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chilli peppers

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 22:29

Is there a room or an area where you could leave a light on a timer so that its on overnight? We do this with our chillis and they do appreciate it. If you have a standard lamp or similar you can put them under it would help the plants.

chilli peppers

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 12:17

I was just looking through the Feb issue of GW magazine and they have a 4 page article on chillies and peppers with tips and troubleshooting. Might be worth a read.

Strange Soil sucked out in lawn

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 11:45

If you're lucky enough to get starlings in your garden, they'll do the drainage work for you in their search for daddy long leg larvae.

chilli peppers

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 11:41

We sow our seeds at the end of December and put into a propagator under lights overnight. Our plants are about 8 inches tall and will be going into a heated greenhouse, along with the chilli plants we cut down to sticks and these are already producing leaves and in some cases, flowers.

The only downside is that the greenhouse gets packed with plants that are taller than me (5ft 3), and I have to pick them as my other half is colour blind.

We also use chilli focus and also something that my husband puts in the water for the plants called Superthrive, literally just a drop and it really helps with the growth. We also pollinate the chillis with a small brush, and leaving the greenhouse door open, we get bees in there too.


Climbers for my shed

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 12:49

You could try a potato vine (solanum). They have blue or white flowers and eventually berries. I have a white one that seems to be in flower all year round, attracts bees and butterflies. You could have some evergreen clematis, or a rambling rector rose.

On a different note, I currently have a woodpigeon bathing in the birdbath while it is also pouring down.


Astrantia major

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 18:09

Thanks Nut, I'll stick the pots outside and see if that frightens them into action.

Astrantia major

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 10:59

I've tried twice with seeds and had no luck on germination. They are indoors in multi compost and perlite and I've had them lightly covered with soil and uncovered but no success. Any suggestions?



Posted: 23/01/2014 at 08:37

It seems to work for me. I also have an acer bed infront of the shed with different varieties of acer in, and an azalea. They've been in for longer than the fruit and no sign of problems. I've also got a huge snakebark acer treated just the same and an acer I grew from a twig not far behind in height.

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:50

We grow tomatoes and chillis in the greenhouse and added cucumber Crystal Apple to the mix. We had a lot of round yellow skinned fruits which tasted similar to Asian pears, but not as sweet, but they were very nice.


Posted: 22/01/2014 at 22:48

We have blueberries growing next to strawberries,tayberries and gooseberries. We created a raised bed and just put ericaceous soil around the blueberries and this is their third year now and nothing has suffered by having two different soil types side by side. You could always dig out the soil and replace it with ericaceous, we've done that with other plants and nothing has died.

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