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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fat Fruit Friday # 6 - Going potty!

 Not the same one my american daughter-in-law means, 
when she asks my grandson if he wants to, 'go potty?'
And I don't mean POTTY 
as in dotty, silly, insane...
although any, or all, of these could apply.

I am talking potty mixes...or as you may refer to them,
Potting Mixes.

I am loving science in my Fat Fruit Greenhouse.

Here are the first of my experiments.
Following the progress of the plants, in and out of the greenhouse, 
and evaluating the performance of the various potting mixes 
will be interesting.

Like a real scientist, I have planned my experiments with one variable
(i.e. same plants, same pots, same potting mix but in a different location - in greenhouse/not in greenhouse. Or same plants, same location, different potting mix formula.)  
Some plants and seeds have been also planted in the garden beds...
these are my 'control groups'.

Seedling producers are making it easier for us scientists. by providing these mixed punnets.
These were perfect for my experiments.
I have planted one of each variety, 
in the same soil mix, and the same type and size pot.
One will be living inside the greenhouse 
and one outside.

Ooops!...the eggplants didn't make it into the experiments.
Goats, again!

Formula #1 - (20 October)
50% cheap potting mix
50% well rotted manure
Added blood and bone.

All seedlings and seeds in the greenhouse
  • Grafted Grosse Lisse tomato
  • Early money tomato
  • Egg plants (grown from seed - can't remember the type)
  • Watermelon 
On the left: tomato - early money
Right - tomato - grafted gross lisse.
Both in IKEA self watering pots, which I already owned.

Formula #2 - (23 Oct)
70% good quality potting mix 
25% well rotted compost
5% river gravel/sand

Seedlings in greenhouse
  • Tomato - Early money (will be able to compare with same variety in Formula #1)
  • Chilli - black pearl
  • Chilli - habenero heat
Chilli - Black pearl
The second set of tiered shelves from the greenhouse
being used outside.
Inside the greenhouse

Formula #3 - (23 Oct)
Good potting mix only
Seedlings in self watering pots in green house AND outside, AND in garden bed.
  • Capsicum - Yolo Wonder
  • Capsicum - Sweet Mumma
Capsicum's  eye-view of the sky, through the greenhouse roof.
There are some Broad Ripple tomatoes in that hanging basket.
I grew these from Diggers' seed, from a plant found growing
in a crack in the footpath in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis.
How could I resist that?  The above mentioned D.I.L.,
lovely son, only granddaughter and Mr Muscle 
live in Indianapolis.
Formula #4 - (23 Oct)
70 % well rotted compost
20 % good potting mix 
10% river gravel/stones 10%

Seedlings in the greenhouse AND in same type of containers outside.
  • Capsicum - Big Bertha (I am a bit scared of her!)
  • Capsicum - Cherry Pick
  • Capsicum - Golden Bell
  • Cucumber - Crystal apple (also in garden bed)
Seeds (24 Oct)
  • Canteloupe/rock melon
  • Salad mix (Goodman seeds, corn salsd, mizuna,  mibuna, spinach, lettuce, rocket)
  • Beetroot - crimson globe (Mr Fothergills) - also in garden 3 days earlier.
  • Spring onion - white lisbon (Mr Fothergils) - also in garden 3 days earlier.
Just greenhouse
  • Chilli - Ever bearing perennial - Rainbow Chilli.
I will have to become a chilli fan,
with gorgeous bejeweled specimens like this one.
And even though it may look like it...
it is NOT plastic!

I have put in a path with some pavers I had on hand.  The black is weed mat
and I will be adding gravel eventually.  I am holding off on the garden bed for a while.
Daniel is working on something else to go in the green house, and I am not sure
of the layout and where everything will go yet.  Stay is an exciting development.

There is a way to go, before the greenhouse begins to live up to its name and is full of fat fruit. 

But, I am sure you will agree, that progress is being made!


  1. Yep, definitely progress. The chance to carry out such scientific controlled experiments must be exciting. BTW: I love that Rainbow chilli.

  2. Good stuff Hazel, this is going to be fun.

    BTW, please tell The Cook the broad bean pasta last nigh was scrumptious.

  3. i Dreamt of you and the cook(even thou I don;t know either of you at all in person) I dreamt we where paddling in a motorized canoe but we had gone to far and the cook was upset cause we had to get home to get scones made LOLOL
    those chilli's look beautiful the GH is lookiong Gorg

  4. how exciting! Experiments in the garden are fun!

    Gosh you are growing so many capsicums! What are you going to do with them all?

  5. Thanks for giving us such a great shot of the inside of the greenhouse, it looks awesome. It's a bit hard to wrap my brain around your season just beginning. I was trying to figure out what it would take to grow peppers in the winter. Duh.

  6. I'm worrying excited by this experiment - I will be following avidly. I would have also been interested in a straight comparison of cheap potting mix vs expensive potting mix (both with added fertiliser). But perhaps thats my skinflint side coming through....With this in mind I will be particularly interested to see how Formula 4 goes.

  7. Dont be scared of big Bertha, I grow her every year here and she has never been anything but lovely big, red and me...


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