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ProZachJ's 2024 Grow Log

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Current state of the plants and the forecast for the next few days. Should I set out today or leave in the warm greenhouse for another week?

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I wait until chance of frost is gone, then watch the weather forecast. This website allows you to keep up with first and last frost dates by zipcode.

 

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My 30% date was the 6th. Judging by the 10 & 14 day outlook this dip into the mid 40s is about the last of the chilly weather. I may or may not get to set them out tomorrow since I seeded a 1/2 acre of corn today and need to seed the milpa with it. I'll definitely get them out this week though since significant rain is probably happening next weekend.
 

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The plants are in the field.

From right to left (west to east)... Texas Cuban, Perique, Little Dutch, Black Sea Samsun, Staghorn with the handful of Southern Beauty plants that made it.

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Perique

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Black Sea Samsun

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This morning everything looked beautiful and the soil meter read wet+....I felt comfortable that things would be fine for the day and I could finish hooking up the irrigation this evening after work and tomorrow morning. At 5, I went into the field to find the horror of wilted plants :eek: and had to work into the dark to get the system running. Nothing like the threat of dead plants to motive progress :confused: but at least it's running now and the plants have perked back up.
 
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This morning at dawn I ran the irrigation for a little under an hour which should have added a little less than 1/4 gallon per plant. Maybe overkill at this stage but didn't want to see wilted plants again.
 

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Maybe I should have clipped, it is just such a foreign practice to my experience with everything else I grow.

I did notice that the two Texas Cubans that had been transplanted into larger pots (the two bigger thicker plants) did not wilt. Maybe in the future I will make that my standard practice.
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What size did you transfer them from, and what size did you put them into?

I container grow- stunting plants is a big concern for me.
It seems really more important with rustica varieties, though.
 

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What size did you transfer them from, and what size did you put them into?

I container grow- stunting plants is a big concern for me.
It seems really more important with rustica varieties, though.

The seeds were started in peat cell pots that are 2" x 2". The two plants pictured were going to be culled as extras but instead I put them into a 3.5" x 3.5" x 3.75" peat pot.

There is no doubt the smaller pots have been holding the others back for about two weeks, but I wouldn't consider them stunted.

They were transplanted on Feb 14 and didn't beging to show any growth advantage over their siblings that were in smaller cells until March 3-4.
 

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Based on this experience, I'll either plan to upsize 30 days after emergence or just start in larger pots, it will depend on available greenhouse space. 18 pots per tray takes up way more room than 50 and is much more challenging to sub-irrigate.
 

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Overnight rain 3/4", invasion of the crawdad and neighbors dogs.

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I lost one Little Dutch and one Perique overnight due to trampling or curiosity by neighbors dogs. I can see the prints leading to the rows but none in the rows, but these dogs are so big they could step over them without stepping in them. I had some of this problem last year with my veggie garden until I blocked it as a throughway, I may have to do the same for this patch if this continues.
 
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