Ron Tucker 2021 Journal

January 2, 2021 - Received new HOOMEDA three head red and blue LEDD grow light from Amazon. Cost was 24.99+  Hoomeda three head growlight

 

January 2, 2021 - Received 120 GROWNEER 4 inch plastic Plant Nursery Pots from Amazon. Cost 12.99 + tax. Works out about 12 cent a pot

January 3, 2021 - Seed started 18 cells of Better Boy Tomatoes in egg carton with Jiffy Seed Starter Mix. - CRADLE A-TOM(18)

January 3, 2021 - Seed started 12 cells of Cherry Tomatoes in egg carton with Jiffy Seed Starter Mix. - CRADLE B-TOM(12)

January 3, 2021  - Ordered seeds from Parks

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Item #

Description Qty Price

05245-PK-P1 Sweet Rainbow Mix Pepper Seeds 1 $3.95
52679-PK-P1 White Star Hybrid Eggplant Seeds 1 $2.95
05337-PK-P1 Celebrity Hybrid Tomato Seeds 1 $2.95
52536-PK-P1 Sir Crunch a Lot Hybrid Cucumber Seeds 1 $4.95
52511-PK-P1 Cucumber Patio Snacker Seeds 1 $4.95

Order Subtotal $19.75
Shipping & Handling $6.95
Estimated Sales/Use Tax if applicable* $1.19

Order Total

$27.89

 January 5, 2021  - Seed started 12 cells of Cherry Tomatoes in egg carton with mix of Sta Green putting mix and Jiffy Seed Started Mix - CRADLE - C-TOM(12)

January 5, 2021  - Seed started 18 cells of Rutgers Tomatoes in egg carton with mix of Sta Green putting mix and Jiffy Seed Started Tornadoes - CRADLE D-TOM(18)

January 5, 2021 - Mini greenhouse arrived from Amazon - cost $37 -  Mini Greenhouse

 

 

 

 

January 6, 2021- Greenhouse from Amazon arrived. Assembled same. Cost $90

Greenhouse Greenhouse framed greenhouse on site finished

January 6, 2021 - Arrived from Amazon Bluetooth thermometer - Cost $12. Bluetooth Govee thermometer

 January 7, 2021 - Arrived from Amazon 2 blocks of Burpee Seed Starting Coir - Cost $13.00

January 8, 2020 - Temperatures dipped to about 30 overnight

January 9, 2021 - First few Better Boy Tomato seedlings germinated - 6 days in - CRADLE A-TOM(18)

January 9, 2021 - Temperature dipped to about 30 overnight

January 10, 2021- First single Cherry Tomato seedling planted on January 5, germinated -5 days in - CRADLE C-TOM(12)

January 11, 2021 - First few Rutgers Tomatoes germinated - CRADLE D-TOM(18)

January 11, 2021 - first Few Cherry Tomatoes germinated CRADLE B-TOM(12)

January 11, 2021 - Overnight temperature down to 30, wind and rain. 

January 12, 2021 - Seed started 12 - Celebrity Hybrid Tomatoes in egg carton with Coconut Coir mixed with Sta-Green potting soil - CRADLE - E-TOM(12)

January 13, 2021 - Seed started 4cells of Celebrity Hybrid in first four cells of egg carton with mix of coconut coir and Sta-Green potting mix. CRADLE - F-TOM(12)

January 13, 2021 - Seed started 8 cells of Better Boy Tomatoes in egg carton with mix of coconut four and Sta-Green putting mix CRADLE - F-TOM(12)

January 13, 2021 - Seed started 12 cells of Rutgers Tomatoes in egg carton with mix of coconut four and Sta-Green putting mix CRADLE - G-TOM(12)

January 14, 2021 - Purchased 12 qt Jiffy Organic Seed Starting mix at Walmart - Cost $5

January 14, 2021 - Received heat mat from Amazon (Vivosun) - Cost $13.00 Doesn't work well

January 16, 2021 - Received two pack of LED panels from Amazon - Cost $42.00 LED Panels

January 16, 2021 - Seed started 18 Rainbow Blend Bell Peppers in egg carton with mix of Sta-Green potting soil, Jiffy Organic Seed starting Mix and Coconut Coir - CRADLE - H - BELL(18)

