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JamesMusslewhite last won the day on February 17 2016

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About JamesMusslewhite

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    Horticulture, Agriculture, computers, farming, fishing, scuba, hiking, sight seeing, making local friends, hugging my wife, and raising lobsters

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  1. Well as promised I am updating the thread. We went to the Cebu branch of the US embassy and paid for the passport renewals for both my wife and I on the 25th of March and yesterday April 20th Air21 called to inform us the package had arrived here in Surigao City. My wife happened to be in town conducting business so she dropped into their office and picked the passports up. There was an additional fee of 120p for each passport (240p total) at the point of pickup and the processing and delivery of the two passports took less than 5 weeks. Simple and easy and I did not have to deal with the hassle of dealing with Manila. Service rates 2-thumbs
  2. Been rather on hold for close to 6 months now, mostly due to a death in my partner's family, a small typhoon, 2 quakes ( 7.2, 5.9 quake and of course our rainy season. The crew was need in the city for the three natural events and the death of my partner's mother due to their needed skills. The rainy season made it too problematic for boating heavy materials and workers to-and-from the island and the mainland because of the high winds and choppy waters. The foul weather has finally passed so we will now start to transport the rest of the few ceramic tiles and sacks of cement and washed sand. The crew have almost finished all the damage done by the quakes at my partner's compound so the workers will be freed to concentrate on finishing the installation of ceramic tile linings of the saltwater tanks and to start the project of repairing several of the facility's weight bearing columns that experienced structural damage during the two quakes. I am presently locating all the needed 12v/24v DC water pumps and aerators as well as all the odd PVC pipe fittings, rubber Uniseals and large micro-bubble air stones as they are really not readily available here. Those Items will need to be purchased in the US and mailed to my son in Austin so they can be packed into Balikbayan boxes and shipped here. Most of all the other needed items for the facility can be easily found here. With luck by late Summer I will have saltwater circulating in all the saltwater tanks so I can begin all the planktonic algae cultures needed to feed the various zooplankton (rotifers, copepods and decapods) and artemia (brine shrimp). This will all need to be in operation before I even think of housing breeder pairs in the facility. I hope to be setup by this time next year and have my first brood of larvae in the larvae cones. Then it will be 6-8 months before the larvae have grown to the size to be sold to local lobster growers. My first brood will be limited to only 5,000 Stage IV fingerlings, mainly to be a test run to insure everything runs smoothly as designed. After that the facility is designed to produce 56,700 Stage IV fingerlings per brood and three broods year. I will still be doing construction and upgrades here for several years to come. I am working right now on finishing the last of the sketches and drawings, short video clips and writing the final script for the voice over for the next Youtube video that I hope will be ready to upload sometime next week. That video will be an informative walk-through of the facility and go into detail each of the equipment, processes and procedures that will be used or implemented inside the facility. It should go a long way towards explaining just exactly what it is I am actually trying to do here.
  3. If I remember correctly the Peters family sold out to the Greenlight or Scotts company who closed the facility down and stopped production. They had the great idea they were going to takeover the commercial groweries business and force their inferior product line on folks who already knew better. This started a grass root campaign to try to get the product back on the market. The son of J.K. Peters bought back the then defunct rights to the Peters formula and simply renamed the product from 'Peters' to 'Jacks'. Every Ag supplier in the country were more than eager to restock the new product line and the product already had a huge following so the product line should me available for many years to come. Most commercial container growers of interior/exterior stock plants, shrubs/trees, hanging baskets, floral and vegetables would primarily just use Osmocote, Peters, fish-emulsion and assorted green/dried manure teas. They also primary used dirt-less mixes most were simply variations of mixed course washed mason sand, bark mulches, composts, fine peat moss, vermiculite, periite and a few family secrets.
  4. Yes I am a horticulturist which is just a fancy term for an over-qualified broke-ass dirt farmer. I have built a few groweries and garden centers over the years and owned and operated a few landscape companies. I may not be an expert on any given subject but I have plenty of hands-on practical field experience on quite a few related subjects. oddly enough I also have past experience designing small freshwater/saltwater ponds, fisheries and hatcheries. I certainly never dreamed that I would be focusing more on that background here in the Philippines rather than the horticulture. I guess life is strange that way so I just go with the flow and let the cosmic tides lead me were they will, but I would have never dreamed I would be involved in designing and building a prototype lobster hatchery on a remote little tropical island when I hopped on the plane to move here in 2008. Keeps me busy...
