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  1. J

    My small urban garden

    Sorry to hear about your health, not nice to be stuck in hospital. I saw little sting marks on some of the other pumpkins that rotted away, so you could be right in that its an insect and not the weather that caused the fruit drop and rotting. So far the Lupin plants are still very short...
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    My small urban garden

    February 2019 garden update: Overall this year my veggie garden did not do as well as last year and the year before that, and I put the blame squarely on the erratic summer weather we have had so far. We have had a lot of heatwaves and high temps, as well as heavy rainstorms & hail and this...
  3. J

    My small urban garden

    Great idea, thank you. Can't understand why the pumpkins on the trellis got moldy also, as it was not touching the ground and the plants itself do not have mold on them, the leaves and stems look healthy still.
  4. J

    I'm off corn

    Ah ok so you also in Summer Rainfall area. It sucks that you have to buy water though. I know drilling boreholes is expensive, but isn't that perhaps an option to look at in the future?
  5. J

    My small urban garden

    Some pics of my curry plants & also my lovage which is growing in a tyre. The curry bush is a great perennial plant. When you wet the leaves with water, the aroma of curry fills the air. It is very easily propagated from cuttings. The curry trees have gone to seed, so once the seed berries are...
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    I'm off corn

    It is tough trying to grow anything in drought conditions. When is you rainy season, winter or summer? In the past I haven't had much luck with corn that I grew in containers on my patio, with dismal yields. This time round I planted them in the soil in my alleyway instead. The seeds I...
  7. J

    My small urban garden

    On another note, yesterday I harvested a couple of gem squashes and some turnips from my alleyway garden & I noticed that some of the pumpkins that has formed on the ground as well as on the trellises, are getting black mold and kinda shriveling up, whilst the small newly formed pumpkins are...
  8. J

    My small urban garden

    Lol very true. I've had my eye on the ready made complete set up on this website (a bit pricey though but it has everything I will need to get started): http://www.flowbins.co.za/?page_id=42
  9. J

    My small urban garden

    Took a few photos today of my plants in the mint family & included the vics plant and lemon verbena. I planted korean mint and bergamot seed and one of them germinated, not sure which. Forgot to add a pic of my Nepeta Mussinii to this mint collage, but I have already posted a pic of that before...
  10. J

    My small urban garden

    That is a great idea Tony. Pricing wise they are more expensive than wheelie bins , but hold more water, so definitely something to consider. I've actually been toying with the idea for a few years now, to try my hand at aquaponics (I like the idea of having fresh fish on hand) and using ICB...
  11. J

    My small urban garden

    Been having lots of rain since last weekend, which is a very welcome, since we have had repeated heatwaves since beginning September & the country is experiencing a drought. On my patio I am currently using an old wheelie bin with a missing wheel, propped up on bricks, as a makeshift rain...
  12. J

    My small urban garden

    Thank you for the info, a bit disappointing to hear that the fruit is not that great tasting, but since I only have the 1 plant, I will let it continue to grow as it is not taking up much space.
  13. J

    My small urban garden

    Thank you the tips regarding Spring Onions. I do grow it as well, but on a very small scale and mostly use it in stir fries. At the moment I'm actually waiting for some seeds I planted, to germinate. Have to admit that I never though of growing it as a replacement crop for onions - definitely...
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    My small urban garden

    Indeed, I've used borax and sugar, mixed with a bit of water in the past to control ants and it it worked very well, I think I will mix up a batch again. Since the beginning of spring, the weather has been flip flopping, ranging from repeated heatwaves, a few very cold days and a few days of...
  15. J

    Growing Lentils

    Planted quite a few pigeon pea seeds in the new alley way garden beds. They germinated nicely - I will update my urban garden thread with pics, once the seedlings are big enough to justify taking pics...:)
  16. J

    My small urban garden

    Tamarillo Tree My Tamarillo tree is finally flowering, can't wait to see some fruits! I bought it a few years ago from a nursery, as a seedling. It is about 3 years old now I think. Anyway, the flowers are beautiful, but I see that there is a lot of flower drop happening as well. I searched...
  17. J

    My small urban garden

    Thank you. Funny enough, for instance I personally don't eat hot chillis at all, but my family eats it, so I grow it, plus I have a bit of an obsession with trying my hand at growing different varieties of edibles.:secret:
  18. J

    Growing Lentils

    Thank you, definitely gonna try my hand at growing some.
  19. J

    Growing Lentils

    Thank you for all the information and the link, much appreciated. I was planning to buy dry whole lentils (not split ones), as they do sell those in the supermarkets here as well, and it can be bought locally online as well. However, I did not realize that it is a winter crop, so will now have...
  20. J

    Question Need help with my Lemon trees

    I have 2 lemon and 2 satsuma trees in individual containers and I use chamomile as a companion plant in the containers. Not only does it provide protection for the lemon tree surface roots, but it also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits for the trees. It may not solve you lemon tree...