BobTheGardener


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Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:54

I think the early warm weather this year has really suited them, Pete.
Tina - I have a heated bed now but always used to start them off on the windowsill in small pots covered with an inverted plastic bottle with the top cut off.  I have also used those unheated windowsill propagators with the module trays they sell cheaply in Wilkos etc. with excellent results.

What on earth is this?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 11:14

It's the seed head of an Arum, very likely Arum maculatum (aka cuckoo pint, lords and ladies etc.)  The poisonous seeds will turn red and look very decorative.  It can be very invasive so I would remove the whole stalk before the seeds drop.

Are my chilli plants ready to pot up?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 10:58

Nice one Pete, they are looking really healthy!   My ones from seed are rapidly catching up now.  I always do both so have sweet peppers and chillies even if the overwintered ones don't make it (plus there are still some in the freezer I think.)  No such thing as too many capsicums!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 10:41

Overnight rain (much needed!) just stopping now.  Dug some spuds up yesterday and the soil was dry all the way down to the tubers.

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.

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