BUT, since you want to eat the peppers. Using a chemical insecticide is not a really good idea, IMO.
I try to use only organic/vegie friendly means to get rid of critters.
The info I gave you, in the first part was based on Orchids (my other hobby).
Before resorting to buying the spray I did dousing them with water and spraying them with soapy water several days in a row - neither seemed to phase these particular aphids, sadly. They're -very- stubborn. They're still lingering around at this point - every few days a few more seem to show up on the leaves.
I've also put down a fairly thick layer of Diatomaceous Earth in the past while to help control the fungus gnats that are also lingering around - and sadly, those buggers are stubborn, too.
So, I finally have my HPS 1000w light kit all setup, although it's in my bedroom rather than my basement (see this post for the explanation: click here!).
I quickly discovered today that this type of light produces quite a difference when it comes to taking photos. Even just looking at my mobile while around the light causes quite the glare. lol .. So, to say the least, I had to work at the editing to try and adjust so the photos didn't look quite so sunburned, but here's the first I've taken of the new space with my pretty new light:
.. These photos don't show quite all of the plants that I currently have in this space and I don't intend to keep all of these in this small space - it's just a temporary fix until I can afford the materials to build the space in our basement. While they're still relatively small I figured I'd let them soak up the love from this light while they can, though.
The plants I have in this area account for around 2/3 of all the plants I currently have growing. (yeah, I definitely planted far too many - lesson learned!)
In this area, at the moment:
Super Chile - One mature (top-right corner) and one seedling (just to the left of the thermostat/humidity monitor)
Bell Pepper - One, just to the right of the thermostat
Jalapeno - Technically, "Jalapa Hybrid" - around 3-4 on the left-hand side (grown from seeds bought from Walmart *sigh*)
Cayenne - Not sure the specific type (bought as seedlings from Central Supplies) - around 3
Habanero - "Habanero Red" according to the garden center they were purchased from - 3 plants
Naga Jolokia - Around 12-14
Carolina Reaper - One, located just behind the Bell Pepper (sole survivor of a slew of seeds I received from Pepper Joe with my first order.. back [in the summer] when I was dumb enough to think only misting the plants would be enough water *shakes his head*)
Trinidad 'Butch T' - 2 sprouts that just poked out of the ground in the past 2-3 days (came with my "Volcano in a Box" - 2nd order from Pepper Joe)
I -really- hope that they'll all start filling out now instead of stretching ever upward (as they were doing under the T8's)
I had the light on for a few hours last night to get a feel for how much it would heat the space (and to give the area a chance to warm up), before I moved the plants in. I had trouble sleeping last night - partly from worry about my plants first night under the light, and partly from the fact that, so far, the space is closed off using blankets that do a poor job of stopping this scorching sun of a light from getting through. lol
.. P.s. I'm still working on getting the reflective material up on the walls - that'll help a lot, I'm sure, once it's in place.
Edited by Super Hots Canada, 29 November 2013 - 05:56 PM.