Batch’64—- Gardening —Tips— Praxy

The s is a deviation from our routine blogs.
I have sent a photo of my 🌶 chilli plant grown in a pot on the window sill. The reason for growing this is the fact that where we live it is difficult and very expensive to buy these unlike in London.For anybody who wants to grow chillies at home this is a brilliant idea as they need warmth and sunlight . So the window sill is the ideal. Any comments on how to increase the yield ?
Praxy
Dear all ,this is the harvest from one of my chilli plants. Thought you might like to see. They all started turning red so had to pay pick them . On YouTube I watched a clip on how to freeze them . So I am ok for the festive season . Praxy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

44 thoughts on “Batch’64—- Gardening —Tips— Praxy

  1. Dear Praxy,
    very impressed to see how luxuriously a chilli plant
    Has grown on your window sill bearing many a fruit
    This certainly looks an extraordinary high quality result
    Received by a green fingered lady with huge committment

    in addition to the warmth, solar energy and the liquid feed
    To get such a harvest the plant must love the gardener a lot
    I may not be far wrong to assume, while watering and feeding
    Must be singing favourite songs to the plant in your voice sweet
    Ariya

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  2. Dear Praxy,
    I notice that there is a heater underneath to give the chilli plant a Srilankan warmth !
    What else are you growing? Any thing unusual?
    Seelan

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    • Dear Praxy,
      Can Cannabis be grown on the window sill
      Even in a temperate country, despite the chill
      Observation above by Seelan, probably is innocent
      But my mischievous mind, looks always for more profit
      Ariya

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    • Actually Seelan the central heating radiator did not help much as the plant was kept in a spot where sunlight could reach and it was brought to the window sill when I wanted to take a photo.
      I am not growing anything unusual as we would not get benefitted from it. However I am growing a ginger plant in flower pot as I saw a video clip on how to grow it indoors. See I am trying to be self sufficient in my old age. Ha ha ha. Praxy

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  3. Now, Now Seelan my dear ,
    You dont ask these questions from a good convent girl – specially from someone like Praxy !!
    First of all to Sam- This is a wonderful idea – to start a Gardening Tips during the winter months for us in the Western Hemisphere .
    Praxy and Ariya- this is your brain child that you both very effectively strung on the Spider Web and the Master fell for it !!!
    Brilliant move I must say .
    Here is some good advice from eagledmastergardener .
    A few tips to increase the growth of chillie peppers —

    Now to answer your question- how to increase the productivity –
    All plants need three elements –
    N- Nitrogen for vegetative growth ,
    P- Phosphates and Calcium for Reproductive growth – ie to promote flowers and fruits .
    K- Potassium for general good health and immunity for the plant growth .
    You will have to use a special Indoor Garden Fertilizer ( Liquid or soluble granular ) that has a higher P- ie the Middle number as we call it out of the NPK.
    Add Bone meal or finely crushed egg shells for calcium , that will promote good root growth as the Ca will eventually reach the bottom of the pot, where the roots are .
    Watering – wait till the pot is completely dry and water thoroughly after that . Peppers are generally quite drought tolerant .
    I notice the heater near the sunny window sill- this will keep the plant nice and warm, and will also prevent any mold and fungus growth .
    Also, it will help to keep the soil a little more on the dry side .

    Chillie peppers are sun lovers – so, the window sill is the ideal spot for it .
    You may have to aid in the pollination of any flowers that bloom indoors .

    Summer- when warm weather arrives in May- for you in UK- this plant can be take out , after gradually making it get used to the Indoor – outdoor transition – ” hardening ” as we gardeners call this process .
    I will tell you more about this , come spring .

    Thanks again- Sam, Praxy and Ariya for this great way to spend the winter months .
    Today- 4th nov- is Day Light Savings time for us in Canada and some parts of USA .
    and we had to turn the clocks back one hour last night .

    Bye for now- I am going to have a very busy weekend – with some local township activities , protest march, Water Walk etc etc . ( not for Web blog consumption ! )
    Gotta get going to attend a Sunrise Ceremony now .

    Good Luck to Chillie peppers !!
    eagleDmastergardner .
    ps- take up Ariya’s hint- ‘Sing To The Plant ‘– it is well known that plants do respond to the attitudes of the gardener- so, the old saying ” talk to the plant ‘ for good plant health , has been scientifically proven .
    Look up Dr Google for this one .

