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by Elmigo
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 63
Views: 5718

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

You got very small fruits. Mine are even bigger than I can buy in supermarket (I planted seeds taken from one of them), 15-20 cm: https://i.imgur.com/9duKFo9.png (picture taken 10 days ago, now they are a bit more yellow and they seems to be bigger). Are you really growing them in a temperate marit...
by Elmigo
Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 63
Views: 5718

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Screenshot_20190918-001042_Gallery.jpg We have a final bit of summer warmth (Day 25°C / Night 15°C) next week. After that I'm going to put the plant indoors at the brightest window we have. I left many fruits on it so I can try a few things and mess up some without losing all my harvest at once. By...
by Elmigo
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 144
Views: 2942

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Honestly I was hesitating because I don't know exactly when they're ripe for harvest. There are so many varieties and sizes and their color appeared a bit too bright. Turns out I was just on time, maybe a tiny bit too late because seeds have started to form on the inside. These are my first ever hom...
by Elmigo
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 144
Views: 2942

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers but I only picked some fresh jalapeño and cayenna beauties from the tree of fire. I believe it was located somewhere in the Amazone. Not sure why, it just seems to be burning hot in that area ever since.
by Elmigo
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 144
Views: 2942

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

It appeared to be the end of the summer but we have a new heat wave coming! It will be tough for us here but the kiwano will love it for the fruits ripening. And so does the cucumber! This is the only large cucumber growing. Apparently it's exactly in the right environment! I think on solid land it'...
by Elmigo
Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 63
Views: 5718

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Thank you so much for your kind words! I will definitely continue the experiments as I just love gardening and plants so much. It makes me realize what real vulnerability means when I see those plants just growing. The avocados keep avocadoing! Speaking of which, it looks like it really has to get u...
by Elmigo
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 63
Views: 5718

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

Definitely, next year some innovation will be needed! Still there are always possibilities for another kiwano plant, maybe just slightly less productive. Maybe not, who knows? :mrgreen:
by Elmigo
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Kiwano (horned melon)
Replies: 63
Views: 5718

Re: Kiwano (horned melon)

For anybody else trying Kiwano next year, I figured that I really need to organize this plant the next time! It literally makes new side shoots everywhere in every corner. I'm trying to remove any new flowers to focus all energy on the growing fruits. It's not quite possible as this plant is a huge ...
by Elmigo
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Onions.
Replies: 19
Views: 724

Re: Onions.

If it somewhat eases the pain, I'd be lucky if I find one the size of a cherry in my balcony garden. As an inexperienced gardener I must have sown them at the wrong time of the year. They're very local varieties called North-Holland Red and Rijnsburger. Pretty sure nobody has heard of them before.
by Elmigo
Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Please help with some plant identification
Replies: 18
Views: 361

Re: Please help with some plant identification

Speaking of dill, does anyone know what goes wrong here every year so far? I tried to sow dill but they seem to be very picky and choosy for their conditions. So far all I had coming up was some tiny dill blades before they died off again. Maybe the balcony has too high temperatures for them to grow...
by Elmigo
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the PRIME MOVER
Replies: 16
Views: 287

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the PRIME MOVER

HaHappy Birthday OH
Another lion showing his manes!
by Elmigo
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 144
Views: 2942

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

This is amazing! Didn't get to sow them this year but last year I had sunflowers with seeds too small for consumption too. Not a big surprise, they were put in small pots on my balcony. There are a few things that I can think of like shaking off all the water after rain on your sunflowers. Moisture ...
by Elmigo
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Summer Bits and Bobs
Replies: 144
Views: 2942

Re: Summer Bits and Bobs

Colin, sunflowers produce very tasty seeds after flowering! The seeds on the outside have a hard shell but the inside of it is edible. They can also be used in various recipes. They sell them at the local market near my place. They have a stall for nuts and seeds and they sell sunflower seeds too. I...
by Elmigo
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Temperatures dropping, put plants indoors?
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Temperatures dropping, put plants indoors?

Is it safe to put transparent plastic bags over them? Because I have a lot of those. Like really a lot, enough to cover 10 balconies with pepper plants. Doesn't the trapped moisture make the peppers rot away?
by Elmigo
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Temperatures dropping, put plants indoors?
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Temperatures dropping, put plants indoors?

Perhaps heating is not necessary but I will put it indoors tomorrow, first thing I do. I think I found a rule for me to easily remember the kiwanos temperature tolerance! As soon as I have to wear a thicker vest or jacket, the plants need to be put indoors. When I can walk around in a t-shirt it's s...

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