January 16, 2021 - Seed started 4 cells Rainbow Blend Bell Peppers in egg carton with mix of Sta-Green potting soil, Jiffy Organic Seed starting Mix and Coconut Coir - CRADLE - I- BELL/EGG(12)

January 16, 2021 - Seed started 8 cells White Star Hybrid Eggplant in egg carton with mix of Sta-Green potting soil, Jiffy Organic Seed starting Mix and Coconut Coir - CRADLE - I- BELL/EGG(12)

January 16, 2021 - Seed started 12 cells White Star Hybrid Eggplant in egg carton with mix of Sta-Green potting soil, Jiffy Organic Seed starting Mix and Coconut Coir - CRADLE - J- EGG(I2)

Temp Sat Jan 16 2021

January 18, 2021 - First few Celebrity Hybrid Tomatoes germinated, 6 days- CRADLE - E-TOM(12)

January 18, 2021 - Rutgers seedlings 15 days after planting and 8 days after germination. About 2.5 inches  Rutgers 15 days after seeding

 

 

 

 

January 20, 2021 -  Potted up 25 Rutgers tomato seedlings (from CRADLE D(TOM)) in 4" pots with sta-Green Container potting soil. Many were from clumps and minimal small.

Still have about 12 to go mostly in clumps. Rutgers tomatoes pot up Jan 20 Etarge   Up potted Rutgers in outside greenhouse

January 19, 2021 - Received Lasko MyHeat 200 watt heater Lasko 200 watt heater  - cost $20. Tried it in greenhouse and raised temp about 5 degrees in 30 minutes as temp outside dropping. Then let it run and it mostly maintained and then started to drop as temp dropped more suddenly outside. 

 

January 21, 2021 - Tried heat lamp from James. Heat very fast, very hot to the touch. Might consider smaller wattage that I could leave on over night

January 22, 2021 - Grow light from Amazon arrived. - Cost $18.00 Grow Light 2 head

January 23, 2021 - Potted up 12 Red Cherry Tomatoes

January 25, 2021 - Received 120 W grow lamp and clamp on fixture from Amazon - Cost $19.  120 Watt Grow light 

January 26, 2021 - Gave outside fence shelf exposure to potted up plants and inside greenhouse exposure

temps outside in high 50's ow 60s maybe 4 hours. Temps in side slightly higher maybe 4 hours

January 27, 2021 - Gave outside fence shelf exposure to potted up plants and inside greenhouse exposure. temps outside in high 50's ow 60s maybe 4 hours. Temps in side slightly higher maybe 4 hours

January 28, 2021 - Gave outside fence shelf exposure to potted up plants and inside greenhouse exposure. temps outside in low 60s to mid 60s maybe 4 hours. Temps in side slightly higher maybe 4 hours

January 28, 2021 - Potted up 12 Celebrity Hybrid tomatoes - CRADLE E - TOM(12) 

Potting Up Celebrity Tomatoes

January 28, 2021 - Potted up 6 Rutgers - remnants of earlier cradle

February 2, 2021 - Received new grow light (yes another one) three head LED from Amazon - cost $25.00

Three head LED Grow light

February 2, 2021 - Potted up 16 pots of Rutgers using just Sta-Green Potting Soil

February 3, 2021 - Purchased a Jiffy Pellet Seed starting kit 25 cells from Walmart - cost $6.00

February 3, 2021 - Received from Amazon 100 6" nursery pots - cost $19.00 ...way too big   

6" Nursery Pots

February 5, 2021 - Received from Amazon 120ct 4" nursery pots cost about $19.00 (went up from before)

February 8, 2021 - Seed started 12 "Sir Crunch A Lot" cucumbers in a Jiffy Seed starting pellet tray - CRADLE J - CUC(25)

February 8, 2021 - Seed started 13 Muncher cucumbers in a Jiffy Seed starting pellet tray - Cradle J - CUC(25)

February 8, 2021 - Potted up into 4" pots 6 very sickly Better Boys

February 8, 2021 - Potted up into 4" pots two very sickly Cherry tomatoes

February 9, 2021 - Second Govee thermometer arrived - cost$10.00

February 9, 2021 - Seed started 12 Patio Snacker Hybrid Cucumbers in egg carton with mix potting soil and Jiffy Seed Starting Mix. - CRADLE K CUC(12)

February 9, 2021 - Potted up 6 new tomatoes from yellow 12 cell carton. Lost label unsure if Rutgers or Cherry.

