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28
Oct
17

hydroponic update

pictures taken OCT 20

Even at this date the outdoor hydroponic DWC still provides us with tomatoes and also a few flowering brassica leaves and tatsoi leaves for greens. One tomato plant still going. I’ve pinched off growth of the tomatoes since any new flowers won’t have time to develop into fruit outdoors.

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flowering brassica

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flowering brassica, tomato and tatsoi

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some  green tomatoes on the vine

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a few each day are harvested as they turn ripe and a few outer leaves of the greens are used for soups and salads

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tatsoi does well hydroponically

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more greens

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meanwhile indoors, using LED lighting seeds are started

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using rockwool Grodan cubes, basil and rosemary are started with kale and tatsoi, a bit leggy on the greens, probably should heighten the lighting. These have been transferred to net pots since the picture was taken. Hydroponic works for me, unfortunately there are some who associate hydroponics with only cannabis  growing IMO.

another use for the tomatoes

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21
Oct
17

on the rhode

Rhode Island

Farmers market, Cranston RI.,Wrights Diary Farm North Smithfield RI., Not shown, Sunset Orchid Farm, Scituate, (apples, cider, and pastry)

Getting close to peak foliage, fresh produce available in the city farmers market, coffee and donuts/baked goods  available  for breakfast while you shop on a cool, quickly warming morning.

Fruit from other farms in the North along with fresh baked goods!

 

 

 

03
Oct
17

Back of the house, hydroponic update

A sunny warm beginning to October, usually cooler in the early hours now, but not that crisp colder fall weather yet.

The DWC hydroponic has produced some greens , flowering brassicas and tat soi , the tomatoes have produced grape like clusters and with the beginning of cool weather pinching back any new growth. A clear type covering to the system in consideration to extend the growing season before it’s brought indoors. The outside limit will be the temperature of course anything near freezing the DWC will moved indoors. More greens should be started indoors.


For all you hydroponic geeks out there, I usually keep the PPM nutrient level now to about 900 to 1200, at the most bi weekly nutrient flush saponin.

Bonus pictures:

A simple chicken salad , Diane’s

Toasted, morning toast with onion, garlic and ginger butter, Good Morning!

window sash

12
Sep
17

Habanero paste/ chicken strips

From the farmers market what to do with the large bag of assorted color habanero hot peppers ?  The purchase from farmers market gives you fresh produce and as you would pick from your own garden the shelve life is short, shorter than that of the supermarket variety, that is the peak of freshness only last so long after picking.

Vendors  sometimes offer various spice pastes and jellies at some of the farmers markets , so I took a cue and blended some habanero paste. Some of the other Habaneros were blanched and frozen.

Somewhat a mix by eye of the red/orange  hot peppers, leeks, garlic, and ginger.
Pulse to a fine mince than add olive oil/vinegar and or sweetener to taste to bind and process to pasty consistency.


Store in a jar , refrigerated for use. Can be used as a dip, very very spicy hot. Most often I use  for  a paste as a marinade, adding some items such  as onions, wine and vinegar . Indian/oriental  spices can also be an addition.

Sliced chicken strips from chicken breast are a example. Treat with the paste mixture , let sit several hours and broil or grill outdoors. A dipping sauce would be a good finish but I found them to be tasty without. 


Wrap in lettuce leaves with some grains for a spicy treat. Some chicken was plain with BBQ sauce for those unaccustomed  to the heat of the Habaneros.

31
Aug
17

Shopping 

Farmers market, Providence, Thursday 



30
Jul
17

Green Chili Tomato Jam

Adapted from blog Cooking without Limits

Substituted a few ingredients for a savory chili sauce\ jam.

Rough measurements, and by taste to get a sweet\sour taste.

Very  good use for tomato and hot peppers.

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Green jalapeno peppers with seeds…  about 125 grams, processed in a food processor

white sugar……. 68 grams

apple cider vinegar …. about 51 ml

bottled lemon juice and peeled processed orange  combination ….. 2 tablespoons more or less

Tomatoes, cherry/grape type  is what I have harvested recently.

Pour the vinegar, sugar, orange and lemon juice in a pan

boil for 5 minutes, add the hot  peppers, Add tomato (amount by eye) to achieve and desired consistency.

Cook on low heat to thicken, adjust measurements if necessary, place in jar, cool and refrigerate.

Due to the size of the tomatoes, the sauce has a high concentration of seeds versus pulp. A good condiment to have on hand not only for toast etc. but a cooking ingredient for sauces and marinades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29
Apr
17

Garden 2017

With a LED grow light, tomatoes were started indoor several weeks ago with good results. Now set out into the warm sunshine outdoors. Seeds started in Grodan Rock wool grow plugs and placed into the lava rock net pots. A small heating pad was used. Some buds already forming.


Already the need for trellising.


5 sites for tomato and one for greens, at right. Tomatoes are a mix of  Burpee and High Mowing Organic small container sized tomatoes, same as last year.

The PVC pipe constructed tomato tower. Better than the rigging I had in the past. Let’s see if they get to the top , 7 ft height.

Setup is hydroponic DWC , 6 site. Easy to tend to , no watering or weeding required (just the mixing of nutrients and changing periodically).

The small 12 site NFT system also in the works for greens under construction.




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