Discussion in 'Make It So' started by LilacMercenary, Feb 14, 2016.
My butterfly bush is coming back nicely. She’s gonna get real big and fluffy this year.
i have sprouts!!!!!! just the "blue berries" tomato variety is coming up so far but i am EXCITED
Spoiler: ITS HAPPENINGGGG
my second eggplant variety, peas, and greens are still in the mail so i'm getting a little antsy about starting that eggplant late but hopefully they get here soon!
Mom gifted me with a bunch of gladiolus... what are they called, croms? Tubers? a bunch of flower roots, and I don't want to bother with the whole having to dig them up in winter so I'm just to to drop by the dollar store and get a bunch of big ass pots to keep them in. Anyone got tips for growing glads in containers?
my bare root strawberries are here! i don't know if they'll give us fruit this year but i'm excited to get them in the ground
Planted earlier enough and they should!
And they're planted! It's a little bit of a gamble to plant them so early, but they're in a big container so I can bring them in overnight if there's going to be a hard frost. It felt very good to get my hands back in the dirt.
We're about to have a pretty hard freeze, so I dragged the strawberry tub inside
started hardening everyone off and was so pleased with the progress that i wanted to post a comparison
i haven't grown from seed in a little bit and last time they got super leggy so i feel Extremely Accomplished lmao
Assorted progress shots on various of my projects rn, and a picture of the rootball of my willow bonsai before i repotted it lol
I swear your willow is GOING at it
could anyone give me some pepper plant advice?
i started three varieties of pepper this year; fish pepper, zulu sweet pepper, and poblano pepper. all were started in a mix of coco coir and worm castings and left under grow lights for 14 hours a day. the poblanos were in little jiffy biodegradable cells, the other two were in an egg carton. the poblano is fine, but the other two varieties have been extremely stunted.
their seed leaves have all turned yellow, and they've only grown one or two sets of adult leaves, which are at least thankfully still green, if not as dark green as i'd like. this is a picture of them from the first of the month. they haven't gotten much bigger if at all, and the seed leaves have gotten more yellow. i can post a picture in the morning of what they look like now
i've hardened them off and repotted two of the best-looking of each variety into the pots i intend to use for them and fertilized with more worm castings, and when i next get free time i'll be repotting the rest into nursery pots to see if any of them recover.
does anyone have any other tips? reasons why this might have happened? i'm a bit worried they're all goners, frankly, but i don't know if i should bother starting another round of seeds at this point or just give up and buy something from the store :T
oh ETA: i'm in zone 6B illinois, my growing season is about 177 days
I've found growing peppers from seed to be a challenge - decided to keep last year's tiny plants under lights through the winter, and with a couple rounds of pinching back I think they'll do well this year, lol
I know hot peppers need nice warm growing conditions, and as much light as they can get, provided they don't scorch. what's your outdoor growing area like?
thanks for the response!
my outdoor growing area i think should be ideal, it's a southern exposure with full sun, and any time it got below 50 i brought them inside
i'm going to go ahead and start more seeds just in case; my growing season is long enough i should get some fruit, and i can overwinter them for a better harvest next year :P
Ime the most likely culprit is some kind of nutrient deficiency. Try easing off on the worm castings, too much can give your plants a hard time getting enough copper and I think a couple other things. Good luck!
thank you, do you have a source on the worm castings thing? i only add a small portion by volume but i've not been able to find anything saying they inhibit copper uptake
ah, looks like I was wrong, it's iron and zinc, not copper
it's because of the phosphorous
peppers can just be finicky when they're young though, so it may just be that
Planted out the gooseberries and blueberries into the orchard, and put mine and the kids' project flowers into the new garden bed. Eris has a peony, the boys have marigolds and I've got columbines.
I GOT BOYSENBERRY PLANTS!!!!
I feel like no one is appreciating what a big deal this is for me when I scream about it in Discord SO I'M GONNA SCREAM ABOUT IT TO YOU NOW. Knott's Berry Farm was my childhood and that was the ONLY place I could get boysenberry anything because they're very difficult to impossible to ship, plus the original cultivar had issues with susceptibility to fungal infections, so the plant wasn't widespread outside of California. But I HAVE SOME NOW!! When I get my canning stuff I am going to make so much boysenberry syrup.
We also got a buttercup squash. His name is Squashua.
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