Calli's Conundrums

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    Mohican Well-Known Member

    Hahaha! No, it is too keep the rats, squirrels, raccacoons, possums, birds, cats, coyotes... out of my veggies and fruits. I didn't get to eat a single peach this year because of the animals.
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    calliandra Well-Known Member

    Greetings from the garden!

    soilified patch
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    The roses are being dwarfed by the lovely dark red hollyhock that came up between them last year.
    Still resisting fungal pressures btw :)
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    The two bean plants that made it, and the muscade pumpkin exploding in growth
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    again, with tomatoes and waay in back to the left of it, the lovage in bloom
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    All the calendula, borage, and tree spinach is self-seeded and selectively weeded, to then be successively chopped and dropped. Been making spinach dumplings to clear the paths haha
    But am having problems extracting any of that green matter from the system for the next compost :rolleyes:

    Cheers and peace! :bigjoint:
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2017

    iHearAll Well-Known Member

    Hey cali do you a journal for your auto?
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    Tim Fox

    Tim Fox Well-Known Member

    wow i would pay money to tour such a pretty garden

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    Nope I didn't, she was more of a sideshow, as are her successors - I had to start them in small pots as my new soil
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    wasn't done yet, so they're quite stunted from uppotting - but trying - at 3 weeks:
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    Another round of automatics - Skylar White left and another Pineapple Express right, in 10L and 15L respectively - the SW in the previous PE'S soil, topdressed with some VC (and will be getting more of that).
    I'm going to be feeding them some comfrey juice, perhaps another SST, and such to get them going. Now they're established maybe they can catch up on their reticent growth ;)

    Doubling back,
    I did want to share that soil mix, a hillbilly version of the recipes using all those exquisite ingredients:

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    • 10L Coco coir

    • 10L Compost:
      2,5L VC (VC2 + Chilloutzone VC, both w/added oats for fungal growth)
      4L each of 2 batches of externally sourced compost (not very good quality)

    • 10L Aeration:
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      from bottom up:
      1,5L grain hulls
      1,5L buckwheat hulls
      1L crushed pottery shards
      1L sand
      1L lavarock 1-2cm diameters
      ---> 3L comfrey smoothie (=juice+plant matter left in) + water run through all to soak
      3L biochar
      ----> soaked with 500ml diluted urine(100ml) + 1L comfrey smoothie
      1L perlite
      0,3L pistacchio shells
    • Amendments:
      250ml kelp soaked in water
      fresh alfalfa & borage, chopped, in intuitive amounts
      egg shells
    It got bagged into a fabric pot and covered with dried lemon balm. Fuzzed up really nicely within a day or so:
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    I checked on the fungi, they're beneficial ones:
    I think this was at 100x, forgot to mark the pix :rolleyes:
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    Very wide and even diameters, nice color, and septae, yes, far apart, but they're there

    and check out the goo on this hypha's surface - there's this mechanism by which fungi bind nutes to oxalates to keep them from leaching, either (not sure of anything these days! :shock: ) this could be some of that - though usually I see them as crystals... or ti could be digestive enzymes the fungus puts out to process nutes from the environment... 2017-07-14_soilmix-lemonbalmfuzz (4).jpg

    In any case, the soil sat for 10 days, after which none of the fresh ingredients were visible to the eye and it had a lovely earthy woodsy smell.
    The plants are liking it, the PE is in that soil & the other part of it got used for a brandywine cherry that had decided to self-sprout in a pot on my deck a few weeks ago
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    Cheers! :bigjoint:
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2017
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    calliandra Well-Known Member

    Aw thanks! It is quite a magical place, I often get lost in there haha :D

    mattyblade1 Well-Known Member

    From in door to out door Cali
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    Mohican Well-Known Member

    Awesome pictorial tour through your process. Absolutely beautiful :weed:
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    ShLUbY Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the stunning photos ;) i have a couple weeks off school comin up, and will be updating! Catch you soon!
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    calliandra Well-Known Member

    haha yeah, though with the approaching cold, I do hope to get more indoor action going again too ;)
    Hope all's well on your end! What have you got growing at the moment? :D

    calliandra Well-Known Member

    oooo really looking forward to that! :D

    farmerfischer Well-Known Member

    bumping it back to the top..
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    Tim Fox

    Tim Fox Well-Known Member

    top we go
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