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Old 08-16-2014, 09:40 AM   #321
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I'm currently working on a new product for where I work at. It'll be a solar powered drip irrigation system that utilized rain water collection.

The next versions will be designed for greenhouses.
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Cool! Will there be various sizes so that the backyard gardener can utilize it, or is it going to be designed mostly for the big 60 foot tunnel houses?

After a couple of weeks of saving up my tomatoes I finally had enough to do a 'sauce day' this past weekend and canned up 30 pints of pizza/pasta sauce.

I also did 19 pints of dilly beans, 8 half pints of pickled garlic, and 3 quarts of pickled eggs, while I had my canning gear up and running in the downstairs kitchen.

Now I'm saving tomatoes up for a "soup day" to put away a few quarts of tomato soup base. I usually put up about 10-12 quarts of it, for tomato soup and for a chili base during the black months. I LOVE chili in the winter; soak some beans overnight, brown up some venison burger in the morning and toss all the ingredients into a pot with some extra water and some dried hot peppers from the garden and let it simmer on the woodstove all day....
Nothing better than coming home to that after a long day in a cold snap!

Also; gratuitous shot of the sunflowers that have started blooming, and have actually gotten TALLER since they developed flower heads.
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Thats a good stash.
I froze all the tomatoes in a sauce and salsa. We had tomatoes out of our ears this year. Still got watermelon on vine. Cantaloupe is about done. Peppers still going strong.
Jungle garden is barren now.
Need to plant fall crop of something next month.
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Thats a good stash.
I froze all the tomatoes in a sauce and salsa. We had tomatoes out of our ears this year. Still got watermelon on vine. Cantaloupe is about done. Peppers still going strong.
Jungle garden is barren now.
Need to plant fall crop of something next month.
My hot pepper plants are pretty well loaded too. What varieties can you grow in Texas? I imagine probably all of them...
The only ones that I've had any luck with up here are Jalapeno varieties, Cheyenne Chilis, Piquins, and a Paper Lantern variety. Everything else has produced stunted plants and no fruit.
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Jalapenos and a hot banana. And a chili petine. Hot little bastard. I let the birds eat it.
Any pepper does good. Want it hot don't water it as much.
I want to make some jams. Watermelon jam came out fair. Watermelon rind same. I want to experiment more.
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Cool! Will there be various sizes so that the backyard gardener can utilize it, or is it going to be designed mostly for the big 60 foot tunnel houses?
My goal is to have a variety of different sized kits for various sized gardens/green houses. Where I work, all of our products cater to the DIYer in mind.

I'm hoping to be finished with this project in a few months. I've got most of the math sorted out, just got to locate the components and put together the prototype.

I will definitely will post more about this project when I get sometime to work on it
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Here's a little garden bed we put together about 2 months ago. It's two 4x4 boxes. My wife planted a zucchini plant that has totally dominated. There was also a seed from a pumpkin (plant at top right) and a gourd plant (behind the zucchini) that was in the compost we used to fill it. We had about 8 lettuce plants that we've already eaten. Currently there's lettuce, bell peppers, snap peas (in the pot), cherry tomatoes, basil and a strawberry plant.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:14 PM   #328
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This is one of my Vandas that recently bloomed

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Those are pretty. Do they smell like anything?
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Thanks

These are not fragrant orchids, only a few of my collection have scents
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Here is my fall harvest. Meyer Lemons & Keifer Pears. My crops were a little thin this year, because of a very late mild freeze which ruined all the blossoms. My Satsuma Oranges will be ready for Christmas.










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Jealous of that citrus. I'm lucky to get 5 or 6 lemons a year off of mine. Of course, I have to keep it small since it's an indoor plant for 8 months out of the year, so...
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We added some more trees. I put in two dwarf Holiday Avocado trees, another peach tree, a fig tree, a mango tree and two kiwi vines (one male, one female). We're wondering if the male is going to make it. In trying to get it out of the pot, the dirt pretty much fell away from the roots. It's looking very droopy.

Prior to all that, we put in a fig tree but gophers killed it. They gnawed the roots completely off the base. This time we put gopher cages around them.
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I tried avocado...but it gets too cold here even with covering them up. But there are a few avocado trees around town.
Actually in San Antonio...Citrus trees are fairly rare.....they have to be covered for any freezing for about the first 10 years.
My fig trees do well, except you only have a bout a 1 day window to pick them before the bird eat them. I do like my Keifer pear because it is self pollenating.

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I tried avocado...but it gets too cold here even with covering them up. But there are a few avocado trees around town.
Actually in San Antonio...Citrus trees are fairly rare.....they have to be covered for any freezing for about the first 10 years.
My fig trees do well, except you only have a bout a 1 day window to pick them before the bird eat them. I do like my Keifer pear because it is self pollenating.
Where did ya get the pear?
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I tried avocado...but it gets too cold here even with covering them up. But there are a few avocado trees around town.
Actually in San Antonio...Citrus trees are fairly rare.....they have to be covered for any freezing for about the first 10 years.
My fig trees do well, except you only have a bout a 1 day window to pick them before the bird eat them. I do like my Keifer pear because it is self pollenating.
If it gets below 30 degrees F, Avocado trees will have a hard time. It depends on the type. Some are better than others in colder climates. Fuerte Avocados are a little more cold tolerant than Hass (I think they can go down to about 25 degrees). They're a good tasting avocado as well. Most growers don't grow them because they have a smooth thin skin. As a result, they bruise too easily sitting in bins. We have two mature Fuertes. They're good for cross pollinating with the Hass trees. Plus, the Fuertes are ready to pick in the October to December time frame. So you'd have some mature fruit around the time the frost starts to come.

How do you know when a fig is ready to pick? We have one fig on our tree. It's just now turning color. A friend of mine said he just picked them up when they dropped.
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I got the Keifer Pear at Lowes.

Ripe figs - they usually turn brown or dark purple..and get soft. And they must ripen on the tree. They are only ripe for a couple of days and turn to mush and rot. They are pretty much the most expensive fruit you can buy at the store because of their shelf life
Very good for making jam.
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