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> How does your (absinthe) garden grow?
Jaded Prole
post Mar 16 2016, 08:09 PM
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Any local youngsters you can hire to clean it up?


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post Mar 16 2016, 08:18 PM
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post Mar 17 2016, 12:28 PM
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I've heard of people covering their garden area with a sheet of clear plastic for a couple weeks in the early spring and letting the sun 'cook' the weeds to death.


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post Mar 19 2016, 02:59 AM
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That might work if I started earlier.


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post Jan 9 2017, 03:05 PM
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I'm still looking for someone in the northern states to grow Pontica for me, I can't get enough. Anyone up around 40 latitude or north of that could probably do it.


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post Jan 9 2017, 04:07 PM
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I can say from experience it grows real well in the Puget Sound area.


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post Jan 21 2017, 05:14 AM
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I started tissue culturing it today. This being my first time to try this, I don't know if it will work or not. The plants I have are in complete dormancy but I managed to find a few shoots which were super small, but green and alive.

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post Jan 21 2017, 04:37 PM
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Good luck and welcome back!
Know anyone who can grow it on a large scale?


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post Jan 21 2017, 09:19 PM
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If it doesn't grow, and it's not because the cultures were contaminated or something, I would bet you would have better luck waiting till the plants start to grow in the spring.
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post Jan 22 2017, 12:03 AM
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Yes, not the best timing. The tissue culture media has a shooting hormone in it and the lighting has bumped up to 16 hours. All I need is for one of them to take then I can use that as the mother clone. to make more.


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post Jan 28 2017, 10:14 AM
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Well, 8 days later and out of the 11 cultures, only one ended up contaminated. About half of them show clear and obvious grown so it looks good so far:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPzczCDlt7h/


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post Jan 28 2017, 03:49 PM
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Very nice!


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post Jan 28 2017, 04:32 PM
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Neato


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post Feb 12 2017, 01:17 PM
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Week 3 - I started with eleven cultures and am now down to five. Three eventually became infected, and the other three didn't take. The remaining five cultures are super strong and taking off and producing lots of shoots. This hormone I'm using produces shoots, not roots. Probably around week six I'll use one of those to create a few new mother plants, then split the rest into test tubes without the shoot hormone to grow individual plant-lets with roots.

I should have dozens of these things in a few months from now.

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I caught a wild swarm of bees. After baiting some boxes with lemon grass the bees showed up, a few at a time, measuring the box, one day it was chilly and wet and I saw no bees, 10 minutes later there were about 30,000 bees swirling around my head, within minutes they all landed on a low branch of my apple tree. I set a box under them and with bare hands I grabbed the ball of bees and pushed them down into the box, when they dropped it was like a 30 pound bag of sand hitting the box, whoosh!
Now they are rolling into the hive, carrying so much pollen they can hardly fly, landing and rolling.
My first hive was bought and they weren't strong enough to defend themselves, when the weather started to warm, the hundreds of bees I was seeing at the hive weren't mine, they were robbers, robbing all the food and possibly recruiting my bees, it looked good but turned out it was very bad.


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