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Pepper problem

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Hi Calendula.

As Buddyboy suggests your problem is overwatering, I try to not water on a regular basis, only when the leaf shows signs of flagging and then just enough water to wet the pot content. Works for me.

Vegetable seeds

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:23

Re swede growing Bekkie Hughes. I have found the best way of growing swedes is to start them in 3 inch pots of ordinary garden soil with multi purpose compost added, about 50/50. Sow no sooner than early May and should be ready to set out into garden soil proper early June after any lingering late frosts. I have used this method successfully for the past 10-12 years. Give it a go and I think you will be pleasantly supprised.


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:42

Thanks to all interested viewers. I have limited the developing fruits to 6 per plant and in doing so discovered one fruit near base of one plant to be approx 4x1.5 inches so have high hopes of further success. I have been advised to provide plenty of water and feed twice weekly with a high potash tomato feed. So come along all you doubters and give it another go.


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 06:12

The seed I used was from lidl and called Halflange Violette which shows shiny purple on packet. The plants have grown well and stand approx 70 cm tall with 12-15 small fruits per plant and increasing in size by the day. I think I need to be patient and let nature take its course. Grateful thanks for all advice up to now and hope for more.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 20:24

I am growing Aubergines for first time and hope someone can advise me as to when these fruits should show as mature and ripe. Also what size can I expect to achieve baring in mind they are growing in 8inch pots, at the moment they are small egg size. Any advice will be most welcome.

Raspberries from seed

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 08:24

The topic heading is wrong, it was entered as strawberry. The reason I am hoping to grow from seed is because rooted runners from fellow strawberry growers are not sure to be virus free, however well meaning the supplier, and as I am planning to grow 30 - 40 plants I am hoping to avoid a wasted season by growing inferior plants. Thanks for your observations so far and I shall follow up your advice Pete8

Raspberries from seed

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 18:08

Does anyone have experience of growing strawberry plants from seed? What is the best method and when to sow. I refer to the original sized fruiting type and not the alpine breed. Any advice will be most welcome.

Lower leaves on tomatoes going yellow

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 08:23

I was advised only this year by a nurseryman here in the North that upturning leaves is generally the result of low night time temperatures. The aim being to maintain a minimum of 50 degrees. This I have managed this year with no problems, but yes, it has been a warmer Spring. A minimum/maximum thermometer is a must for checking these temps.

Germination problems

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 06:01

Many thanks for all theories and suggestions, will try again by re sowing.

Germination problems

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 16:24

Sowed carrots for third time but still no germination. Decided to sow a couple of bean seeds in same plot as a trial to see if anything was getting at seed. After 7 days decided to have a look and found seeds had begun to sprout but shoots were distorted and being attacked by a very tiny black beetle approx 1mm long. There is also present a small white caterpillar approx 3mm long with a black head. Can anyone enlighten me as to a way forward, ie nematodes? or a disinfectant of some kind? Any advice will be most welcome.

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