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Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:16

The time to full maturity depends on the variety. Earlier varieties - like Amsterdam Forcing, which I grow - are ready inside three months.

You also don't have to wait till carrots are fully mature. Harvesting them earlier will give you delicious young carrots.

Yellowing courgettes

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 08:02

That two are fine and two have yellow leaves suggests there's nothing particularly wrong with the soil. Try giving them a feed with a tomato fertiliser. It will provide enough nitrogen to lift the foliage without giving them too much which would lead to foliage growth in lieu of fruit.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:04

nikki, how close together are they? Overcrowding can end up with your result. It could also be a fertiliser problem. Have you fertilised them? Particularly with nitrogen? Or was there fresh nitrogen in the soil? Either can also end up with your result.

Potting Up Chillies

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 14:52

Nuh, Verdun. Chillies' heat or otherwise is down to the variety - ie, the genes. Just as a tom's shape, colour, taste, etc, are down to the genes.

Potting Up Chillies

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 12:52

One other thing, NewBoy, don't overwater or overfertilise the chillies. Like tomatoes, they do best when treated with "controlled neglect".

Potting Up Chillies

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 09:44

The heat is in the plant's genes, Verdun. Grow them as you would any other chillies. Which is to say, exactly as you would tomatoes.

Newboy, they're not going to grow to more than a couple of feet. If they're staying in pots, you're not going to need much more than a 10" pot. Pot them up when you want to.

Fig trees

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 09:36

Figs produce at their best with their roots contained. You can achieve this in the ground by digging out a square hole about a metre by a metre by a metre. Drop some gravel, small stones or broken-up terra cotta into the bottom for drainage. Line the four sides with something like paving slabs of a size that will fit neatly. Refill the hole and plant the fig.

Wilting tomato

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 10:33

Mike, when you say the soil doesn't seem overly wet, how often are you watering?

Any chance of photos of these two possibly related problems?

Strange branches on tomato plant

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 10:03

SandLake, what variety is it?

evergreen star jasmine

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 12:46

Certainly too much fertiliser, I reckon, K 9. Mine, in a pot, gets a feed in spring and that's it. At most, you'd only fertilise every couple of months. I don't know what your temps are like but I'd be surprised if it needed a gallon of water a week either. Mine, in full sun, with temps in the mid-30s, is only watered every couple of days.

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