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  1. 19 hours ago, MKader17 said:

    I guess I don't really know.

    Everything with the caveat of "for my area"

    What's good to plant?

    I will start with things I eat often. corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, carrots, salad, potatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon. Then grab whatever looks interesting from there.

    When to plant?

    After the last freeze. According to Google it should be about mid March for Texas. Some crops you should be able to produce twice in your long season. 

    if you are starting plants from seed you would want to start them about two months before hand.

    Beyond that when they start putting plants out at the stores in your area that is a good indicator. Also some plants you will sow right in the soil, like corn and carrots.

    What to put in your garden?

    Pretty much anything other than root vegetables. They seem to do better in individual pots. Plant accordingly. You don’t want corn or a tall tomato plant in front of your short plants. 

    When to fertilize?

    Ideally one would turn the bed a couple months before planting season. And add manure and straw/leafs/cotton burr. If the soil compacts easy I will add perlite. Then keep moist. If there are no worms when you are turning the bed that’s not a good sign. I gather worms when it rains and add them to the beds. 

    Otherwise can buy bagged compost if manure/straw etc is not available. Adds up quick though.

    Then will fertilize when planting and again once a month. I found a wicked good organic fertilizer I will post a pic.

    How often should you really water?

    This depends on climate and location. If it is hot and windy you may need to water every day. they make a moisture sensor if it will help you get comfortable. I’ll post a pic. Will also post a pic of my irrigation system for ideas.

    What signs does the plant show of being healthy or sick?

    healthy will have lots of new green growth. Sick could show a bunch of different signs. I would not worry about the sick side until you have encountered. Then it will be as you said and a learning lesson from there.

    For a corollary, this is what I read the first time I made pasta dough. I really enjoyed reading lots of ins and outs so I could recognize my rookie mistakes as I was making them and correct for it. 


  2. 11 hours ago, nigel said:

    Prednisone will cause swelling.  It's called prednisone bloat, also makes you less tolerant to heat, and causes sweating.  My dad's been on that shit for 10+ yrs, and it's not meant to be a long term med...  But with his health issues they have no cure, just treat symptoms, and it's the only thing that works.

    Ironically I think they gave it to her for the swelling. Idk

  3. 20 hours ago, dem beats said:

    For me, prednisone just puts me on the rag. 


    I cry alot to distance comercials and shit. 

    Shit puts me way too on edge. Gives me an excuse to hit the weights hard when I’m on it though. 

  4. 1 hour ago, MKader17 said:

    Hey grow guys,

    I'm looking to start an outdoor garden, but really don't have a clue. The wife put down 2 raised beds at our last place with a little success. The tomatillos breeding with the cherry tomato plant to make cherry tomatillos was pretty awesome, but completely accidental. I just want to have a source of information I can trust.

    I saw plans for some raised beds with under ground irrigation, which I thought was pretty damn cool. As with grass, I feel like I quickly get directed to some mega company that's like, "our super product will do everything!"



    What kind of information are you after? Bed prep, fertilization, irrigation?

  5. 3 hours ago, ///M5 said:

    ROFL.  You should see my family walk through downtown.  It's hilarious.  My mothers brothers are both 6'5, my dad is 6'6, my brother 6'5, my wives brother 6'11, her other brother 6'5, my grandpa 6'5, my aunt 6'3.  People STARE

    We’d say that’s a bunch of corn feed Mf’ers! LOL Probably comes from living next to Nebraska. But yeah pretty much from anywhere in the middle west and large gets the title. 

  6. 2 minutes ago, dem beats said:

    I should outsource my yard arrangement and build to you guys!

    I need to build an outdoor kitchen's, greenhouse, and sauna.  

    I'll film building it and get your tube rich. 

    I’m down! We can build an grotto for the ladies!!

    I’ve been studying up on my backyard pizza oven. Time to start hoarding materials. 

  7. On 5/21/2020 at 1:05 PM, dem beats said:

    It was a good week.


    I was a size 62 executive and the shoulders had to be let out. And that was after I lost a bit.  


    Here in the midwest we dont removethe growth hormone from the milk. We just leave it in and then fuck up the wrestling circuit.  The coasts talk a lot of shit, as does texas, but the midwest is the Sparta of the USA. We also manufacture them as big as possible.  Only the damn Gauls got of beat at the moment. 



    We just call y’all cornfeed!! There’s a couple small farm communities around here. When their football team shows up every one of them is a giant. 

  8. On 5/21/2020 at 12:59 PM, dem beats said:

    Hope she is doing well!!!

