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Plant/tree fruit identification

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 21:30

Try reducing the size of the photo Ben, that usually works.  Upload using the camera icon, top right of the reply box.

Some plant identification please

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 21:10

Not sure about the first, but the flower is lobelia.

Help id please

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 19:28

White bryony I think, GG.

Hot peppers-

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 16:29

Hi rossi.kelli, I'm sorry to have to say that neither of those photos are of a hot pepper (aka chilli) plant.  In fact, both look like Persicaria (a weed.)

This is a close-up photo of my hot peppers so you can see the leaf shape and flowers:

The leaves are about 5 to 10cm long.

Pepper/chilli seeds need starting off in a small pot of compost, somewhere warm like an indoor windowsill.  They won't germinate in the ground in the uk and are best grown in a greenhouse as they need temperatures of above 14C to grow well enough to produce fruit.

Where did you get the seeds from?

Allotment plot

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 14:25

One main thing to look out for are any pernicious weeds, in particular, horsetail, ground elder and bindweed.  The presence of those (especiallythe first one) will make life difficult as they are all tricky to eradicate.

Leaf mould

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:15

I'd go with your plan to make more cages and then you'll have a continuous supply of 3 year old stuff in a couple of years.  When you 'harvest' it, throw the top layer (which will still be unrotted leaves) into the next bin which will also help to transfer some fungi across.

Last edited: 19 July 2017 13:15:32

Fruit tree help

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:10

The green one could be a greengage if it is ripe and sweet but still green.  They are supposed to be nicer than ordinary plums but I've never been lucky enough to taste one - they are not grown much these days, unfortunately.

Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 11:10

Lfin, as Pete says, they can be overwintered and I'm lucky enough to have a conservatory where I keep mine.  Overwintering inside will give you a huge head start if they survive.  I treat them as Pete mentions and cut them back to just the main stem in spring and give them a small amount of water when things start to warm up.  As soon as I see signs of life, I shake most of the old compost off of the roots and repot into fresh, damp (but not wet) compost.  The overwintered plants now have full size fruit which is ripening but the seed-grown ones I also started this year still have only tiny fruit.  If you have somewhere suitable to keep them over winter, it is worth trying.

Tetra pond water balance

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 10:58

Morning GD!  The fact that your well water is nearly neutral at pH 7.5 but rises rapidly once in the pond leads me to think that your well water may be very soft and not have much in the way of dissolved minerals.  If that is the case, it is picking up the alkalinity from the pond or rocks and you are doing the right thing by sealing any concrete.  If you use some well water with hand soap, is there a scum left on the surface or does all of the soap dissolve and your hands still feel a bit slippery when rinsed?  If the latter, your water is soft and adding the tetra pond balance might indeed help as it is the dissolved minerals that contains which 'buffer' against rapid changes in pH (as Pete just mentioned), despite me saying the opposite in my first response when I thought your well water was very alkaline.

Shady trellis

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 19:09

Most clematis will grow well in shade.

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