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Sweet Peppers

Posted: 03/02/2016 at 12:20

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 16/01/2016 at 15:28

Mel, my Habanero White seeds look to be a different type to yours. I got mine from Seed Parade, so we can compare notes as the season progresses.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 18:33

Hi Mel,

There seems to be two different 'White Habanero' types.

1) Bullet or lantern shaped, a.k.a. Habanero White Bullet, and usually described as being carribean.

2) More typical hab shape and a.k.a. as Habanero White Giant.

Confusingly, both types are also sometimes described as Peruvian White Habanero

I think mine are the second type, which are you trying?

David Bowie

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 18:53

Dove, yes, I think you're right.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 18:44

Glad to see the cardoon mention has sparked some interest.

They're great for bees and that's something we should all be thinking of

white fly in please!

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 19:05

Hi GA,

T&M say they have a particularly good variety of marigold for deterring whitefly, could be worth a try once you've got the existing infestation under control?

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 18:34

Will be growing some new varieties of chilli, tomato and courgette.

Limnanthes douglassi poached egg plant for the first time together with marigolds to attract good insects like hoverflies to help deal with the aphids.

And maybe a cardoon

How to grow garlic

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 18:18

I've started garlic both earlier and later than this in previous years with similar good results, although ideally it would have been earlier.

January is usually the coldest month, so plenty of time for the garlic to get sufficiently chilled if you get it in urgently now, before we get to normal early spring growth. As you will read elsewhere, the cold helps the garlic cloves split and will contribute to larger bulbs.

No problem growing in large tubs or troughs, with a soil/compost mix maybe, which won't dry out as quickly as just compost.

Onion family are not heavy feeders, so don't over do it, or that could be contributing to more green growth above ground and smaller bulbs.

Onion family also prefer more neutral pH, so if you need to do any watering, use tap water, not rain water.

Removing leylandi

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 18:03

Had a similar experience to welshonion and obelixx. My leylandii from previous owners were at least 25ft-30ft tall and out of all proportion to the size of the garden.

Left the trunk stumps around 4ft similar to others have said. There's no regrowth, and the roots are surprising shallow if you've never removed one before. Was able to start getting them out a couple of years later, same way as obelixx.

What animal waste for compost bins?

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 20:19

Agree with others that bird and rodent waste will be good and safe for the compost.

Would be more cautious about the fishtank water. Fish are living in a confined environment where diseases can quickly build up, and some of them can be passed on to humans.

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