    Alive and kicking at least! Thanks for the good wishes. She is having inmobility issues with her neck. Possibly from the RA. So She had to get a grip of x-rays. While I pretty thrive on pain and discomfort, I hate to see her in it. 


  9. On 5/18/2020 at 11:35 PM, dem beats said:

    Takes a lot of beef to keep this heap moving. 

    When my immune is spinning its wheels it's like running a few extra miles a day for calories and stress but none of the health benefits. So then I gotta run the engine just to break even. That means a fuuuuuuuuuck load of calories even on a slow day. 

    Jared saw how flabby I am and that's while basically "starved".  For all the bad luck my DNA gave me, I ended up thiccc. Hyperflexable people often end up with extra athletic ability due to the extra couple degrees they can grab leverage from. Until it all gives out. And they can't 

    : D

    Honestly you were a whole lot skinnier than I’d imagined from your description. On the other hand you and Sean are both giants. Not often someone makes me feel small. Lol

  10. 16 hours ago, dem beats said:

    Holy crap. 

    Just had a 5 hour doctor visit. 

    Hour break for lunch.  I'm amped.

    I feel ya. I spent three hours at the doctors with my wife yesterday. 

    was a good chance to edit my photo roll on my phone. :-)

  11. Oh getting on an airplane today. Mandatory face mask the entire ride. 

    All Annikya’s shit is still in Mississippi from when they shut the college down. They finally posted up a schedule to go and get everything. On super short notice that is. So off to do that and sign her new lease.

  12. 13 hours ago, Godsmack said:

    Got the cutter back up and running properly with a new output board. 90 bucks with the overnight shipping and back in business.

    Also, keep up the projects guys. It's great to see and hear about these!!!



    I’ll be back in the shop later this week and have a new design in mind. :D

  13. 22 hours ago, dem beats said:

    I switched to humera. I have a similar plan but I'm off the meds now.  I needed to come off to fight the bacteria and just in case the covid gets me bad I would have to come off anyway at that point.  I did the math and the short term possible damage tonmy joints is worth the chance to start healing again.


    Just herbal remedies.  :D

    I just need money. I could go to a gym find testosterone and adderall and probably be "fine".  I can mask the symptoms with street pharmacy stuff. I just want to stay out of prison and find out why I am so sick.  It sounds crazy but I'm I'm literally just wasting. Whatever stops that would make me fine. 

    Bad ideas, but ideas nonetheless!!

    My number one rule in life is be resourceful. I will do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be, regardless of social opinion. Life is in session and we only have so many days on this planet. :)

  14. On 5/9/2020 at 8:27 AM, ///M5 said:

    Need opinions :)


    I personally like the Sun Blaze Brand. Otherwise Hydrofarm would be my second choice. with the space you have I would probably get a 6 or 8 bulb 4’ fixture. 
    as far as bulbs they come in standard, HO and VHO. I would stick with the HO. There are only two brands I trust. Spectralux and Quantum. Trust to have the best intensity AND be the correct spectrum and stay that way the longest. 

    Normally I would suggest buy used with just about anything. This is one thing I probably would weigh that gamble. This is how it breaks down. The bulbs are by far one of the largest costs. Because you want quality ones. They are 8 to $15 a bulb for a quality one. The only part other than the fixture itself, is the ballast. Of the half a dozen I’ve acquired used, I’ve had to replace at least half the ballasts. At $20-$40 a whack. Both costs mentioned are before shipping. 
    So a used one that needs $100 in bulbs and possibly a ballast or two, puts you right up close to the cost of a new one. 

    New they usually come with bulbs included. The Sun Blaze is probably one of the most expensive, but comes with Spectralux bulbs. While I imagine most use the same ballast and are just re-badged. I feel like Sun Blaze used a higher quality one, just speculation though. 
    Either way the bulbs are the meat and potatoes of operation. 

    Of course before I recommended much I went and researched a little on what you are growing. Definitely a lot of mixed opinions but most favoring the LED, for lettuce at least. That is if it is a quality LED that actually produces the Lumens it claims. 
    So my question at this point that I hadn’t found the answer to yet. Is should a T5 be ran with half red and blue bulbs. As the first thing I noticed in any of the YouTube tests is they are comparing an LED with both light spectrum’s to a T5 with only blue 5700k veg bulbs. 
    I saw they had came out with an LED T5 bulb. They are more expensive. But claim to last at least five years. Whereas regular bulbs will only last a year tops. Not sure if they produce the pink light, but assume they do. hopefully without the noise at least. Could be worth looking into once you are ready to commit long-term. 
    I can only assume you enjoy my overly elaborate answers, unlike most people. Let me know if I’m off base there. Lol

  15. 1 minute ago, dem beats said:

    Gotta sell a kidney. 


