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    media method to buffer coco?

    I honestly wouldn't mess with pH adjusting that - especially if it's going into a mix. And even more so, if you're going to keep it an organic grow (but still, if it were me, I'd not mess with it, anyway) However, for buffering coco, just use anything with more than 4% calcium, let it soak for...
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    media method to buffer coco?

    You couldn't be more wrong. Buffering is important. That's why bagged coco comes pre-buffered. Otherwise, you're playing a guessing game with dosing on the fly, and never really knowing what your media is locking up, vs what your plant is getting. You don't buffer coco once it's planted out...
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    container Grow bags vs. Pots.

    I put forth the proposition here once, that the way the roots formed - and especially later in the grow - actually contribute to container drainage (and I maintain that notion). There were a few that thought I was crazy. But I'm quite certain that you'll find it to be true, over and over...
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    off-topic The Year of Volcanoes ??

    If by "sign of the times", you mean the penultimate conclusion of Earth's tectonic plates being undermined by aeons of ceaseless activity - then I'd be inclined to say that you're probably spot on...
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    overwintering Bonchi from last year

    Just curious what makes you take that approach, as opposed to using the coarser mix throughout? I would think that for such a small plant, one wouldn't want to impede drainage by mixing media types. I've just started growing with bonsai mix indoors, for plants that have no chance of going...
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    pests Whiteflies on small pepper plant

    I don't want to have a long protracted discussion over semantics - so I'll go straight to my point. The "sunburn" effect - whereby water droplets, standing on leaves, causes the leaf to burn locally - is a myth, pure and simple. That does not happen. Even good sense should tell us this, as if...
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    pests Whiteflies on small pepper plant

    https://www.google.com/search?q=%22neem+oil%22+%22direct+sunlight%22&oq=%22neem+oil%22+%22direct+sunlight%22&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i22i30j0i390l4.16746j0j7&client=ms-android-samsung-rvo1&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8 Article after article explicitly warns against using neem in direct sunlight...
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    pests Whiteflies on small pepper plant

    I still say that the OP needs to identify which species of whitefly they have in their area. We shouldn't take for granted that our domestic varieties are the same as those from other places. Not all whitefly are created equally (I'm saying that while dealing with about 3 different species...
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    pests Whiteflies on small pepper plant

    You would do best to ask this question locally where you live. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of whitefly species. And they are not all treated the same. Some whitefly are among the toughest pests you could ever have. Some won't even tolerate a spray down with water. It's a...
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    container Using fresh pince bark in container mixture

    Here in the land of hot and humid, we use a mix that is: 80% composted pine bark fines 10% peat moss 10% sand And it is just about the best thing that I've ever used. Good for about 3 years in containers, good forever in raised beds (providing the beds have an open bottom)
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    container Using fresh pince bark in container mixture

    Doesn't really apply so much for bark, except that it could help get rid of excess wood in the bark mix (which isn't typically a problem, even in bagged pine bark fines, with visible levels of wood). In general, though, for planting with composted pine bark as a primary, you don't want a lot of...
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    container Using fresh pince bark in container mixture

    2-3 years. And then keep top dressing it with any stage of pine bark, year in, year out, after that. Also, you don't "attract" termites. If there's termites in your stuff, they were already in the vicinity. They move in roving colonies, and we don't do an awful lot to influence that...
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    organic Organic discussion

    @Marturo - welcome to cancel culture, where only the most fragile survive... 🙄 On the bright side, just think how much better you'll feel about yourself - not having to walk on eggshells - lest you thoroughly unhinge someone who is supremely offend-able. It's better this way. 🙃😊
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    organic Organic discussion

    I've been to dozens of countries on 4 separate continents - and I think that most 3rd world countries have better staple diets than we do here. The poor will always be the poor, with no clear winners on a poverty scale. Lots of factors for poverty, all of them outside of the discussion, but...
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    organic Organic discussion

    Which is why we shouldn't be complaining about GMOs. Assuming for a second that GMOs aren't actually harmful, we are due for a population doubling in ~40 years time. That's a disaster for just about everything. I advocate more GMO and corn based food products, along with continuing to add...
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    health Serranos: pale leafs with brown spots

    Can't tell if it's just the photo, or... But the color of the whole plant seems off. When did you put these outside for the first time? And where in Florida are you located? Annuums don't tend to do really well here at this time of year. That's a late fall/winter planting. The humidity...
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    container Grow bags vs. Pots.

    I used to have a friend that was a restaurant owner, and he gave me as many free, food grade plastic pickle buckets, as I wanted. Even after all of my weird experiments and wack innovations, I think I still have about 30 or so stacked in the shed. And that is as good as it gets. The terra...
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    container Grow bags vs. Pots.

    I live in about as humid an environment as you can find, and I absolutely loathe cloth bags. Used to use them, and they worked great early on. But later, as the plants got bigger, and the weather got more hot/humid, there's something that changes in the whole dynamic. I also got some weird...
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    health Nutrient problems, or dying plants?

    Using a mix that is mostly compost is always a bit concerning. One can get away with it, where the weather is very dry. However, in wetter/more humid places, it just won't work, or starts displaying problems later in the season. I'm not a fan of high compost mixes, and where I grow, I refuse...
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    health Nutrient problems, or dying plants?

    Forget the deficiency guide. Almost nobody every solved a nutrient problem with that chart. When one thing is deficient, other things follow suit, and it's next to impossible to diagnose single nutrients. Treat your feeding issues holistically, by considering that you're probably looking at...
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