Thursday, March 22, 2012

Eastern Glass Lizard

                                                                        Eastern Glass Lizard

Monday, March 19, 2012

Florida Native Wildflowers and Plants

Florida Native Wildflowers and plants being added to yard.
Slowly removing grass area's to be native.
March 19, 2012 grass removal and planting of Florida Wildflower seeds.
                             Pine Straw light coat to protect seeds  from hevy rain run off .
                             Seeds  were lightly raked into soil sand mainly and watered.
                                Oleander's will be removed in time for Native Shrubs.
      Butterfly plants and behind fence more grass was removed and Florida Native
      Wildflowers seeded  in rear fence area.                            
 Florida Native Plants with Pine Straw.


Areas where grass never grew from heat off Block wall of house.  I covered area with weed control fabric and placed Pine Straw over fabric. I made some boxes  and Butterfly plant seeds were added. This area had three cold fronts which hurt plants.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Florida Native Wildflowers Seedlings

Today I did some Flats for Florida Wildflowers. All media was sifted fine sand, perlite, and Organic Compost.  More updates to follow in days ahead.
Left to Right, Rudbeckia mollis - Softhair Conefloer, Sandhill Blackeyed Susan, Coreopis basallis - Goldenmane Tickseed, Dye FLower, and Hellanthus debilis - Beach Sunflower, East Coast Dune Sunflower.

Left to Right Liatris elegans - Pinkscale Blazing Star,  Litris chapmanii, Chapmans Blazing Star, chapmans Gayfeather,  and Berlandiera subacaulis - Florida Greeneyes

Microgreens Cliff's Special Mix

                                                 The third day for the Microgreens
Sixth Day and ready to be cut.
                                  I already had my salad with some of these great Microgreens.
Yummy and fresh!

Early morning picture of Hoop House Lettuce, raddish, Onions, and Lima Beans

The Hoop house will be coming down when the Lettuce is finished growing.
                   The other plants will be removed to another location.
                   This  planter I used my Organic mix and perlite mix.
                   You can see assemble of planter back in my past blogs.
                   Only two lawn grass blades entered mix. No horse manure was used.
                   Horse manure used in garden gave me lawn grass with the plants.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monarch Butterfly drying her wings.

PH & PPM Getting it right per gram of Hydro Mix

Cliff's notes for Hydro MixCucumber formula.
Cucumber Mix 8-16-36 per 100 gallons of water.
Grams 226.796185 per Eight Ounces.
8-16-36 mix Eight ounces per 100 gallons
Calcium Nitrate (CaNO3) Six Ounces per 100 gallons water.

Magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4) Four ounces. per 100 gallons water.

I made my formula to 10 gallons and Five Gallons for my Rubbermaid Tough Box.
Source water is County is 7.2 PH Roughly depending on temp and standing.
PH seems to go down with heat and time of Clorine to evaporate.
Monitoring is required for PH and PPM.
All media is soaked before placement of plants at Two weeks of growth.
Soaked media solution was used on other plants to start fresh.
I didn't want rockwool particles to be mixed in other media.
PPM 1350  Seedlings

PH 6.5 - 6.7 Seedlings and mature plants.
                         Checked with Rockwool slab PH took it up to 6.5 PH.

                                                 Adjusted to 6.5 PH
                                 Bluelab Trucheon meter PPM to 1350 for seedlings.

Flower House Assemble

This morning I put up another green house. Time with floor sheeting no more then one hour. Next I will wash floor install media for my Lady cucumbers.

Why the second Flower House is to allow my other plants to finish their growth cycle. When the first crop is finished I will wash clean the unit down to start my next crop.
Pictures of what comes in the box for others to see details. 
                                      Size of a tire pickup roughly.
                    Left is fold out Flower House, stakes, and Tent type rods.
                                    Tent rods color coated red and green labe
It's nice to have your wife or someone to hold the unit up while you get a few rods in place.                            
Time to add the cucumber media, pumps, and mix up my Hydro Mix.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cucumber Seedlings 100% Germination

This is an update of the Three Different Cucumber Plants. 100% Germination started March 1, 2012.
These plants will be going into the Hydroponics, Aeroponics, and Drip systems in a few days.  NPK has been increased to 1250 PPM.
These plants will be going into a Clean Greenhouse and monitored PH and PPM.
Each plant has the ability to produce 30 LBS each.

Monday, March 5, 2012

New Cucumber Seeds

I started these in Rockwool March 1, 2012 4pm.
March 4, 2012 4 PM placed them in Net pots and clay balls to support Rock Cubes,added Hydro Mix. 

March 5, 2012 8 am