February 10, 2021 - First few cucumbers in CRADLE J CUC (25) germinated. Lid made askew to allow some air

February 14, 2021 - Beginning of winter storm. Temps down to high twenties with freezing rain moving in. Took most plants from greenhouse to inside apartment.

February 14, 2021 - Most cucumbers in CRADLE K CUC(12) Patio Snacker cucumbers up and growing well. Took remaining greenhouse plants into apartment. Eggplants actually buded

February 15, 2021 - More freezing rain with accumulation. All greens frozen in ice. Temps overnight to mid teens. 

Feb Ice Storm

February 16, 2021 - Temps below freezing all day into night.

Temp Feb 15  

Pulled thermometer out after emptying green house to avoid freezing batteries. Worked at least down to 29 degrees

February 17, 2021 - Temps above freezing after noon and rain. Probably freeze during night.

February 17, 2021 - Lots of tomato plant wilting ....leaves thin and wispy...a couple died. A few kneeled over. Made splint for some but not hopeful

February 17, 2021 - CRADLE J CUC(25) about 10 slightly spindly but still thick. First hint of first leaves. All are the Sir Crunch A Lot hybrids - Not a single Muncher has germinated.

Sir Crunch a lot first leaves

February 20, 2021 - Potted up again about 6 tomatoes from 4" to 6". Major seedling problems. Many have gone limp, many have yellowing leaves and white spots. Sat them outside in sun for a few hours but temps in the 50s. Sat some in the greenhouse for a few hours. Not much rallying noted. Lost about 7 to main stems breaking.

February 21, 2021 - Sunned a few more seedlings. No improvement

February 23, 2021 - Sunned most seedlings. Potted up 4 ore from 4" to 6". Some minor improvement noticed but still losing seedlings daily. Opinions i Louisiana Edibles seem to run that it was light deprivation, salt accumulation and overwatering. Left 5 pots in greenhouse overnight with temps getting down to 40. 

February 24, 2021 - Took most seedlings out for sun although cloudy day. Going to leave most in greenhouse over night. Lows in mid 50s. Should be hard enough. Some are rallying but many are till brittel and drooping. 

February 24, 2021 - Potted up 5 Sir Crunch a Lot cucumbers, 1 Muncher and 3 Patio Snackers.

February 26, 2021  Seed started 18 Cells of Orange Jing Okra - CRADLE L (OKRA)L (Green eggcarton in mix of Jiffy Seed starter and Potting Soil.

February 26, 2021 - Seed started 6 cells of assorted okra A in plastic cone 6 cells with Jiffy Seed starter and Sta Green Potting Soil CRADLE M (OKRA)6

February 26, 2021 - Seed started 6 cells of assorted okra A in plastic cone 6 cells with Jiffy Seed starter and Sta Green Potting Soil CRADLE N (OKRA)6

February 27, 2021 - Seed started 6 cells of Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans in 6 cell plastic sleeve with mix of Jiffy Seed Starter Mix and Sta-Green potting soil. CRADLE O (Beans) 6

February 27, 2021 - Seed started 6 cells of Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans in 6 cell plastic sleeve with mix of Jiffy Seed Starter Mix and Sta-Green potting soil. CRADLE P (Beans) 6

February 27, 2021 - Seed started 6 cells of Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans in 6 cell plastic sleeve with only Sta-Green potting soil. CRADLE Q (Beans) 6

February 27, 2021 - Seed started 12 cells of Better Boys in 2 6 cell sleeves.

February 27, 2021 - Seed started 6 cells of Straight * cucumbers in Jiffy starting mix CRADLE R (Cucs)6

February 27, 2021 - Seed started 6 cells of Straight * cucumbers in Jiffy starting mix CRADLE S (Cucs)6

February 27, 2021 - Potted up 4 Patio Snacker cucumbers into 4" nursery pots Still a few left to pot up

February 28, 2021 - Orange Jing Okra germinating after only 2 days. Other okra not germinating yet

February 28, 2021 - Potted Rutgers up from 4" to 6"

Rotating plants half in greenhouse and half out daily weather permitting. In 80s today....supposed to be in 40s by mid week next week.

February 28  

March 1, 2021 - Straight Eight Cucumbers germinating after 2 days.

March 1, 2021 - Better Boy tomatoes germinating after 2 days

March 3, 2021 - just three other okra germinating after 6 days.

