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Hot house peppers October 10, 2008

Posted by liajo in gardening mistakes.
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My peppers did lousy this year.  I think it was because I left them planted in the greenhouse and because I didn’t thin them out enough.  I should have known better. 

I am from the southwest so I know that peppers need heat.  What they didn’t do to good with was the humidity in the greenhouse.  I was just to wet for them.

The second problem was greed on my part.  I really wanted a big crop so I didn’t thin the plants out like they should have been.  Not only did this keep the plants small because they didn’t have enough room to grow, but it also made for a nice buffet for the pests.  The plants were so close that the bugs could crawl from one to another.  I did thin them out a couple of weeks ago, but its to late to make a big difference.

I am thinking about planting some peppers in containers in my sun room.  Hopefully that way we can get a little bit of a crop this year.  Next year, the peppers go outside the greenhouse, and gets lots of room to grow.

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Pruning tomatos September 14, 2008

Posted by liajo in gardening mistakes.
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I make a lot of gardening mistakes and NOT pruning is one of them.  I should have pruned the tomatos about six weeks ago, I just couldn’t make myself to it.  I know pruning is good for the fruit, but the object is to grow plants.  Pruning doesn’t seem to agree with that objective.

I did prune the tomatos this weekend.  It took a good couple of hours but I am pleased with the results.  Now there is better air circulation around and between the plants, and light can get down to the soil.  I know that I will see the results in more and bigger tomatos.

Maybe next time something needs to be pruned I’ll remember this.