go to a guy at work tomorrow. The one on the right is putting in work despite the small pot so it’s a keeper.
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one of the TamiG tomatoes
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One of the lights I got from work. There were pallets of them and they were just going to throw them away. Most were five bulb but a select few were six bulb like this one.
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Just was figuring out my plant order. Looks like 7-800 peppers (mostly bell) and about 150 tomatoes. I grow to sell at local produce auction and for a few people that can an freeze. Prolly about 5 acres of sweet corn.Good Heavens! 150 Pepper plants? How Big is your garden? I usually put out 4 store bought plants and that's more than I can use.
Good Heavens! 150 Pepper plants? How Big is your garden? I usually put out 4 store bought plants and that's more than I can use.
Steve how do you control the Raccoon in that 5 acre ?Just was figuring out my plant order. Looks like 7-800 peppers (mostly bell) and about 150 tomatoes. I grow to sell at local produce auction and for a few people that can an freeze. Prolly about 5 acres of sweet corn.
hi jgg - know what you mean. freeze here did me in. but leeks and onions recovering. covered tomatoes still ripening. and my mobile nursery is showing some green fuzz... other day. first brussel. not got spinach, some carrots, bok choy... too late in season for some... just wanted to plant some seeds. lol good luck with your new garden.Reading all these posts is making me really excited to get some seeds in the ground! Sadly that won't be for a few weeks yet; I am looking forward to the 2021 growing season. Last year was the first year with a new garden site on a new property, and it was a struggle. But I got it cleaned up last fall and worked in some fertilizer so hopefully that is a good first step. Also got some garlic planted last fall, hopefully it survives the winter. And I have strawberry plants on order for this spring; I've been without my strawberry bed for too long.
good stuff. we make it on-going. brussels for dinner other nite, cutting off to the compost bin. prob have upwards of couple hundred gallons of the stuff...Add more fertilizer this spring too! --IF you can get your hands on some compost, tree leaves, manure, etc. that would help a bunch too.
We might try garlic this fall ----been wanting to for several years but never get it done.
Strawberries are addictive!!! --- we have a small patch. Last year the flowers got froze by late freeze and only got 6 quarts, late from them. No fruit at all last year---hope for better year this time.
yeah - i think the days of the 99-cent set pack of 6 are gone. unless one pots up their own... Bonney at L's... $3.99 ea etcYeah the Covid panic definitely put a dent in the seed and germination market last year. Heck it put a dent in just about anything related to gardening in general so I guess that’s why they are trying to get ahead of things this year. I can’t remember ever seeing seeds and germination supplies on the shelves on Jan 1. I also noticed the price of seeds has jumped about a dollar per pack or more in some instances.
get lots of ash, have, but don't as a rule... bag and trash out!We use ash all the time in the garden, mixed in with the compost. Usually let the mixture set with other soils etc thru the winter to get the pH balanced out. I've got several experimental areas going where ash is spread/mixed in.
Along with the garden, I have (2) 5-gallon buckets (with lids) filled with ash that stay in our vehicles for when vehicles get stuck when icy conditions are present. Haven't found anything that works better.
Don't have much problem with coons. Deer are my biggest problem. One year I thought I had coons and took nightly rides with the 12 gauge. Shot 8 skunks that summer and there were 8 more hit on the road by my place. Best thing for coons is to use box traps with cat food bait. Start trapping early and remove the local population before your corn is ready.Steve how do you control the Raccoon in that 5 acre ?
petunias look great!Jimmy Nardellos are popping
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The wife loves petunias so one thing I do every year is hanging baskets for the house, a couple of large planters out front and a couple more on the back patio. These are the largest growing petunias you can get, commonly referred to as Tidal Wave. The growth and the flowers these suckers put out is prolific! One plant will fill a hanging basket and then some.
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interesting! on the PBS Mars docu other nite they had a bit on how C, O and CO2 etc... as Mars atmosphere, thin as it is, is a lot carbon dioxide. so the NASA crowd has a device that is supposed to break down the CO2 into O so the O being lonely can find another O and then create O2 as in air ~ ingenious, imo!!
i have florescent and agri-grow 48". i dont use the agri-grow... just got so much sunshine down here... usually. during the freeze last week i had some herbs sitting under small florescent 24/7 all day/night long. 3 days i ran it all the time. they seemed to love it, flourished...So you're saying Florescent bulbs put out the right light for plants?
i plan to do some of that, too. usually plant in my garden's soil. but i have had some remarkable performance in plants in pot of compost only. compost we made here. so want to try some i put in my mobile nursery and when they get a bit bigger pot them up in compost. for example... usually run a row of carrots in fall. get plenty tasty carrots, too. but thinking less could be more. so for example, will pot up carrot seeds, then once lil baby carrots... pot them in the compost... 4 or 5 maybe to a pot.They will spend their entire life in a pot because I plan to keep them over the next winter. It’s hard to get a good harvest in the first year because they develop so slowly. Peppers and Chiles that are going in the ground get put in 2 or 3 gallon plastic grow bags and yes they take right off after going in the ground.