March 28, 2022
by dhoytt
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2022 Vegetable Garden in Pool Ready Good Food Weekend Done

Finished my custom pvc pipe tomato trellises for now. I even added some more vegetables to my already over crowded vegetable garden when I couldn’t find poblano\ancho chilli pepper plants sprouting in my garden. I picked up some poblano\ancho peppers, Fresno peppers and another habanero pepper plant as well putting them in various spots.

I went to the old traditional pool store I had used for most of the time the past 25 years until they consolidated to one store in 2009. This store was quite a bit further out than the second store they had they closed and picked up some pool filters, I left my automatic pool vacuum to be repaired as well. I normally do repairs myself on my pool vacuum but with supply chain slow downs and no time I let them do it. They also had the filters no one else had in stock locally. After finishing vacuuming all the dirt from my garden excursions that collected on the pool bottom and some shock treatments, getting my pool salt content up to what it should be making sure the chlorinator was working the pool water is looking inviting! Once the pool gets a bit more warm I will start up my pool workouts doubling my cardio from treadmill sessions and eventually back to my road courses.

This week I picked up whole chicken as my protein of the week. I fire cooked with pellet apple wood on one of my Traeger grills after a nice 24 hour plus brine. The cook went well and the chicken was tender after letting it rest for awhile with the juices pouring out when cut. Even the breast meat was as juicy as a thigh. I ate with some store bought lobster ravioli and shrimp in garlic sauce along with some collard greens from my garden.

On my pvc pipe trellises I used tie wraps and heavy duty rubber bands made to resist heat and outside weather. On one row I will use traditional wired tomato baskets to test against my custom trellises This also satisfies my mission not to have useful things around the yard not being utilized and in my way.

I already have lots of tomato blooms and one beefsteak tomato on one plant. I should start seeing produce from recent plants as soon as two weeks. My transplants from the previous season are already producing as they recover, especially the herbs.

March 27, 2022
by dhoytt
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Brisket 2 Weeks Ago Various Dishes

Picked up a small brisket from Costco a couple of weeks ago, injected it with a custom beef enhancing mix and rubbed it down with my custom beef rub. I smoked this baby on my Traeger pellet smoker starting Friday into Saturday evening using hickory pellets.

Over the week I made sandwiches, various breakfast treats but the best leftover meal I made was beef stroganoff with the tacos being almost as good. The spaghetti brisket with marinara sauce wasn’t a hit, not bad just not the right sauce with a smoked brisket.

March 20, 2022
by dhoytt
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Experimenting with New DIY Trellises in Garden

Below I have some DIY trellis pictures I am trying out to grow my vegetables vertical this year with several varieties. I want some sturdy trellises that will fit the dimensions of my garden so DIY is the key. Most trellises from the stores have cheap connections and aren’t the correct dimensions nor are they adjustable like I intend my trellises to be. plus cost a lot more than they are worth.

I think I will go with four 5 foot 3/4/ inch PVC braced at the top with 1/2″ PVC and plastic stakes with flexible metal core at 9″intervals for my tomatoes. I played with drilling in the PVC pipes and threading the flexible plastic stakes with the metal core through the PVC pipes and then tying them off with Velcro. I will not be drilling through the PVC using that technique it took too long and the PVC chipped off or broke a time or two.

March 7, 2022
by dhoytt
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The 2022 Vegetable Garden is Officially Started

