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anyone started growing their chili peppers yet?

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 00:14

I've got some going in my secret cellar lair. I sowed them a couple of weeks ago. The jalapeños and cayennes are doing nicely, but the habaneros and tabascos aren't showing yet. They'll have to stay inside for a good while yet though, we've got tons of snow.

Fertilzer Concentrations

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 09:32

Hi all,

I'm very confused about comparing fertilisers. The N-P-K values given are, I believe actual percentages by weight.

But for example, I have a bottle of fertiliser that claims to be 6-12-10 and then recommends a dilution of 1 to 500 leading to about 0.01% nitrogen. Conversely, human urine, I have seen quoted at 10-1-4, with a dilution of 1 to 15 recommended, which would yield 0.7% nitrogen. These numbers don't seem at all comparable.

What am I doing wrong here?

Thank you!

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 23:47


Surely. But my patch will be very, very small! Just sweet peas, sweet williams and maybe some asters.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:50

I had great success with sweet williams and sweet peas last year. They provided a lot of cut flowers between them.

Japanese Maple

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 17:41

I pruned mine a week or two back, and it didn't bleed at all. It was only trimming out some dead wood and some rubbing branches though. There's quite a big branch that I  wanted to remove, but eventually I bottled it.

Pruning Gooseberries

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 17:43

Thanks dove! Let's see if anyone else wants to pitch in.

Pruning Gooseberries

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 08:27

Hi all,

I am thinking about pruning gooseberries. I get the basic concept, where you have leaders and side shoots etc.

The one thing that's not clear to me is the following: I've often seen that the leaders should be cut back by a quarter or a third or so, but is that a quarter of the total length, or of the last year's new growth?

Thank you!

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 21:03

Thanks David.

So, given that there's a little moisture still in the pot, I'll leave it for a day or two.



Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 19:31

Hi David,

I've got my sweet peas (and some other autumn-sown things) growing on a a little make-shift cold frame made up of a wooden box, lined with bubble wrap, and covered with some horticultural fleece, to keep the air circulation. They've been doing fairly well, but we had a week or so of pretty hard frost where it never went above freezing even during the day, and now we're into a freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw pattern. Some of the sweet peas look fine, but some have gone all floppy, and the stems appear almost crushed. 

I imagine they got thirsty when their soil was frozen. Now, the soil is fairly dry, so my question is, should I water, or will that do more harm than good, given that we'll be having more hard frosts?

Thanks a lot!

sweet williams

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 21:46

I have read that they are really short-lived perennials, but they're usually grown as biennials. My ones got savaged by something for other, so I'm going to have a crack at sowing some early in spring in case I can coax them into flowering in their first year. 

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Fertilzer Concentrations

Comparing N-P-K values considering dilution 
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Pruning Gooseberries

Clarification of instructions 
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Potted Climber for a Shady Wall

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Plant ID - Tiny White Bell Flowers

Identifying something I saw today 
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Yellowing Pinks

Yellowing and drying towards the centre 
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Japanese Maple Looking Sad

Leaves look unhealthy 
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Last Post: 26/10/2014 at 00:14

When to Plant Garlic

Am I a bit early still? 
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Hardy Annuals & Repotting

Should I repot before the frost? 
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Pruning Pinks

Whether to cut them back at all 
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Bulbs in Pots

How to deal with in summer 
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Last Post: 21/09/2014 at 10:54

How to grow spinach

Confused about how spinach is supposed to behave 
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Last Post: 13/09/2014 at 20:25

Thyme Dying Off

The centre of my thyme is dying off 
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Herbs Yellowing

Basil & Marjoram going a bit sad and yellow 
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Last Post: 31/08/2014 at 22:38

Chilis Shrivelling

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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 20:14

Insects on my rose

Are they good news or bad news? 
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