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Discussion in 'Conversations Forum' started by The Hollyberry Lady, Jun 14, 2009.
I just got the seeds you sent me too!!! :)
Oh that's so great that you got the seeds! I suppose you'll be rushing off to plant some too? I already have a few of the moonflower seeds sown, and 10 of the Chilly Chili seeds!!!
Oh I can't wait. I began a thread on IBS just now too, called 'A thread for hot pepper-a-holics' - be sure to join. Just click new posts or new threads and it will come up in the 'other plants' section. You can post your chili shots there too!
P.S. Hope you enjoy your seeds, Blake. You have many new varieties now to work with. I know you will love them...
By the way...
My Prairie Fire and my Violetta seeds popped today. Here's a pic of some of my new little pepper seedlings...
Well, it's no Siam ruby, and will come to you rather ugly after the shipping, but it'll be nice in a few months an you'll get a good tree out of it. Maybe I'll buy a plantation someday and send you some super-secret ultra-rare variety, but who knows.
For the spices, I made a kind of pepper spray out of cayenne, cloves, & minced garlic, but like you said that burns the leaves. It killed the ants going after the residue produced by aphids on my melons within seconds, and killed the aphids later too, but sadly a few weeks later I realized my fowl move - nearly the entire bottom half of the plants I was spraying had nasty ugly dead leaves. I'd recommend ladybugs before home-made pepper spray for aphid control. :P
Thanks Sherry.....you're a sweetie!!
Someone else told me to use Ladybugs too ShearMe.....seems to be the thing to do
Yeah, lady bugs are great. A hard shower of water will blast aphids off of the plants as well, and helps to keep control of them. Dishsoapy water will kill them too.
When I first started out in gardening, I used to make all kinds of similar sprays like that, but I hated that they burned my plant leaves, even when I rinsed thoroughly. Soapy water will kill the aphids on the plant, but hard showers of water will prevent them from building up again.
I guess we all have to find a method that works for us, even though there are tons of ways. You can even use allspice or curry if you're in a pinch and don't have the others. Cinnamon is wonderful for fungus gnats, and preventing mold on top of the soil. It is an natural anti-fungus remedy.
Watering with dishsoapy water is very effective in killing soil bugs. Plus too, the dishsoap is a natural wetting agent, so if you ever water a pot where the soil just won't seem to wet down, and the water won't sink in, just add dishsoap and it will solve the problem completely.
12.3 - Insecticide
Rhubarb leaves can be used to make an effective organic insecticide for any of the leaf eating insects (cabbage caterpillars, aphids, peach and cherry slug etc). 6,15
12.3.1 - Recipe 1
•Basically you boil up a few pounds of rhubarb leaves in a few pints of water for about 15 or 20 minutes,
•allow to cool,
•then strain the liquid into a suitable container.
•Dissolve some soap flakes in this liquid and use it to spray against aphids.
So, next time you pick some rhubarb stems to eat, you can put the leaves to good use rather than just composting them (which isn't in itself such a bad use, I guess).
12.3.2 - Recipe 2
•Shred 1.5 kg (3 lbs.) rhubarb leaves
•and boil in 3.5 liters (1 gallon) of water for 30 minutes.
•Allow to cool and then strain. (use old utensils if you can - the rhubarb will stain most things and poison the rest.
•In a small saucepan heat to boiling point 2.5 litters (2.5 quarts) of water and mix in 125 g (4 oz) of softened soap ends (any bits of soap left in the shower).
•Allow to cool (stirring regularly to make sure all the soap is dissolved).
•Add to the strained leaf mixture, stir vigorously, and the spray directly onto infested leaves.
The unused spray can be kept for a day or two, but keep your kids away its still quite harmful.
Tried and true method
I meant to say that it is "soap" one uses not detergent.
Pure soap is better
Cinnamon is for fungus gnats you say? Well, what about their larvae? I just can't seem to get rid of them in the hydroponics system - even with the added BTI spores!
It might not get rid of them completey, but sprinkling a little cinnamon on the top of the soil will cut back on fungus gnat activity a lot.
Yep....i have heard of the cinnamon, and it does work for the surface.
posting your seeds tomorrow Penny.
I got Sherry's seeds today and i have set your's aside Katalina, and will be mailing your's off in the next couple of days too.
I need a bigger seed tub for saving all the seeds my mates are sending from accross that great big pond lolol
Now if only I could wade accross.
You take extra, extra care with those deep blue two seeds penny wenny.
A Pic as I was going through my files to save in various places,
I must have got it from Wiki which is a free site.
I think its awesome!
A Musa Veluntina
You know, i'm not sure now where I got that when I look at the size in Photoshop.
3072 x 2304 if its from Wiki its unusual for me to save it as such a size, its more like one of my scan sizes...shrugs shoulders...dunno.
look at what I won/will be getting soon!!!
I have seeds for Musa Velutina, and if you think that pic is nice Katalina - check out these ones!!!...
Wow, Blake! That's pretty tough to get that one number out of all those other's. Did you guess, or are you some supper-smart math wiz calculating all the probabilities?
Congratulations on your new nanner plant, Blake!
Which kind is it?
Well, guess what? I picked my first melons today!
Here's picks before, during and after the processing, not including the cling-wrap and fridge stages.
Anyone need seeds? lol :P
Is that a honey dew melon? A good looking bit of fruit.
Yes, Honeydew, and I shall taste it chilled in the morning. :)
Gee whizz blake, like you really needed another plant..lmaooooo
Great tip Liz!
Very nice, I still don't know where my image came from.
Ice Cream 'Blue Java' banana plant.
I just Googled it Blake, thats a cool plant for sure.