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Old April 29, 2017   #46
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Oh! Duh Deb...
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Old April 29, 2017   #47
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Gerardo, your garden is always so impressive. Can't wait to see how the season fares for you. Thanks for sharing!
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Old May 9, 2017   #48
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-Thrips are under control for the most part. Combo of yellow flowered "pull" plants and deltamethrin seems to have done the trick. The local population of Frankliniella occidentalis plaguing my garden is resistant to diazinone. Monitoring progress with sticky traps in yellow and blue, fingers crossed I'm over the hump.

-Next week I'll return to my usual Neem/food grade DE and Copper.

-Mammoth Microbials (samples)and Harpin proteins are contributing, as is Sea Green Foliar (I really dig this stuff).

-Compost-alfalfa tea brewing as I type this and will be twice a week for the next couple of months.

-Planted 6 types of marigolds, Pincushion-Sweet Scabious, and lots of Alyssum. These will be my ongoing "pull" plants, they'll live right under the citrus trees and at the end of the tube runs.

-Chem-Gro/cal nitrate/mag-sulfate is easy. Some plants really like it, others turn purple and cry. We'll keep the ones that say "more please."

Here are the replacements for the felled plants:

Overall views. The runs in the opposite direction have a trellis set up to receive the cukes (Excelsior, Sweet Success, Super Zagross, Neva Bride, Calypso, Lemon, Delikatesse). The 2nd pic you can see some of the youngins.

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Elgin Pink
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Delicious Larisa Vorlon
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Cowlick's and Polish Linguisa
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Cowlick's and Larisa
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Kiss the Sky and Dora
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Larisa and Cascade Lava
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Larisa
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Grandma Oliver's Chocolate
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Terhune and Odoriko
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TN Heirloom and Dester
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Koroleva and Pink Rafaello
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Current "pull" plants for thrips
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Fred's TD, one of my favorites
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Old May 9, 2017   #49
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Snap dragon flowers are one of my sons fave.

Excellent work, Gerardo. Keep these pictures coming. I am probably 2 weeks from planting out. Weather here is just not cooperating this year.
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Geraldo, are all your plants in containers? Interesting, those containers that look
like little laundry baskets can support 2 tomato plants. Is this garden in Tijuana
or San Diego? Sorry for all the questions, haven't read the whole thread.
We used to go to Tijuana and Ensenada back in the day (80's). I grew up in
Whittier, CA
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Old May 9, 2017   #51
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I looks so botanical and beautiful. A laboratory of life, you inspire us all Gerardo.
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Old May 9, 2017   #52
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If I worked as hard as Gerardo in that climate I'd sweat 5 gallons a day....if I could do it.
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Old May 9, 2017   #53
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Snap dragon flowers are one of my sons fave.

Excellent work, Gerardo. Keep these pictures coming. I am probably 2 weeks from planting out. Weather here is just not cooperating this year.
Hang in there, it'll cooperate and before you know it it's caprese salad time.

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Geraldo, are all your plants in containers? Interesting, those containers that look
like little laundry baskets can support 2 tomato plants. Is this garden in Tijuana
or San Diego? Sorry for all the questions, haven't read the whole thread.
We used to go to Tijuana and Ensenada back in the day (80's). I grew up in
Whittier, CA
No worries. Garden is on the MX side. I do 2 plants in each container, it holds a little under 5 gals. Fertigation allows me to get away with smaller volumes. Eventually they go full kratky and break through the bottom and into the tube.

Those towns you remember from the 80s are long gone, replaced by a large sprawling beast. Ensenada has grown a lot, fortunately it has room to spread its legs. Here's a little trivia fact: the largest municipality by area in the Americas is Ensenada. It covers over 50,000 km2!!!!!!!! Over 70% of Baja California Norte belongs to Ensenada.

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I looks so botanical and beautiful. A laboratory of life, you inspire us all Gerardo.
G Osteen , life coach, available for speaking engagements. Thanks RS, I'm about 80% done with my renovations, just have a few more beautification projects and it'll be ready for a photo session.

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If I worked as hard as Gerardo in that climate I'd sweat 5 gallons a day....if I could do it.
Lots of sunblock, and mostly working in the evenings helps a lot. I'm sure my neighbor's are tired of hearing me pump my 2 gallon sprayer around 11 pm.
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Old May 14, 2017   #54
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Gerardo you are the reason I am revisiting growing in containers but with a different approach.
I hope it works for me.
Most of the time I just look and keep my mouth shut on your threads.
No way can I afford the Earth Boxes and so on.
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Old May 14, 2017   #55
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Containers are the future, and fabric pots are the path, for hot weather growing. They can be economically fashioned from weed barrier fabric, or to buy, run about $4 for 15gal and $3 for 10gal.

http://northernhomestead.com/sew-grow-bag/
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Old May 14, 2017   #56
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@worth: glad u are giving them a shot Today I was holding a 380 SIG and it made me happy.

@rshaw: great reference I think I saw decent fabric for cheap down here. I like the chemgro!
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June gloom is doing its thing here in borderland.

Reset due to bug damage. Things are starting to look up, as the IPM strategy is paying dividends.

New members. The final piece of the puzzle and the other an essential tool when using the chem-gro tomato formula.
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Two enthusiastic thumbs up
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Brazilian Starfish survived the bug onslaught, recovering

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Various stages of growth, some under construction
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Youngins and future grow bags with CRW cage
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Pepinos, work in progress
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Old June 2, 2017   #58
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Looks great.

Don't let the probe dry out on your handheld meter. They are meant to stay moist all the time. Some brands put a sponge in the cap. Others sell a storage solution. It just has to stay wet. Water is probably fine.

Frequent calibration of the meter is the other necessity, especially for ph. If you do the same thing as always, and suddenly the ph is off, check the meter first.
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I saw a lizard in container number 78.

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Old June 5, 2017   #60
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Thanks for the tip.

Lizard free, dogs are diligent.

Flowers as bait in the attached pic.

Found BRANDY BOY F1 at Lowe's. Game on.

Driving down to Ensenada on the Cal Nitrate hunt.
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