  5. I would be a little suspicious with the 20% nitrogen ratio in your fertilizer. It sounds like one of the commercial 'super bloom' products on the market, which may tend to be a bit too hot for the temperate conditions found here. With such a hot ratio and the high temperate conditions of the Summers here it could easily over-heat around the root system causing tissue and cellular damage to both the younger root growth and microorganisms in the soil. In effect causing root shock or damage to young developing leaves, buds of flowers if over applied. It may be well promoted but this does not mean certain fertilizers work as well as advertised. A case in point is a well know product called 'Miracle Gro''. It always promotes testimonials and photos of grand prize vegetables and flowers in their marketing, but I know that few professional groweries actually use their product because it has a bad tendency to burn plants, especially in warmer regions. If you look closely at the ingredients on the package of fertilizer you will see that most are well over 90% 'inert'. It is this inert material (various salts) which is saturated with the fertilizer as a carrier. I suspect the salts used (inert) are one of the main problems causing the burning. I can give you one good example: Here in the Philippines a study was done on coconut tree production in mountainous regions and areas deep into the interior, where the natural salts are leached out making the soil to have an iodine depleted soil condition. They discovered that applying salt as a fertilizer actually increases the coconut meat inside the nut up to 300% Boy oh boy the coconut growers read ''300% increase in their copra weight'' and the bags flew off the shelves and everybody was salting the hell out of their trees. Just one little tiny oversight (problem) they somehow failed to comprehend that term 'Iodine depleted' soils, and they failed to realize that most of the Philippines coconut production is within a close proximity to the ocean where the soils are in fact iodine enriched. I had to fight my family to not apply salts around my tree. They would say ''300% More Copra Stupid Kano!'' and I would say, ''We are on a little island with the ocean within a 30 minute walk on two sides of the farm, which means we already have all the salt they need.'' Well they huffed but my wife trusted my skills and the salts were not applied. Over the last 9 years our copra weight has been consistent and considered high yielding on the national average (fish-emulsion), but my stubborn 'know-it-all' neighbors have suffered through diminished copra yields and even damage or loss of trees from excessive salt usage.. That 'inert' (salts) has a direct cause and effect on plants if improperly applied. The best water soluble fertilizer that I have ever come across is produced by the J.R. Peters family and now marketed as 'Jack's Classic, Jack's' Professional, and Jack's Hydroponic' and is the only fertilizer I would personally endorse other than dried-manure teas and fish-emulsion. And though it is a triple-20 rated fertilizer it is far safer to use and far less likely to burn in high-heat environments such as we have here, Most professional growers religiously use the product themselves as it allows them to consistently produce floral quality products with minimum stock damage. It is a bit of a trade secret as we tend to leave the 'Miracle Gro' to the novice. http://www.jrpeters.com/product.html
  6. It states in the opening line of the article that ''An Australian national died after he was hit by a passing vehicle while trying to cross the national highway in Barangay Lipata, Minglanilla on a rainy Sunday dawn. Being a dark rainy early morning early morning would certainly makes it harder for a pedestrian to been seen especially when crossing on the side of a national highway. I am merely relying on my own personal experience having driven in such conditions here. Most people are not hit. Most people cross the road safely because they properly judge the situation before stepping into the street.. But some people make you to have to swerve, cross lanes or even lock-up your breaks due to their lax of judgement. (But only Pinoys do this). But of course I'm not trying to make a crocodile out of a gecko or posted in a jilted slant. Of course you are right and I must be wrong. That Pinoy clearly saw him in advance and timed his criminal act perfectly. This heinous act was perpetrated merely because he is simply one of 100 million evil heartless murderous bastards who joys in speeding up, swerving into walk paths and crosswalks just to viciously and maliciously run down foreigners. So I stand corrected, he should be arrested, charged with 1st degree murder and publicly hanged. After all it certainly could not simply be a unfortunate circumstance caused by a momentary lax in judgement on the part of the foreigner. There is always a crime because it is the Philippines, the Pinoy is always the cause. See I too had a momentary lax of judgement as I forgot the company I keep..
  7. I am amazed by all the remarks about the driver not being punished. There is nothing in the article that suggest there was any wrongdoings on the part of the driver. If not at fault then why should there be a punishment? It seems that the diver even stopped and remained at the scene until the authorities arrived. This seems like it was just a momentary lax of judgement on the part of the pedestrian which most of us have personally experienced at least one in their life. .
