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Honey Badger

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#1559964 The Pest Guide

Posted by Honey Badger on 14 June 2018 - 08:41 AM

Spider mite?

they seem solitary but there are lots of them running around all over outside. they are very fast.

No webbing noticed, that i can't attribute to a real spider guardian.

i smush them when i see them

should i neem the plants? I've never used any kind of pesticide...or watch and wait?



I have those as well but I don't think they are mites. They are too big and too fast for mites. 




Somebody may be able to tell us what this creature is. It could be baby spider or a tick or indeed a mite.


The main question is, should be exterminated or let live? :D



#1558229 How much wind and cold damage can pepper plants take?

Posted by Honey Badger on 06 June 2018 - 09:47 AM

I potted up my plants into 2/3/5 gallon pots, and took around just over a week or so of slowly putting them outside for more and more time, exposing them to more and more sun, in an attempt to harden them off.


I went away for two days, so I left them outside hoping they would be okay, but I guess I didn't harden them off well enough because a lot of them looked pretty rough when I got home. My balcony is really windy in general, and it's been a bit colder than usual at night while I was gone. Around 8 degrees Celsius (46 Fahrenheit) 


When I got home, a lot of them had a whole bunch of leaves snapped off by the wind, and a lot of the remaining leaves on the plants are shriveling up at the ends and turning a really dark color. Not all of them are fortunately, but a lot look damaged for sure.


I brought them all inside as soon as I got home, as the next couple of days are supposed to still be pretty cold, especially at night (still around 8 C/ 46 F). 


My plan is to leave them inside while I'm at work during the day, since it's super cloudy and windy/chilly, and maybe put them out for an hour or so over the next few days when I get home to get them used to it, and until its warmer outside again.


I was wondering a few of things:


1. Will the ones that only have a couple of leaves left (went from like 6 sets of true leaves to just having 2-3 leaves total left) be able to come back?


2. Should I prune off the damaged and/or shriveled leaves?


3. Whats the best way to get them to recover in this scenario?


Thanks for any and all help! 


1. They should recover if the weather and general conditions improve.

2. If the leaves are too damaged, I would pinch them off to stop them attracting desease and pests. Plant will eventually drop them anyway.

3. Move them out of harshest elements somewhere warm and sheltered. Or get some horti-culti fleece and wrap them up till weather improves.


I hope this helps.

#1556865 Plants in full sun throughout the day

Posted by Honey Badger on 31 May 2018 - 04:05 AM

1. Harden them off slowly at first. Put them out but in shade then gradually move them on to sunny parts. They need to get used to full sun.


2. Or put them out in full sun but watch them - if they start drooping, move them to shaded area.

#1556637 New hobbyist looking for comments

Posted by Honey Badger on 30 May 2018 - 08:24 AM

I would take them out of aquarium and give them some wind to help them strenghten their roots and stem. Transplant them into individual pots with good drainage and they should be fine for some time.

#1555284 Best poop for peppers?

Posted by Honey Badger on 24 May 2018 - 10:00 AM

I'm using chicken manure pellets at the moment. When I was repotting into their final 12L pots, I put handful of pellets at the bottom, covered them with layer of compost then potted the plant as normal. That way, the pellets should break down a little before the roots reaches it and it hopefully won't burn the plant. 



#1551699 Aphids

Posted by Honey Badger on 07 May 2018 - 04:15 PM

I made few borax feeding stations for ants. The idea is to soak cotton ball in solution of borax, sugar and water into a container with holes ants can access but not bees, so a plastic cup with lid with couple of holes drilled. I have seen ants feeding all day.

#1551541 Aphids

Posted by Honey Badger on 07 May 2018 - 02:38 AM

Mother Nature takes care of mine ,     :party:


Oh, I see. You let them die of old age. :D


Last year they brought aphids to lots of my plants but luckily, mainly calendulas and nasturtiums which were decoy plants anyway. I probably have several ants nests but can't pin point them to deal with it. 

#1544210 DWC How much calcium should I add per liter of nutes

Posted by Honey Badger on 10 April 2018 - 03:27 AM

I know this works for soil but won't the solid's just sit at the bottom of the bucket and not stay in solution?


When acetic acid from vinegar reacts with eggshells it will free up some Ca from CaCO3 which you will later mix with water. You could strain bits of eggshell and discard it. Ca is just a trace element and your plants don't need much of it, so it may be OK for you to try this eggshell recipe.



Or you can buy it from a shop. :)

#1483796 what's wrong with my pepper plant?

Posted by Honey Badger on 15 August 2017 - 05:30 AM

You should have put them in cone shaped moulds in good time. Now it's too late and you just have to live with wonky fruit. 




#1467974 Favourite tomato variety

Posted by Honey Badger on 17 June 2017 - 03:06 AM



These are most of my plants. 



#1467973 Favourite tomato variety

Posted by Honey Badger on 17 June 2017 - 02:47 AM

I'm growing about 10 types of tomato in my small London garden. They seem to be doing fine and some are started to set fruit which is really nice.


I made this 'guide' to help me remember what I planted:




I only have 1 or 2 plants of each variety.