Website Design For Certified Beta Readers of America

Cheri contacted us a few months ago inquiring about our website design services.  A few weeks ago, she contacted us back again with some additional questions.

Last week, she then was ready to get started on the site and she placed her order.  She wanted to have a website with an online training program that would help train and certify individuals that wanted to be a beta reader.  Beta readers are hired to read through novels and provide feedback to the author prior to making the final draft.

Cheri provided us the information that she wanted on the site very quickly.  Within a few days, we had the website completed and we provided her the ‘keys’ to the site to get the training courses setup and make any other modifications that she wanted.

We appreciate the business from Cheri!

The website for Certified Beta Readers of America is at

Website Hosting For Central Coast Billboards

Bill, a contact on behalf of Central Coast Billboards, contacted us requesting some assistance.  Bill was referred to us by Tom Templeton, the owner of Classic Signs in San Luis Obispo.

Tom gave BsnTech Networks a glowing recommendation to Bill about our responsiveness and ability to get the job completed quickly.

Bill’s customer, Central Coast Billboards, was in the same situation as Tom was – their hosting company just up and closed with absolutely no notice.

Just like Tom, we were able to recover the website for Central Coast Billboards.  Once Bill placed the order for us to get the site restored, we had it up and running with in 48 hours.  The contact form also needed to be re-programmed, which was also done in the same timeframe.

Bill also notes that he has at least one other customer that is in the same position and most likely will be having us do the same for their site.

We appreciate the business from Bill and look forward to additional projects!

The website for Central Coast Billboards is

Success With Walla Walla Onions!

Great success with the second batch of Walla Walla onions!  Amazing germation rate from the package of seeds I purchased off a seller on eBay.

The first batch started out fantastic – but most died off because of the damping off fungus.  As noted in one of the prior posts, I saturated the tray with water at the bottom to keep the soil good and wet for the seeds to sprout.  Well, that caused the damping off fungus to grow and take over.

With the new batch of Walla Walla onions, I put about half of the amount of water in the trays – just enough so the soil was saturated and nothing was left in the bottom of the tray.  In addition, my small Dollar General fan provides a nice breeze to the plants when the lights are on (all on a timer).  With using less water and the constant breeze to dry out the top, damping off wasn’t a problem this time!

The two photos below were taken on the 20th of February.  They are doing very well for being about a week past their germination date.

Walla Walla Onion Seedlings

The photo below shows the “old” onion seedlings on the left side.  You can see that there are very few left.  On the right side are the “new” onion seedlines – all doing very well and growing strong.

Walla Walla Onion Seedlings

How about the Ventura celery?  It is doing good too!  In the prior post, I had mentioned that the celery had great germination.  I planted four containers with four seeds each (16 seeds total).  Upon counting, 13 (or 14) of those 16 germinated.  Not bad for seed that was stored in the freezer from 2010!

Storing seeds in the freezer is a great way to ensure your seeds stay viable for much longer.  Be careful to put seeds in a place where they won’t be disturbed very much.  I keep mine at the bottom of the freezer in a ziplock bag.  When I a ready to use them, I will be as quick as possible with opening the ziplock bag, pull out only the seeds needed, and put them back in the freezer.

So the Ventura celery are growing well.  I really dislike thinning out seedlings because I feel it is a waste, but you also have to ensure you plant enough to get at least one good sprout!

Ventura Celery Seedlings

Off to a good start with the seeds now!  Still.. just am not sure what to do with the garden and how to keep the deer and other critters out.  It has been a major disappointment the past few years with the wildlife damaging tomatoes, green beans, and others.

Celery Sprouts, More Onions

The Ventury Celery has sprouted!

I’m quite impressed.  A total of 16 Ventura celery seeds were planted from seed that was from 2010 – seven years old.  About 13 of those germinated!

They are INCREDIBLY small still, but it took about seven days to germinate.  You can see a slight green spot in the second-from-bottom planter and two small green spots in the bottom planter.

I am writing this entry two days after I took the pictures – and when I checked the morning, some have the first two small seedling leaves showing up and are easier to see.  Probably will have pictures next week.

For the onions – what a difference the fan has made.  Running the fan while the lights are on has kept the top of the soil mostly dry.  That is great and so far, it has prevented damping off fungus from growing.

