2014 season has started. I have planted my super hot chillis. I have planted my Baccatums and Chinenses varieties. They take longer to mature so need starting earlier.
The rest will be planted in a few weeks.
Patio Habanero . A mini habanero chilli, on a mini plant. This never produced for me this year, so far. Now it has flowers and lots of new pods. Now the pod is maturing red!
Home made Chilli Vodka. To make this all I did was thinly slice two tiny Krakatoa chillies. Leaving the seeds out, I added them to the bottle. Then added two Joe’s Long (Cayenne) chillies after making small slits in them with a knife. All I need to do now is wait until Christmas and Shake the bottle occasionally.
DIY Pallet Cold Frame - Part 2
I have managed to line the inside walls of the cold frame with an insulating material, and given them both a first coat of preservative stain.
PART 1- DIY Recycled Pallet Cold Frame.
Today I braved the autumn, wet weather, and built two Cold Frames from scrap wooden pallets. I had everything else, except the metal hinges and fittings, which cost £7 in total.
They are 90cm long by 45 cm wide and 38 at the highest point. The project so far has taken me a few hours as I am frustratingly slow at this sort of DIY, and I have made loads of mistakes along the way.
In part 2, I intend to stain the wood on the outside, and line the inside with a reflective, insulation material.
Garlic - The garlic cloves are pushing through to meet daylight.
Gnats, and gnat larvae, go hand in hand with mould on the surface of your compost and is a particular problem at this time of year.
Gnats eat the mould but don’t do the plant any favours and in fact can damage the plants roots. What can you do to minimise your gnat problems or eradicate them completely?
1. Increase airflow around the plants. Add a fan if you are growing indoors.
2. Reduce relative humidity if you can.
3. Stop watering until the top two inches of the soil is dry. This will help kill the larvae. The plant may look a little sad, but will bounce back.
4. Only water from the base of the plant and consider adding a thick layer of Vermiculite or Perlite to the surface of the plants. This will act as a sponge and draw some of the water out. It also makes it easier to spot the dark coloured gnats and treat if necessary.
5. Get the plant more expose to light. Move to a better position or increase the time your grow lamps are on and or more the plants closer to the lamp. The more light the better.
6. Leave bowls or cups of vinegar, wine or apple juice near your plants and the gnats are attracted to them.
7. You can buy expensive Gnat sprays from a garden centre or eBay. These kills the larvae.
8. Sprinkle Cinnamon powder on the surface of the compost. This kills the mould, so there is nothing for the gnats to feed on.
9. Flush the compost with a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide. This will kill the mould and larvae, but not harm the plant.
If the worse come to the worse remove the plant, wash the roots off in water and repot in a fresh compost with better drainage.
I hope this helps.
peonyandbee said: I wind up having a fungus gnat epidemic in my houseplants every fall when I bring them indoors. The only thing that works for me are those yellow sticky papers. They’re certainly not pretty to look at but they work!
Thanks peonyandbee. You are absolutely right. I meant to add that one and then forgot.