    I need a job bad. I'm pretty unsure of what to do now. 


    Frankly its get on the right stimulants, the right supportive drugs, and just get back into the workforce. The house is falling down around me and the most I can do is feed the people around me.  When the temps hit 70s I can get some work done but anything cooler and my hands stop working before I get anything done. I can work the snowblower or the riding mower. That's it. Lol. 



    Not sure if you’re still on the Embral? My wife has been getting it for free through some foundation. They mail her a three month supply at a time. If it’s something you’re interested in I can find out more.

  16. 1 hour ago, dem beats said:

    All the relevant parts were just replaced. I cleaned it all and checked the repair guys for a second opinion. 

    They Dont know what to say but sometimes even if you replace every board with the exact right board the ship still leaks. It is almost 20 years old. 

    I can’t imagine there’s anything you haven’t thought of my dude. I’m sorry for your loss. 

    On the plus now you get to go appliance shopping!!

  17. On 5/7/2020 at 12:50 PM, ///M5 said:

    Still torn on NFT vs Ebb/flow.  I think I want to do round tubes as it is easy to add removable ends to clean if I ever want to.  Perhaps again Sean overkill though.  Damnit I just want some food!!


    I personally like to build things to be versatile and easy to change up. Is why I gave you the design suggestion I did. Which was intended to put inside what you already have built wooden part wise. not sure if that part was clear. Would allow for more plants to be arranged in a tighter area I’d think as well. Definitely easier to clean. That’s if you went with the ebb and flow. The PVC would be great for the NFT. That calculator I posted is pretty trick eh.

    Considering the two in my head. I’d think the ebb and flow would be more forgiving. As there is little to no roots dangling out of the pots, as they are air pruned. The plant would probably let you know something was wrong without being dead. The NFT leaves you with very delicate roots. That are susceptible to any system failure, and the roots may be too far gone by the time you notice. The NFT probably wins in dissolved oxygen. And if I had to bet, I’d guess produce more IF everything else is in balance. Again all that is just my speculation on the two. I would consider the manifold you have built to be a hybrid. In the sense that even though you drain it, it’s basically sealed. So stays very wet and humid. Is why the roots went down the tube. You won’t get that seal with the PVC orientated horizontally in an ebb and flow.

    And I feel you on wanting to grow some food! I’ve planted to many things to list this week. Is looking like asparagus omelette in the morning!! Fresh out the yard. 

  18. On 5/7/2020 at 12:48 PM, ///M5 said:

    RO is in the basement piped to multiple locations.  Will also power my ice maker and seltzer water dispenser.

    I have an air pump, didn't know about the bacteria.  My lights are ridiculously loud so I might change everything up at some point. 

    Typically I think you’re supposed to sterilize the air stones once a month. By soaking them in H2O2. Which is also what you can use to sterilize and reuse the pellets. These are 29 and 34%. https://4hydroponics.com/nutrilife-h2o2-garden-strength-1-gallon.htmlhttps://www.hawthornegc.com/shop/product/liquid-oxygen-h2o2-2
    I also add that to the reservoir from time to time. If there is any sign of root infection or fungal gnats breeding. Also just turns into oxygen in the water once it has reacted.


    The absolutely VERY first thing I add every single time I change the water is Drip Clean. https://www.amazon.com/House-Garden-HGDPC01L-Clean-Fertilizer/dp/B00V50IC9U  Stabilizes the water and acts like a magnet to keep the system clean. It doesn’t take much so a bottle lasts awhile

    The other possible pertinent thing if doing the ebb is Clearex. Is a leaching agent used to flush the grow medium. Typically used to clean out salt build up. https://www.amazon.com/Botanicare-CLEAREX-Rinsing-Solution-1-Quart/dp/B0001XGPCS You may only need it if you are growing plants that stay in there for long periods. Or if you are cycling and frequently adding new plants with already established plants. i.e For me a grow takes four months from start to finish. The first two months is the veg stage and I typically don’t do any flush. As soon as I put them in flower I will drain the system and run just water and Clearex for one hour every two weeks. Can also add H2O at this time to really break things up if needed. Or for the reasons stated above. 

    As far as the light I would suggest a 4 foot eight bulb t-5 fixture. At least a 4 bulb. More light, more food! Let me know if you need opinions on different ones.