On the larger west part of my garden, I got the whole garden foundation set finally. After nearly emulsifying the soil, roots, and remaining plants that I didn’t transplant I made rows and redid the drip system Sunday. I ended up making 12 inch rows with 10 inches between the rows to get my cultivator through later when I want to get weeds easily and also so I can service the crops and remove weeds from on top of the rows with ease. This year I wanted to try some ¼” soaker hoses instead of my typical drip fittings with sprayers and bubblers. I ended up running them both in parallel with a water faucet splitter to go back and forth and test with. Should this work, I will use on the other side of the garden as well. The goal is to use less water and let the water soak in the soil and hope the roots go deeper to get the water. So far it seems the soaker puts a lot of pressure on the system and comes out way too slowly. I switched over to my old system for the night and foreseeable future until I can test some more. I ended planting dill, yellow bell peppers, poblano peppers, jalapeno peppers, Ichiban eggplants, summer squash, black beauty squash, 2x yellow pear tomato plants, 2x red cherry tomato plants, celebrity tomato plant, minefield tomatoes, Bok hoi, more Swiss chard, mixed salad greens, more sage, and bush beans I also started from seed, mustard greens, spinach mustard greens, beets, turnips, burgundy gush beans, bush beans, peas, potatoes, and red onions. I think I missed some plants and seeds that I planted but will list them later. I still have some areas to fill in and have some more tomato plants from a discount six pack. That’s way too many tomatoes but will find a way to utilize them. For now, I will turn my attention to cleanup and building some DIY trellises to grow my squash and cucumbers vertically this year to save space in the garden. I will use pvc pipe and fittings that I already have plus another 10 feet I got from the store to cut up. I did some vertical gardening last year.  It’s going to get interesting I even used my GoPro camera to show some footage of making my rows. Boring I know but I must use that equipment sometime since I haven’t been fishing. I have been waiting to finish this post until it finished joining the various video chapters into one video but it’s taking too long and I’m going to bed.
The rows are made 12 inches wide and 10 inches in between for my cultivator to remove weeds in the future.
Laying out plants and seeds prior to planting for planning purposes.
Faucet splitter I’m using to test out 1/4″ soaker hoses and my normal drip layout.
Everything laid out for now.
The other side of the garden currently with my replants not recovered yet.

March 5, 2022
by dhoytt
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Vegetable Garden Getting Closer to Finish

This is the weekend to get this vegetable garden in full gear. Check out the changes as I get the garden set. I chopped up the roots pulled some weeds and the pesky mint plants and roots. I then threw some mulch into the mix with the rototiller. I also got a chance to use my new electric cordless 80v Kobalt cultivator that I just picked up.

I took the 5HP Intek Crafstman rototiller down 2 feet to turnover the soil and chop things up going over the garden twice, then a 3rd and 4th time to get the mulch mixed in.

Next to get the rows in and this year I will try out some 1/4″ soaker hoses on my drip system to see if they can lay between the rows and still effectively water the plants. I’m thinking this will get the roots to go deeper and help me use less water as well.Many plants will do well without getting the leaves wet constantly I believe. I tried this years ago at this house and about 15 – 25 years ago at my other house I used a 3/4″ soaker hose connected to my hose pipe controlled by a mechanical timer.

March 5, 2022
by dhoytt
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Back With The Strong Snakeice House of Beats Stream

As noted on https://dhoytt.com/mainblog/ I updated my dhoytt.com Linux web server, my Snakeice House of Beats W2019 Data Center music streaming server, my Linux IceCast and ShoutCast streaming servers with the latest security patches. I also updated several other backgrounds servers.

I also updated the CMS WordPress to the latest version along with the plugins and themes.

Added some new songs to the rotation and just letting the music ring out.

March 4, 2022
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Dhoytt.com System Updates

I updated my dhoytt.com Linux web server, my W2019 Data Center music streaming server, my Linux IceCast and ShoutCast streaming servers with the latest security patches. I also updated several other backgrounds servers.

I also updated the CMS WordPress to the latest version along with the plugins and themes.

February 27, 2022
by dhoytt
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2022 Vegetable Garden Started with Replants

Contending with rototiller issues not off to a smooth start with the vegetable garden so went with a different approach this year. The rototiller stalled on the east part of the garden last week so after the small engine came by again I finished turning over the dirt in that part of the garden.

I then made some rough rows moved some transplants from the west part of the vegetable garden to the east. I set my drip system back up and we will see how my transplants do! I have had good results with transplants in the past as long as there’s green in the stem and roots.

The transplants were jalapeno, poblano, chili relleno, habanero, bell peppers. I also transplanted collard greens and Swiss chard.

I have a bunch of seedlings yet to plant so stay tuned.

Bizarre looking start to this years vegetable garden.

January 28, 2022
by dhoytt
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Late Night Friday Crazy Then Mellow

Hitting the end of the night and already in the midst of a nice selected flow of wild, fun and music.

Some of the artists list will be Lil Kim, Valerie June, Zapp and Roger, Mellow Man Ace, Metallica, Young Thug, Tinashe, George Benson etc.

What a nice mix of genre’s who wants just one genre or one era of music?!

January 19, 2022
by dhoytt
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Security Patch Updates Music Servers

Installed a plethora of Windows 2019 Data Center updates on the music server that hosts the music stream. I also decided to update the system with the IceCast and ShoutCast relays which is a Linux Fedora 34 system.