Saturday, August 11, 2018

How to stop birds from eating your grapes -- Grapevine pest management

A few days after visiting the vineyard and counting my chickens before they hatched, my buddy sends me a photo of the Pinot Noir vine. The birds had stripped that plant clean! Time for action...

Sunday, August 5, 2018

DWC Growth Log -- Week of 7/28

Growth in the deep water culture system for the week starting July 28. System is regrowing basil after a heavy cut back.
July 28

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Grape Harvest Preview 2018

Checked in on the grapevines this Sunday. I took a look to see how they've been ripening up and to predict the date of the harvest. This analysis was performed using both color of grape and a taste test if the cluster looked ripe enough. From some lessons learned the past two years, I'm leaving the fruit on the vine longer as the previous estate blends (2016, 2017) have turned up very acidic.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

DWC Growth Log -- Week of 7/21

Growth in the deep water culture system for the week starting July 21. The system has recovered from the previous harvests and has started producing a lot of greens.

Came back from a weekend trip to see the newest lettuce looking scrawny. Topped up the reservoir with water for now.
July 23
July 24
Harvested a bunch of Bok Choy and Swiss Chard. Delicious lunch time snack!
July 24 Harvest
July 24 After Harvest
Lettuce wasn't looking too good so I topped up the reservoir with more nutrient solution to see if it would recover.
July 25
July 26
On the last day of the week, harvested a bunch of basil so it would start regrowing. The leaves were crowding out the plants around them.
July 27
July 27 Basil and Bok Choy harvest
July 27 After Harvest

Monday, July 16, 2018

DIY Indoor DWC Hydroponic System Build

Since moving into a condo with no real land to garden in, I've really been dreading not having fresh vegetables right outside. I did manage to bring one of my containers, but there is very little space in the little "front yard". Not to mention, it being northfacing, it receives minimal sunlight. There's other problems too, such as some local pests. I've caught frogs chomping on my Chard and seedlings, and aphids have colonized the Kale plants I have inside it.
In my new place, I did have quite a bit of real estate in my bathroom, which I was previously using to store the fermenters for my Kolsch. I figure there would be enough space here to do some indoor gardening.