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Old 05-21-2013, 08:15 PM   #41
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In the first picture,
Towards the back are cascades. (1ft -2.5ft) They were the first out of the ground and about 10/25 got straight mowed over by rats. As you can see they are coming back strong anyways.
The ones that are considerably smaller and towards the back half of the truck are horizon. The horizon only sprouted up a few weeks ago and has recently started exploded. They are short and stalky but are shooting up bines everywhere. I have them in my truck so that I can move it to a more shaded area on a really hot day and so there mobile for when I start putting them in the ground.

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It is just another look at the same plants but in this pic you can see the centennial towards the very back (last two rows). These bines came out of the ground right after the cascades but then seemed to hit a wall with their growth. Actually a lot of the first shoots that came out started dieing and then new growth came up and now they are looking pretty good.

I need to get better pictures but right now its hard because of the different areas they are in currently. I have an area where I started them all that was fenced in, there is a 100 plants total with a few extras of each. All plants have started growing except for about 14 zeus. Zeus has been the hardest one to get to grow and then when it does finally come out of the ground it seems to have a little bit of a hard time before getting situated. So to say the least I am hoping to nurse the Zeus through this first year. I think it was just a plant that focused on its root system first because the bines that do come up are way thicker then any other of my variations. (Cascade(25), Centennial(25), Horizon(25), Zeus(25)).

This whole process from GLH crowns to actual plants has been a long road of getting the trellis and area ready for where these plants are going to be going and also maintaining the plants to make sure they are growing good. I just started last week giving some of the more established plants Humboldt nutrients which I have been very happy with in the past.

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Old 05-23-2013, 05:09 PM   #42
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Here are some more pics of some of the plants. The taller one is cascade.
The rest of the pics are just to give a better idea of what the grow area looks like also our anchors.

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Old 05-23-2013, 05:11 PM   #43
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Here are some more pictures to check out.

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Old 05-23-2013, 11:58 PM   #44
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Just ordered some of this organic paper with some neutral fertilizer built in.
Im going to be using it to cover the mounds instead of traditional mulch.
http://www.weedguardplus.com/products.php?cat=10

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Old 05-29-2013, 11:00 PM   #45
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Question for you guys, I started working on my irrigation last weekend and so far all I have done is ran 1/2 black drip line down each row suspended about a foot above my mounds. I already bought 4gph emitters, and have plenty of 1/4 dripline. Should I just use the 4gph emitters or go for something slower like 2gph for a better controlled soak?
I was just going to have one emmiter per plant but can do more if needed. I am on a well and have two tanks so water isn't much of an issue.

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Old 05-30-2013, 11:19 PM   #46
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Depends on your soil texture..what mixture of clay/loam/sand. Figure that out and then I would suggest either calling the drip emitter company with that info or a UC extension office (youre in CA, right?) The UC extension offices are basically a govt-run agency to help farmers out.

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Old 06-05-2013, 05:18 PM   #47
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I took your advice and got some info. I will just be using adjustable emitters (1-10gph).
Here is a updated picture. Everything is all done finally!!! We are planting this weekend. Our plan was to plant last weekend but I want the root balls to get a little drier first.

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Old 06-07-2013, 03:04 PM   #48
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Looking good. What type of cover did you put over the hills?

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Old 06-09-2013, 11:11 PM   #49
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Thanks!
We used a organic paper that is biodegradable and as it breaks down it also releases 5-5-5.
it was $150 for 500 feet. This is the link to the company who makes it, pretty cool stuff.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:12 PM   #50
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I know I have been bad about uploading pictures as this project has been in process and that's because of how busy we have been. Well we finally finished about a week and a half ago. All plants are in the ground and the trellis is all done so because I have been about uploading pictures up on here I decided to do kind of a grand finale of pictures and will continue to post pictures of the plants growing as they come along. Thanks for all the help!

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