Saturday, April 10, 2010
Reviving My System
Here's a young datil pepper in it's new home, a 5 gallon bucket filled with a mix of bare naked sand from the artifact dig mixed with some homemade compost and topped with a 6 inch layer of commercial potting mix.
This is a grape tomato hybrid ...Jelly Bean...Jubilee ... something like that.
Tomatoes seem to struggle in my ground between deer, disease, etc. So these are bucket bound.
The sweet white dog in the pic is "Lady", the neighbor's dog and a love interest of "Bear".
She just dropped in for a visit and a tummy rub as I was finishing up yesterday.
The "system" looks like this.
Years ago, I had it set up with drip irrigation and grew some peppers this way. Later, I planted a grape vine too close and just let it take over the shelf as a trellis.
When I first used this system, I used the typical black growing pots and I think they just got too hot in the Florida sun. Last year I grew my datils in white buckets and the soil mix I just described and they made me swarms of peppers. Those buckets sat in the back of a broken down truck near the barn and they did so well, I decided to cut the grape vine way back and seize control of it again.
My seatbelt system.
The old drip tubing is cut away and the white pvc carries water but, not yet to these plants.
I will be picking up a little bit of drip stuff soon and hooking this up the rest of the way.
I will update you as the system progresses ... or regresses ... you know how gardening goes.
If you are local, be sure and hit the Spring Art Festival in Gainesville this weekend and look for the Southern Sisters booth.
Mrs. FC will be there with her posse slinging some amazing food. Yesterday she baked a couple of Key Lime cakes and about three Buttermilk Walnut pies.
That's not the whole menu, but as official taste tester, I can vouch for these two items!