  8. I bet your mom also said to you that life is like a box of chocolates.... I am always sad to hear that one of the good guys who come here dies, especially since there are so many not so good guys mucking it all up for the rest of us. I hope him peace, his family strength and closure, and his friends and associates only fond memories. R.I.P.
  9. Both products I used extensively on my nursery stock in my groweries and greenhouses. As a general rule: Fish emulsion = 1 tablespoon to 1 gallon of water, and apply generously throughout the year. Osomocote = 1/2 tablespoon per gallon pot size. (once a year)
  10. Osmocote is manufactured by Scotts Lawns and is marketed as 'Scotts Osmocote' and I do believe I have seen it at ACE Hardware in both Cebu and Manila. Fish Emulsion is a pretty generic product and tends to be a bit pricey by the 1gallon bottle but it dilutes in water and a Gallon goes a long ways. It is very easy to make yourself and there are quite a few websites that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make a quality product. Nice thing is it is great on orchids, ferns, vegetables, flowers and shrubs. But being 4% iron it should not be used on colorful variegated ornamental plants as iron induces type-A chlorophyll which will turn new growth deep green, and will continue to due so until the iron in the soil is either depleted or is leached clean. I have none made right now, but have made batches in lots of six 55gallon plastic drums to use when fertilizing our fruit trees, banana and coconut trees. You simply take a pointy stick and punch a 5-8 inch hole in the ground in 3-4 locations around the tree or plant on the outer edges of the drip-lines and then ladle a portion of the emulsified fish in each hole. The Native Americans would punch a whole in the ground and drop into the hole a small fish and three seeds.1 corn seed, 1 bean seed and 1 gourd seed. They called the '3-Sisters'. The corn grew tall, the bean used the corn stalk to grow upwards and the gourd plant grew on the ground around the corn and beans which actually helped control pests. Today the term is multi-cropping. One small fish was sufficient to fertilize all three crops at the same time.
  11. I did not know you lived in Siagao. So you and Bosshog are now a Linc gang...
  12. Sounds like both a nutrient and trace element deficiency. Citrus trees require a steady and abundant fertilization program and here in the tropics of the Philippines we tend to have heavy rainfall with a soil of high sandy content generally lacking in sufficient organic matter caused by the heavy leching of the soils. This heavy leching removes the needed trace elements from around the root ball as well as dilute fertile applications. . I would suggest that you first prune away any dead growth to help promote new growth. Then apply a 13-13-13 Osmicote which is a coated NPK fertilizer that is time released but remember it is time activated and can last up to 14 months so do not over fertilize. Osmicote has the needed nitrogen, phosphorous and potash but also contains trace elements. As Bosshog stated fish emulsion is your best short-term solution which is generally a NPK 4-1-1 to 5-2-2 fertilizer. NPK means nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium but that fermented fish stew also contains over 60 different trace elements (micro-nutrients). Nitrogen is a component of chlorophyll and aids in growth, leaf production, flower initiation, fruit set, fruit development and fruit; Phosphorus aids in photosynthesis, enzyme activity, and in the formation and movement of sugars which is essential in the flowers and developing fruit. Potassium is essential for the formation and functions of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, chlorophyll, and maintaining a balance of salts and water within plant cells. So NPK is very important but also is needed the micro-nutrients zinc, manganese, iron, copper and boron are essential to the development of flower production and general health. This I believe may be the heart of your problem. To keep it simple, as the buds and flowers begin to form they cannot produce the required bonding agents within the physiology of the bud or flower. This imbalance or deficiency prevents the properly development, set or hold if the bud or flower. Even if buds and flowers do try to develop they simply fall from the plant or the reproductive origins do not properly develop. Also trace elements are essential to the feeding and development of the over 36,000 microorganisms contained in the soil, and it is these microorganisms which digest and secrete the soil nutrients to a fine enough size to be absorbed through the outer layer of the root system. . Fish emulsion also contains 4% celated Iron which induces Type-A green chlorophyll as well as feeding both the plants and soil microbes and actually helps to improve soil structure. Only side effect of fish emulsion is the odor which is akin to a community wet market.
  13. Well you just might get your wish as it is coming down pretty good right now and it is still quite a bit away from Philippines.
  14. From that shopping list it appears that these good peaceful Muslims were planning on creating a lot of carnage.
  15. Perhaps it will drop some rain in our area.