Excitable Boy

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First time pepper grower needs help!

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 23:05

Hi Keely,

Like Torg I think you should chop your plants a bit. Also, I think you may be overwatering - don't forget that these are hot climate plants, don't water until the soil/compost is completely dry (plant starting to wilt), then give a good sharp soak (like a thunderstorm) and leave to dry out again. I have forgotten about my chili plants in warm summers and found them almost dessicated yet a good soak and 24 hours and they have recovered. Tough little plants.


Vic's Allotment Adventures

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 16:44

Hi Victoria, I have enjoyed reading your posts - takes me back to when I have done similar. Just a suggestion - you can get clear corrugated plastic for roofing which would allow you to use your shed for growing seeds etc. I don't expect there's a lot of difference in price.

Help please!

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 13:46
juliet.goldschmidt says:

Thank you so much!!

Just googled them.. think I'll get rid of the whole content of that container just in case there was any left in the pot.. 

See original post

 You're very welcome.

I shouldn't worry too much - I've never heard of them in containers before, must have been a desperate mother maybug!

Help please!

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 10:35

They're chafer grubs - normally a grassland/lawn "pest". They mature into cockchafers aka maybugs which, like the larvae, are huge.

Dwarf Weeping Cherry tree

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 23:24

Hi Hollyhocks,

With dwarf cherry trees they graft onto a dwarfing rootstock so you shouldn't have a problem. I have a mature edible cherry on a dwarfing root and it is about 10 feet tall. The roots probably extend to about 6ft max and tend to keep low in the soil.

Hope this helps.

Ivy Cottage with no Ivy!

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:59

I suspect the solution will depend on which way your wall faces and how big a container you have. I suppose you could always get a water butt, cut the bottom off and sink it into the ground. You'll need to feed regularly.

Having lived in a house with virginia creeper I would avoid it. Far too vigorous and don't forget it is deciduous and makes a dreadful mess. If you want an ivy-like appearance you really want an evergreen. How about one of the climbing hydrangeas like Hydrangea seemanii? We have one in a container covering a 6ft wall but they will grow to 10m I believe. Not as vigorous as VC or ivy but then we do rather neglect ours.

Last edited: 19 February 2017 22:59:49

Ive got a garden and i dont know what to do?!!

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:44

hi booacabbyl, regarding your lawn I think you will find that turfing such a large area will be prohibitively expensive. I would be inclined to ask one of the specialist lawn maintenance services to come and have a look and advise you which they will do for free. Seed will be much much cheaper although it will take a year to establish. If you haven't much gardening experience I suggest it is well worth paying lawn specialists to care for your lawn quarterly as they use better feeds and weedkillers than you can buy without licence and, more importantly, they use the right ones in the right amounts at the right time!

You may need to do some terracing first I think.

seedling identification

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:21

Looks like a courgette or some other squash to me with those big cotyledons. It's a bit on the cold side though (unless it's on a compost heap?).

Tree for shade

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:17

Have you considered bamboo? Just make sure you put a barrier between it and your garden which will allow you to cut any invasive roots each spring.

what is gardening?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:06

Gardening is sanity, peace and the miracle of tiny seeds growing into large plants in a season.

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