Hey guys, I was in Hungary and Croatia this last few weeks and of course I tried to find some good regional peppers. Hungary is known for its paprikas but there was a box of hot peppers in one of the markets that caught my eye. It wasn't just some jalapeños and bird's eyes; it also had a pepper with a stinger. I said to myself: this guy knows his stuff. Now I need your help for some proper IDs. There are some obvious ones like habaneros and jalapeños, but there are quite a few I couldn't ID with any certainty.
Hey guys. This isn't the first topic I've made on this, but this time I wanted to take the discussion a bit broader. I have most of my plants in pots, like most years. This year, however, I seem to have bought the wrong soil that basically made it all fail. But, I had a few 'rejects' that I was supposed to give away. I planted them in my garden after I couldn't find any takers. The thing is: I felt the soil in my garden wasn't ready yet at all. I had just bought new soil from a company. It was sieved of all organic matter (I wanted to start from scratch) and thus compacted like crazy. It felt like half-set concrete at times and would dry out in a flash. It was the whole reason I did a container grow in the first place.
It turns out that the plants in the garden are doing way (and by way I mean WAY) better than all of my container plants. Even after transplanting them a whole month later, they have caught up with all of my other plants. After seeing that success, I decided to dedicate another part of my garden to some peppers. They were a few more weeks behind on the rest, and even THEY caught up so easily.
Now I know getting the right potting soil is crucial. But even with a halfway medium soil I never seem to do as well as others on this forum. I'd like to be able to say the success of the garden plants is due to my green fingers, soil amending or perfect conditions, but none of that is true. I didn't feed or water them and yet they're doing so much better than the plants I HAVE been caring for. Of course, I know I'm working on a budget (just started a family etc.) so I can't expect the same results as some of you really dedicated growers. But even then I know there is so much to be gained. I've seen some people here growing plants in window sills in 5-litre pots that are bigger than my container plants outside!
This is turning into a bit of a rant so I'll try to end it. I think I'm reaching a point where I should be able to notice a positive difference in the plants that I take care of with the knowledge that I have. Yet I don't feel like I can notice that at all lately. As one of the reasons I'm here for is to learn from you guys, I would like to know what you guys think makes your container grows succeed.
TL;DR: I suck at gardening and I want to get better. Share your secrets!
What are some other pepper varieties with thin walls? I've grown Aji Amarillo's that are pretty thin-walled. They even dried out on the plant back when I was in Portugal! It's a nice feature for when you're making powders.
I know there's a sticky on this subject, but the comment section is kind of a mess... I'd like to start a little convo about soil mixing. In Paul's topic on the PdN x Bonda community grow he mentioned I could check out the ingredients on Fox Farms soil mixes and try to mix it myself over here in Europe. I was checking it out and doing some reading, and I thought I'd love to discuss it a bit with you guys. I tried my hand at it one time back when I was in Portugal, but that was a very basic mix.
From what I could find it seems these are the main components of most popular soil mixes: