Mort: I only use starter plants for tomatoes and jalapenos. I didnt have a garden this year because of foot surgery. I just got my walking boot off. I sure miss the fried green tomatoes and the dragon toes.
Tuesday: Annoyed this year, I bought tomato plants, rather than grow from seed. Not as big and slow growing. Won't make the same mistake next year. I know it's not the compost, I use the same each year. Everything else I grow using it gets big quick.
Plus the bags of compost are very big, cheap compared to brand names. But will be buying a composter. Local council to encourage using them, have a deal with a company to supply them at cut price compared to buying them in the shops.
Mort: I planted 2 crepe myrtle a few years ago and trimmed them before their first bloom, which put them in shock. Last couple years they've looked dead and branches snapped like sticks. I noticed this year I have new growth at the bottom and I'm not touching them ever.
Mort: Still raining here. Maybe a break in a couple of days. We had a freeze late April that killed my 14 year old house plants I always put outside the same time every year. I trimmed them down and one came back.
BadBoy7: For tomato try a table spoon of baking soda a teaspoon of mild dish water soap and a couple of table spoons of olive oil in about 5 lites of water ..put it in a spray bottle and use twice a day for the first week.
Don't know about pepper plants
Check the dish water soap as most are a petroleum derivatives or at least biogradable
<>Crosseyed Mary: they are awful to eradicate! Best to cut them to ground level which is tedious. Weed killers will do it but they are resistant. I had five that I cut to the ground, then tried herbicides. They started to return so on advice from a friend I poured petrol on them, let it soak in, lit it then to make sure a few days later poured more petrol on them but didn't light it. That worked. The white parts covering your plants are the seeds too. Best of luck !Crosseyed Mary: they are awful to eradicate! Best to cut them to ground level which is tedious. Weed killers will do it but they are resistant. I had five that I cut to the ground, then tried herbicides. They started to return so on advice from a friend I poured petrol on them, let it soak in, lit it then to make sure a few days later poured more petrol on them but didn't light it. That worked. The white parts covering your plants are the seeds too. Best of luck !
Bernice: They aren't being pollenated.. if you don't have enough bees and other flying insects that would pollenate you would need to get a can of polenater usually found at your Nurseries and Farming stores.. it is usually in spray bottles.. if that isn't the case then you might not have enough male orange trees around.. funny as it sounds that might be another solution.. I know plum trees need the male tree around to produce..
skipinnz: Beer I'll use, making it 'investigation safe' is easy enough. Yet I am finding (after finding various articles on the net) foil and copper are not to slugs taste! As a point blank deterrent it's discouraged all but one little salad muncher. Though that could have been through proximity to a low wall.
Dan and I finally got the garden in today.. What a chore this year has been.. lots of good stuff.. we still need to pick up a few more things to put in.. jalapenos and green peppers.. along with yellow onions and some cherry toms'..
If you buy a whole celery and cut the base off it, put it into a bowl of shallow water and leave it for about a week. ...it will grow....there will be a couple of new stems sprouting from the middle and there will be roots growing from the bottom....can be planted in the garden and kept moist until it really gets away :)
skipinnz: I've talked to enough people now that the plan is to split them up in another month, that way the 90 degree heat would have broke and there would be enough time for the roots to establish before hard frost