March 4, 2021 - Placed large Lowes order for deliver - Total about $238 includes delivery fee of $65. Estimated arrival March 6. Includes 15 bags of potting soil (7 MG Raised BEd soil and off 7 Sta Green 1.5cu) and 5 bags of pea gravel for green house, 8 concrete pavers and 25 pack of bamboo stakes and one 8' x 8' tarp.

March 4, 2021 - Seed started 6 Spineless Squash in mixture of Jiffy Starting soil and potting soil in six cell plastic pot.

March 4, 2021 - Seed started 2 six cell nursery pots of Orange Jing Okra in Jiffy Starting Soil and potting soil.

March 4, 2021 - Seed started 12 cells of summer squash in egg carton in Jiffy starting Mix and potting soil. 

March 5, 2021 - Tomato seedling/plant inventory not counting seedling trays

   4" pots - 60, 6" pots 25        Rutgers 48, Red Cherry 11, Celebrity 8, Better Boy 7, lost marker - 11

   About 10 of these are marginal and may not grow. There are about 12 Better Boys in plastic seed trays 

March 7, 2021 - Squash up (only three days) and New Orange Ting Okra up

Squash up 

March 9, 2021 - Order from Lowes arrived. 

Lowes order March 9

March 9, 2021 - Stephen Wolf from Facebook delivered me 5 pallets. Refused money for gas.

March 10, 2021 - Amazon order with 10 grow bags (5 gallon) arrived - Cost $20.00 (good deal)

March 10, 2021 - Laid down old wooden bed frame with brick underneath to make sled for fabric pots. 

March 10, 2021 - Transplanted first plants of the season. Tomatoes

March 10, 2021 - Set 8 pavers (2 on corners and 6 in middle) and laid down 3 bags of pea gravel in Green House.

Pea gravel and pavers in greenhuse 

March 11, 2021 - Transplanted more tomatoes and cucumbers.

March 11, 2021 - Laid down large pallet in back corner for cucs and tomatoes.

Back sled for cucs and tomatoes 

March 11, 2021 - Sawed part of slats off pallet and made a runner 20" x 60" for cucumbers.

side sled for cucs 

March 12, 2021 - Transplanted more tomatoes ...by noon up to 17 and five cucumbers with three of those having multiple plants. all Sir Crunch a Lot except one cruncher.

main tomato sled with tomatoes

March 12, 2021 - Up potted 6 Straight Eight cucumbers, 9 Better Boys and one one Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean. All to 4" pots except the Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean.

Up potting Straight 8s March 12 

March 25, 2021 - I have missed several days of updating. To catch up I have expanded the pallets as walkways and added a second pallet by the gate. My Friend SW took me to Lowes to get 6 foot Tee Posts. I bought 6 at about $7 per and $6 worth (50ft) of laundry cord for a Florida Weave. I have made a two foot up Florida Weave on two rows of Indeterminate tomatoes (Rutgers and Red Cherries)

March 25 state of garden

MArch 25th corrected diagram

Inventory transplanted as of March 25th  is 

  • Spineless Squash - 1
  • Summer Squash - 1
  • Orange Jing Okra - 3
  • Rutgers Tomatoes - 14
  • Celebrity Tomatoes - 7
  • Better Boy Tomatoes - 3
  • Red Cherry Tomatoes - 7
  • Muncher Cucumbers -2
  • Patio Snacker Cucumbers 3
  • Straight 8 Cucumbers - 3
  • Sir Crunch a Lot Cucumbers - 4

March 29, 2021 - Numerous tomato buds, blossoms and fruit spotted.

April 2, 2021 - Cold temps to 39 and high winds. Killed or damaged most cucumbers on sled by patio. Moved them inside. Covered tomatoes on sled other side of greenhouse with plastic sheeting. Covered cucumbers on other side of greenhouse with plastic sheeting. Both did fine. Moved peppers and eggplants inside after first night. They wilted and looked dead but came back. Several Straight Eight cucumbers died.

April 6, 2021 - Purchased 6 large rebar type landscape staples. Drove them into ground over greenhouse frame.Cost $20

April 8, 2021 - Installed drip irrigation system with timer for 20 containers.Raindrip kit $32.00

April 11, 2021 -  Received Natria Neem Oil and applied - Cost $11.00

April 15, 2021 - Harvested first cucumber - 6" Sir Crunch A Lot