|Posted by sykponics on September 17, 2016 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
So, it's been a busy few days since I posted my last update and I have been planting, transplanting and getting some new information on growing chillies in an aquaponics system. As well as that my first few Grosse Lisse tomatoes are now bearing fruit as well as my first 2 pods on my California Reaper Chilli started growing.
Before I begin I am urging anyone who can afford it to donate to my project. I am having trouble getting parts for the build and need materials to keep going. All donations go straight into getting this project up and running,and as always are greatly appreciated.
As I said I got some great information about growing chillies soil free from Neil at The Hippy Seed Company ( find them at http://thehippyseedcompany.com ), an Australian based nursery who is specialised in chillies, chilli seeds and chilli products. Neil said that all chillies should be able to grow in an aquaponics or hydroponics system with very little difficulty as long as the roots were not fully immersed. He even grows his clones using aeroponics. Even though I plan on growing outdoors he even suggested lighting if I considered growing indoors. Have to say a huge big thank you to Neil at The Hippy Seed Company fo his time and help.
Seeds have been getting collected and have added a few more Marigold seeds to the point where I know I have too many (LOLz!), a couple more firecracker seeds, some strawberry seeds and the first of my Lollo Rosso seeds started releasing so I have been collecting them as well. I have planted 4 of the Ultra White Ghost Chilli seeds (fingers crossed), 15 Firecracker and 15 Jalapeno seeds, as well as a pumpkin and some more Cherry Belle Radish. All out of seed raising mix at the moment so waiting on money to get more seeds in the dirt.
Cuttings continue to be a little hit and miss especially with the Egyptian Mint and Pineapple Mint cuttings from the past few weeks shrivelling despite all others doing well. I have Rosemary, Apple Mint, Lemon Balm and a few sprigs of Chocolate mint ready for transplanting so will be looking at them in a few days. Also ready for transplant is about 15 Bishop Crown and 13 Razzamatazz Chillies so will also have to find some money to get a potting mix to try and plant them out. I have also planted out the Water Chestnuts to a larger tub, not as big as I would have liked but it was what I had to work with. Hoping they grow nice and healthy and looking forward to having a few in Josephine's awesome stir-frys.
That's about it for now......
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The reapers are coming.......
|Posted by sykponics on September 10, 2016 at 3:55 AM||comments (0)|
It's been a few big days lately, family time with Father's Day, Jordan started her vlog (except it has been nearly a week since she asked to get on the camera) and trying to get the parts I need to start a basic aquaponics setup running.
I realise that my budget isn't going to let me build as quickly as I want, but I am planning on building a small system mainly using a trickle system for leafy greens, and incorporating a grow bed for trying different plants to see how they grow in this climate and in an aquaponics system. Looking reasonably to get up and going I would be looking at about another $150 to get the rest of the plumbing and grow media, as well as a few building materials.
I moved the plants around a little today, sorting them into their different categories being Vegetables, Chillies, Herbs and flowers, then the Mint collection got put on a pallet under the Lilly Pilly trees. Also started setting up the frame for the basis of the aquaponics build. It is going to need a bit of reinforcement and planning on trying to get some shadecloth over the top when I can afford it.
Added a few Photos to the site, showing the collection of established plants and a few seedlings so have a look on the 'Our Products' page (as well as my new black moor goldfish I got for Fathers Day).
Thanks everyone for your interest and support, have an awesome day and share your knowledge!