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  4. Hi Praxy,
    Great job ! Nothing like vegies grown in the backyard. I believe a conservatory or a small purpose built hot house would be ideal. I know of a Srilankan who used to grow Okra, Eggplant (brinjal), chillies, gotu-kola etc in a glass house fitted with heaters in the middle of North island of New Zealand where temps drop below 0 in the winter. We got no such problems in sunny Brisbane. Our problem is the insect pests and I grow vegies in a raised garden bed and cover with a mosquito net brought from Srilanka !

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    • Hi Wally,
      Yes you are lucky to be able to grow all these in your back garden. I can grow them outside only in the Summer and that too sometimes the temperature is not that warm. Praxy

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    • wow Abeypala !- what an innovative idea- a mosquito net for pest control – never heard that one before .
      I fenced my yard with an electric fence last year, to keep out deer browsing, as a last resort , and it worked like a charm- NO deer anywhere down the street.
      So, Good Fences makes Good Neighbors !

      All of the vegts you mentioned grow even in Canada, in green houses , and in the open garden in Florida and Arizona- specially Karapincha , that can take a low temps of the Phoenix winter– still has to be above freezing / Frost .
      many SL folks here grow gotu kola and karapincha as house indoor plants in Canada .

      My Tomato plants with tomatos dripping from it , grown in pots, that I was sooo proud of, to take to the Arctic some years ago , were on my front door step.
      The darn deer came and ate them all, while I was out grocer shopping.
      The Deer did their shopping on my front door step !

      Gardening is Fun !- sharing ideas , is even more fun .
      Thanks Sam , Praxy and Ariya .
      eagledmdmastergardener !

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      • Dear 🦅D
        I can remember how the deer 🦌🦌🦌came and ate your Forsythia too. 🌱🌱🌱🌱They were feasting on your plants but still I saw what a wonderful garden you had and what a lot of trouble you took to maintain it.You being crowned Master Gardner 🏆🏆🏆🏆🥇🥇🥇was great. So we are lucky to have you as our advisor. My dream is to plant a Karapincha plant. Can you grow them from seed ? Praxy

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  5. My dear Abey,
    Very nice to hear from you and for the tip, many thanks
    In our back garden here in London, too pests are menaces
    I have the greatest respect for those organic farmers
    Even with pesticides it is tough, must try idea of using nets
    Ariya

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    • Praxi I am very impressed ,unlike up north here in London it’s so easy to buy the green chillies you are after. I would love to grow curry leaves any suggestions as to where I can buy a plant or has it got to be brought from SL.

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      • Hi marina

        You can get curry leaves plant here, but getting across the customs will be the problem.

        rajes.

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      • HI Marina,
        ‘ I had a friend from UK visiting me in the summer and she took plants from my garden to UK and she said that one is allowed to bring over plants from Canada to UK .
        So, you may try your luck on it – Ask Rajes where you can buy a karapincha plant in Toronto area-.
        good l uck- eagleD

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      • Dear Marina
        That is my dream too, to grow a Karapincha plant as we can’t get them at all up here in the North. I saw on Amazon and a plant was £10 and knowing how cheap it is in SL I did not want to spend that amount on a K plant. I brought two K plants from Wimal place when we visited them this year. Wimal took a lot of trouble to pack them
        nicely, but after about 6 months they died . I think because I put too much Miracke grow. However I bought some Lemongrass seeds on Amazon and that was cheap 500 seeds for £1.50. If you like I can post some seeds to you . Praxy

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  6. Dear Praxy and Ariya,
    In SL chilliest are subject to leaf curl infection. If it happens just wash the plant with soap and water.
    Narme

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    • Dear Narme, thanks for the brilliant idea to rid miserable pests
      Most organically grown fruits and Vegas are peppered with holes
      Must confess, I have not tried the remedy you just proposed
      Will give a try as soap is not harmful to humans, unlike pesticides
      Ariya

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    • Narme thank you very much for this information. Actually one of my other chilli plants did suffer from leaf curl and I did not want to spray it with anything in case the sprays are poisonous. So I put it outside in the summer but I think the temperature was not high for the plant and it died.This advice is brilliant as soap cannot harm us. In fact I gave one plant to a friend and she said the plant died of leaf curl . Praxy

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    • Good tip- wash with Neem soap water- ie Kohomba soap.
      It is an insect growth retardant- ie- it slows down feeding and hence, reproducing of the insect .
      Neem Soap water is expensive in Canadian Garden Centres .
      I just go to the Indian Stores and buy a few bars of the good old neem soap.
      The last time I was in SL for the RU- 64- in 2014- I brought to Canada, a few bars of Kohomba soap, and it works like a charm .
      Try this- better than regular soap .
      Detergent soap- does have the same effectiveness as soap bar soap solutions.
      eagledmdmastergardner .

