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PillageUrVillage
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Note to self: always check Lowe’s before ordering online.



I was in Home Depot by my office the other day and they must’ve just stocked the seed rack. I should probably go raid (pillage?) that thing before it’s too late.
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bluemoons
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Mater seeds have mostly germinated. Peppers are working on it.


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Has anyone tried the Seed to Spoon app?

I am looking for an app to try and keep track of seed dates, progress, etc. and in my few minutes of looking around on the app store this looked like the best bet. Was just wondering if anyone had first hand knowledge of it (or any other app).


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Not I. I use the notes app on my phone to keep track of start dates, germination, fertilizing dates, etc.


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I should maybe try an app of some sort. I just use a calendar, graphing pad for notes and planning, and a crap ton of pdf’s printed off of the LSU AgCenter website.


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I used it a little last summer. It was nice to keep track of when seeds were planted and mark when they germinated. I will probably use it again this spring. Also was able to take pictures and upload them through the different stages of the plants.


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I’ll look at that app.

I mixed up a 5 gallon bucket of soil block mix the other day. Trying to figure out when I plant now without too many helpers messing it up.


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I’m mainly hoping to use it to keep track of various ways of starting seedlings and see what works best. So far a like it, especially being able to mark events like sprouting, transplanting, and harvest.


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This is the light I bought. They also have one that is 1.5' deep but it's the same output so I got this one.

Durolux light


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Anyone starting seed potatoes


I planted 16 each of Red Lasoda, Yukon Gold, and White Kennebec last weekend in 20 gallon grow bags and a few wicking pots. We still have a freezer full of potatoes from last season but I just can't help myself with planting potatoes. Doing english peas for the first time for some peas and potatoes this year.


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convertedtiger
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Pillage,

I bought this light as well for my hydroponic set up and it worked pretty well. I am going to do a side by side comparison with these and the big Durolux set to see how they do. They did well for squash indoors.

300w LED Grow Light


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PillageUrVillage
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This is the light I bought. They also have one that is 1.5' deep but it's the same output so I got this one


Added to my Amazon wish list.

Got my soil test results back. They’re telling me my soil pH is 7.7! Man, I’m having a hard time believing that. Last spring it was 6.5 pH. They’re recommending I add sulfur, but then my sulfur levels are high!

Is it possible for my pH to swing that much in a year?


eng08
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Did you get a clump of the lime you spread out in the sample?


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No, I’ve never added lime to my garden. Soil has been between 6.5 and 7 for a few years now. And my calcium levels are in the “very high” range.

ETA: I may wait about a month and send them another sample. Just to make sure. I’d hate to start pouring sulfur in the garden if it’s not necessary.
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I got all my seeds in the trays between yesterday and the day before.

I think I got a little carried away by starting the asparagus beans and cucumbers this early.

Oh well!

Hopefully before tax season starts up I can change some things with my box. I want to add a separate one for the beans and cucumbers and change the size of my other one. I went too wide and it’s hard to reach the middle. I have some left over fence pickets from rebuilding my fence from Laura so I’ll swap out the timber’s with those and make the bed skinnier and a tad deeper.

I think the boys would get a kick out of making a bean/cucumber teepee.

Image: https://ecoheartededucation.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/bean-teepee-full-of-kids1.jpg
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I like that teepee idea. I think my kids would like something like that, too. When the beans and cucumbers make it all the way up my cattle panel trellis, my kids love to play in the middle of it. They call it their house.

All of my tomatoes have sprouted. A few of my jalapeños have sprouted, but none of the rest of my peppers have. I suspect they won’t be long.

I decided to order some test strips from amazon to compare it to my pH test results from the soil lab. If it’s consistent, then at least I’ll have some way of monitoring it while I make adjustments.


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eng08
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Might do that at my MS place with gourds vs beans. I can’t get my kids to help pick beans normally and won’t be there enough to pick the beans.

I planted some birdhouse gourd plants in July and got like 5 or 6 decently sized ones. They are drying in my garage.

I’ve found 3 or 4 ft box widths are perfect size.


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Has anyone ever used a UV light for nighttime hornworm hunting? I just ordered one. Gonna give that a try this year. I bet my kids will get a kick out of it.


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Are you really going to go out and hunt hornworms at night??? I used to think you had a life, but now I am convinced I was wrong.


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ETA: Yes, I’m really going to do that. One of the things I enjoy doing with my children is going out at night and “hunting for frogs”. They really get a kick out it. And I used to love catching frogs when I was a kid. So I figured we’d add this to the list.

One of the big things I’m trying to do this year is find ways to get my kids more involved. They always want to help me out in the garden. I think they are old enough to start doing a lot more. In previous years I would kinda limit what I’d allow them to do cause they were just some bulls in a china shop. And their attention span was minimal. But I think they’re ready to really start participating.
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