Hi guys - Late Covid/Apocalypse Edition

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  1. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    I'm still here. I need to update this web site but I hadn't even logged in for months. Terrible year eh. Glad to see some familiar faces.

    I just wanted to post something because I haven't for a while.

    Other than work from home since March w/ my GF and some health problems in my family, I've just been doing a bit of gardening and started some hydroponics stuff. Much of this is being grown in recycled / free containers like glass aquariums, fish bowls, 5 gallon buckets and jars. I also made a couple higher-tech ones from plastic tubs and air pumps but the majority of these are growing using the sun and no electricity. I started this in May I believe and have eaten quite a bit from my yard now. Mostly pesto, stir fry, salads, misc. herbs and tomatoes and peppers for sandwiches etc. I'm still a newbie but thought some of you might want to see...

    I plan to grow a lot of stuff indoors this winter and build some proper raised beds and better infrastructure for the hydroponic stuff. I find it very interesting and I'm sort of anxious just thinking about how much more I could be doing / how I'm doing so much wrong etc.

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  2. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Hi Dan. Nice peppers.
    Yeah, this year has been the worst for gardening....extreme drought and no bees to pollinate anything.
    This year has been rough in just about all other areas too. It's one for the history books.
  3. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Nice to hear from you. ... though technically, I guess this is more "reading from you" than "hearing from you." ;)
  4. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    What hydro are you growing in the back?
  5. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Hydro lettuce, chard, basil, a couple types of bell peppers, banana peppers, cucumber, and bok choi. I did have dill, cilantro, squash and tomatoes, too, but found they're just easier in soil.
  6. JZL

    JZL Ministry of Whack

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    Gawddamn I'm hungry now.
  7. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    Two days in a row it’s hit 106F here. California is burning down ugh. I’ve lived here 12 years and haven’t seen anything like this in my neck of the woods.

    Good weather for peppers and this was before the two peak days.

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    I didn’t want to turn on the oven or stove, so I made gazpacho from the garden. I had a ton of cherry tomatoes, a big cucumber, the peppers and basil/cilantro. Not a bad start. It made a nice chilled soup for a 100F dinner :(

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  8. Commissar Smersh

    Commissar Smersh 2020 Staff Member

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    Oh man, I am officially jelly of that garden setup. Hoping we can lock down a place this year and get a yard/basement to get my setup going.

    Totally feel you all on the weather, it’s been 90s-100 for what feels like months straight now. Now, of course with 2 weeks left in summer, it’s below freezing and has been snowing since 6 am. Yesterday was 95. W. T. F.

    @mistawiskas how’s the Medford area doing with your apocalyptic red skies?
  9. tweakmonkey

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    Saw news this morning that fires are terrorizing Medford/Ashland area and the damage sounds pretty serious :( I know wiskas lives in Grants Pass which is a fair distance from there but he was my first thought. I hope you’re OK buddy.
  10. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Sorry for the late post. This year sux balz. Pandemic, unemployed, retired, wife's surgery, the fires with intermittent power surges and outages which destroyed 2 Hard drives (2 Tb of all of my backups and biz files) and power supply...............it's been a rough year.
    I live 30 miles north of Phoenix and Talent. 2800+ buildings destroyed. In all of the state - 2 million acres of the best Oregon had to offer.....now gone.
    Last year I lost my current hunting grounds to the fires. This year the whole state was at least at a level one evacuation.
    I've lived through a lot of wildfire threats but this year is exponentially worse than ever before. 2 days ago I got up, went out for my morning Jo and
    couldn't believe it. The fragrance of the forest rather than smoke! We had 2 solid weeks of hazardous air quality.

    The drought and heat this year, has made gardening near impossible. Not even weeds would grow. It was however, a banner year for peaches.
    I just put up 36 quarts of peaches and 2 gallons of frozen peaches for pies.