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  7. Dear Deepthie Madam,
    I never meant to suspect convent girls. One of my neighbour, an Asian migrant had a flower farm supplying flowers to the flower market. Within few years he became a multi-multi millionaire . Some one told me that he grows ‘some thing else” in between flower plants ! So, naturally, every thing is suspicious to me. True, I shouldn’t have asked innocent convent girl that question. Sorry.
    Chilli is easily available in Sydney, so I spend time in other type of gardening- No, No – not like the neighbour. May be I will send you some photos one day – with your botanical brain, you can name them.
    Seelan

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  8. Dear Deepthie,
    I can vouch on behalf of Seelan, having recently visited his mansion
    There is a wonderful garden but wealth he accrued is through his brain
    If more profitable crops can be grown at home on a sunny window sill
    There is no objection serving the public with chilli or any other vegetation
    Ariya

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    • Commercial Uses- I have heard that people use chilie ( miris kudu ) as a Throw at the Face of would be Break in and Enter thieves !
      In SL- it used to be a mol haga hidden behind the door .
      I guess- Miris Kudu- is better, and easier to carry around !!

      I use it to deter rabbits and chip munks and squirrels- gets them sneezing and they know better next time .
      Chillie flakes- the hot taste will stay over for a while, even after a few rain showers .
      worth a try.
      eagledmdmastergardener

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  9. Hi Gardeners
    it is so interesting to read all the suggestions. Narme has suggested using soap and water.
    Our master gardener suggested Neam soap. Praxi, what is your suggestion for growing ginger. i will be interested. thank you.

    rajes.

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    • Hi Rajes
      Good to hear from you. I saw a video clip on YouTube on how to grow ginger and garlic.. I cut the green shoot like part, from a piece of ginger brought from shop. Bury it in Seed and cutting compost from garden centre so that just the tip is showing. Soon it will start growing .I have placed the pot on the window sill .If you go to YouTube it shows in detail . Praxy

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  10. Hi Praxy
    This tip is given to me by a gardener,not my invention. Add a few crystals of potassium permanganate to a litre of low fat milk and spray it to the plant. It works very well. this can be sprayed to roses as well with very good results. Soap water is not as good as the above
    Your plant’s yield looks very good. It’s better to have enough to have for a longer period than having all the chillies in one go
    Selvi

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    • HI Selvi- great old fashioned idea of permanganate soln.
      Did we not use it in medicine for something or other for skin infestations with something or other ?
      I love the way this discussion is going !
      Thanks – eagled

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    • Dear Selvi,
      Thank you for that .
      Yes it has a good yield but now all are turning red at the same time so I will have to pick them soon.. I am going to sow some chilli 🌶 seeds again to get new plants..Praxy

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  11. Dear Praxy & Deepthie
    As you requested, I will send some photos . Soil in my place is not suitable for gardening as it is a reclaimed land- Salty soil & sea breeze, however I managed to create a garden – both for cooking use & Flower garden for beauty. You may give me more ideas & advice & I will reveal my secrets!!!
    Cheers
    Seelan

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    • HI Seelan- just waiting to see your ‘garden ‘
      I suppose it must be in a green house kind of place – with good light and air circulation .
      or is it located in a nice sheltered place on your property ?
      I love to see garden photos of different parts of the world, specially when it is done by people who are not professional gardeners ‘
      I had a lot of fun and lots o f photos of gardens in Aus during my two visits there, some 20 yrs ago .
      Shiranci had a lovely little vegt garden in her home in Adelaide and I was soooo impressed by it , and now her daughter is carrying on the tradition .

      Waiting to see your Magic Garden Photos .
      eagledmdmastergardener !

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  12. Dear Praxy
    Your chilli plant looks very prosperous and happy. Thanks for posting it. Your entry has started very useful blog. Extremely useful to every body.
    How is your ginger plant growing. I might try both. You make great effort in growing these. I might put a pictures of those cactuses when it is in full bloom.
    Swarna

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    • Dear Swarna
      It was very easy to grow . Just bought a packet of seeds from Wilko and just planted them in a pot .Then transplant about two or three good ones into another pot and keep on the window sill.Got a lot of chillies but all are turning red at the same time. To grow ginger just cut off the green shoot from a piece of ginger and plant it in a pot with seed and cutting or potting compost and it will grow. Have to wait and see what sort of yield I will get .. may be in a few months time.Go to YouTube and all the details are there.

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  13. Dear Praxy
    Please allow an amateur gardener to add a few details of my experience in growing Gotu Kola” I add used tea leaves (can use the tea leaves in Te bags) and egg shells as manure and the plants thrive well

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