You can see the older Walla Walla onions in the background – and in the front are the newly germinated Walla Walla onions.  Again, these pictures are a couple of days old now – and every single cell (from memory anyways!) has at least one seedling – and many have two.  More great germination on this second batch of onions.

Walla Walla Onion Seedlings

Some good progress so far.  Just hope that the new onion seedlings all do well.  If they do, I am not sure where I’ll be planting all of them!  There will be approximately 144 new onions (that is, if there is 100% germination) plus around 30 older onions.

Problem is – I’m already using a good chunk of space under the germination station.  I’ve planted twice as many onions as I typically do, so a full row under the germination station is being used – that would otherwise be used to start the tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce.

I have not fully decided yet – but I may not plant peppers this year.  Or if I do, maybe only half as many.  We have at least two full gallon-sized bags of chopped peppers in the freezer still.  They don’t seem to get used nearly as quick as others.  Heck, we still have about a half a bag of chopped up onions too.

Website Design For Blue Chip Recruiting

Ike, the owner of Blue Chip Recruiting, contacted us a couple years ago asking about website design services.  At that time, he was shopping around to look for a designer and get rates.

In the end, Ike chose another individual to set him up a website, which was through one of the free providers.  However, Ike then got back in touch with us a couple weeks ago and said that he was ready to have a better website created – and one that he could update and change himself.  The prior web designer setup the website under their control and didn’t give Ike access to make any updates.

Once Ike was ready to proceed, we obtained the information to get the website started.  In about 24 hours, Blue Chip Recruiting had a new website setup.  After a few small changes, the site is now live and published!

We appreciate Ike coming back to us so we could assist with his website design needs.

The website for Blue Chip Recruiting is


Logo Design for Pools of Georgetown

Matthew, a current customer of BsnTech, requested to have us create a new logo for his pool company – Pools of Georgetown.

Matthew supplied us a rough sketch of the design that he wanted and also supplied us with some fonts he liked.

This information was provided to our logo designer.  Within a couple of days, three mock-up designs were sent to Matthew for review.  A few changes later, the logo was approved and completed.

We appreciate the continued business from Matthew!

Onions & Damping Off, Planted Celery

The Walla Walla onions have not done well over the past couple of weeks.

They were moved out from the front (noth-facing) bay window.  While I don’t know if it was an issue with low light, the onions were dealt a major defeat.  They have been put back under the ‘germination station’ with the lights.

I expect it is due to ‘damping off’.  Every single cell had at least one – or two – onion seedlings growing very well.  Then all of a sudden – I’m down to about 35 onions.  All of the others fell over and withered.  I had noticed that all over the top of the soil, there was a white substance.  Looking it up online, I thought maybe it was mold or mildew growth.  Instead, if was the damping off fungus.

Damping off fungus is caused by too much moister and/or not enough air circulation.  I’ve never done much with air circulation before – so now there appears to be yet another dimension to growing seedlings.

Online, some people said to spray down the top of the soil with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide.  Hydrogen peroxide already comes in a 3% solution at the store, so that seemed like an easy fix.

Not sure yet whether or not that will help keep the damping off fungus at bay or not.  At this point, it really is too late anyways.

So, I planted another two containers of Walla Walla onions over the weekend to ‘start over’.  I’m still going to grow the onions that made it through – but 35 onions most likely will turn into 10 good onions in the garden.  Just my luck with how well they grow – or at least from what success I had when using Copra or Red Bull onions in prior years.

While I was planting again, I also decided to plant some Ventura celery.  I attempted some celery last year – but they never made it.  The seed I have is back from 2010 from FedCo seeds.  So it is seven years old already!  Hard to believe I have been gardening in the current house for that long of a period.

So, now the germination station is starting to fill up.  I still only have the one light though – no reason to get the other lights ready until I get germination out of the new Walla Walla onion seeds and the Ventura celery.

Germination Station

See the little fan there in the bottom left?  That is a small fan I got at Dollar General.  Only consumes 2.5 watts of power, so very little.  Problem is – I don’t want the fan running the entire time the lights are on – so that means having to get another timer to run that.  My thinking is to let it run for maybe 15 minutes and then off for 30 minutes.  Just enough to keep some air rotating every now and then.  But I will have to really watch the soil and water as needed since it will dry the soil out.  That is the idea for the top of the soil though – keep the moisture on top as low as possible but still allow moisture underneath.