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by Pawty
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 8611

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

Hi Colin,

Yes they look healthy - you often see this darkening on the stem. Here's a piccy of one of mine.

Pawty
by Pawty
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.
Replies: 185
Views: 18263

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.

Hi,

Only one word to describe mid summer...... courgettes!
by Pawty
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Best early Peas
Replies: 14
Views: 1941

Re: Best early Peas

That's it! Thank you. Sorry, I missed the comment before. Jeff, you're not alone with these little pests!

Sounds like you spray the flowers just in case then? Is it very common? My pods showed no damage.

Thanks again.

Pawty
by Pawty
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Recipes for elderflower cordial
Replies: 18
Views: 4049

Re: Recipes for elderflower cordial

Hi,

Wedding was last weekend - We used Monica's recipe, and everyone loved it! It was mixed with sparkling water and ice and was served at the same time as the English fizz. A great success - and so many people asked where they could buy it!

Thanks again.

Pawty
by Pawty
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Best early Peas
Replies: 14
Views: 1941

Re: Best early Peas

Hi, So, I've started harvesting the peas. Sweet and delicious ...... here comes the BUT. In quite a few of the pods are small caterpillars munching on the peas (look more like caterpillars than grubs). Does anyone else have this and can I stop them? No obvious sign of damage to the pods so not sure ...
by Pawty
Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 8611

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

Hi,

Mr Pawty and I had a bit of a debate ........ once chillies have turned red on a plant, do they continue to get hotter?

Mine are turning red, so do I harvest to encourage more growth, or leave them on the plant to get hotter?

Thanks

Pawty
by Pawty
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017
Replies: 241
Views: 18799

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

Hi, Thought I'd share what I did with the manure heap as an experiment as I don't have much space. Half has been spread. The other half has been covered with plastic. I've planted squash plants around the base, which I'm hoping with cover the heap. I'm hoping for a pretty successful crop! Will post ...
by Pawty
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017
Replies: 241
Views: 18799

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2017

We've had rain for the last couple days. Today's problem..... what to do with 18 courgettes......

Pawty
by Pawty
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Controversial diet matters.
Replies: 91
Views: 8505

Re: Controversial diet matters.

Hi, We've been harvesting charlottes for a few weeks now - excellent as a new, and continues to be good as they grow. A have a pretty good diet now - am a definite meat eater. We travel all over the place, which can be tricky if you don't. Two of our travel friends are vegetarians (who eat fish now)...
by Pawty
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli plants - fruit setting problems
Replies: 8
Views: 1055

Re: Chilli plants - fruit setting problems

Hi, Thank you. I'll give it a try. This particular chilli is in a large pot - all are watered from the base so I can keep an eye on it. It's interesting, I have four chilli plants in the kitchen - the other three which are different varieties all have lots of fruit. We harvested our first red chilli...
by Pawty
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli plants - fruit setting problems
Replies: 8
Views: 1055

Chilli plants - fruit setting problems

Hi, I've grown lots of chilli plants this year - mostly successful. Plants inside and out have loads of fruit. However, I have one 'ghost chilli' plant in the kitchen window which is flowering but is then not fruiting (I.e flowers falling off). It's a heathy plant - pinched out, yet still 3 foot tal...
by Pawty
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Birdies....yay!
Replies: 21
Views: 2668

Re: Birdies....yay!

Hi,

Great pic - but agree, it's not a coal tit - it's a great tit.

Coal tits don't have as much colour and have a white patch on the back of their necks which is surrounded by black (Mr Pawty is a want to be twitcher so it's always a lesson in our house!)

Pawty
by Pawty
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Cape Gooseberries
Replies: 10
Views: 2381

Re: Cape Gooseberries

Hi, I grew them one year in a large pot outside. I would say they grew larger than a chilli plant - more like a bushy tomato plant. Tasted good but fruit were a lot smaller than those you get at the greengrocer. But , very pretty, so a good addition to the garden if you have space. I have a habit of...
by Pawty
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 8611

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

Hi, Here's a couple of my chilli 'chanzo'. These are kept in the windowsill - same conditions. The one on the left is pinched, the one on the right isn't. The one that's pinched is much bushier, but the one which isn't has more fruit earlier. Will be interesting to see what the final weigh in is! Pa...
by Pawty
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 8611

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

Hi,

I agree with Monica and I use tomato feed. I use it a couple of times a week (when I remember) when the plants start fruiting.

And don't forget, if your plants are kept inside, you may need to play at being bee and polinate them with a small paintbrush/ make up brush.

Pawty

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