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Cucumbers

Posted: 21/06/2012 at 09:13

Find a spot that's nice and warm with as much direct sun as possible. Dig in some nice compost, plant not too deeply, and keep well watered. If you don't have a spot in the garden, they grow very well in a decent-sized container on a sunny terrace or wherever. Watering is even more important in containers.

Growing morning glory in a hanging basket.

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 12:27

It's worse than a pernicious weed in Australia. It used to smother everything - and I mean everything - in our backyard in Sydney.

Different climate, obviously.

Just a tad.

Growing morning glory in a hanging basket.

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 10:47

Not the annuals. The perennials, the monsters that can take over the world if not kept in check. You're okay.

Growing morning glory in a hanging basket.

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 09:08

Depends on which MG you have, kate. Some are ideal for hanging baskets, others need a lot more root space.

Talkback: Sowing seeds - chillies and sweet peppers

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 10:54

Catching up on some very old posts:

greenthumbs - no, your peppers that look like chillies are peppers. If there has been cross-pollination, the results of the cross wouldn't appear until you saved seed from the crossed fruit and planted it next year.

flungmonkey - yes, you can plant toms and chillies together.

justbegining - no, you don't need to remove the side shoots of chillies. They don't develop anything like the amount of foliage that toms do.

sonia1 - you grow peppers exactly as you do toms. Start them at the same time - in fact, if possible, start them earlier than toms. Like chillies, they can take longer to germinate and develop than toms do. So it's too late this year. The plants won't grow to the same size as, say, an indeterminate tomato plant. Mine usually grow to about 4' so you still need a decent size pot.

One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:41

Curse this Edit function failure! One more thing - if it's possible, probably a good idea to isolate this plant from the others till we get to the bottom of things.

One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:26

Dang! The Edit function still isn't working. Try for a couple of photos, wider of the whole plant, closer of some of the detail.

Planting details - where, how, the mix, and how you've been caring for it would help, too.

One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:23

A photo would be great. Posting photos isn't hard. Take one, load it onto your computer, click on the Insert Image or Photo button (third from right in the menu above the posting box), click Upload, then Save as prompted.

 

One curly sad tomato....

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 07:14

Any chance of a photo? How is it twisted? Distorted? Shrivelled? The plant itself or just the leaves? Any more info would be useful.

Whitefly

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 08:03

You can swat them away but they'll return. You can hang sticky traps - like old-fashioned fly paper - nearby and it will deal with a number of of them. You can spray with something like pyrethrum but, again, they will be back. They're one of the most dificult pests to eradicate. The only upside really is that they don't do a lot of damage unless they're in serious numbers.

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