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Location: Santa Cruz
Posted: Jul/21/2008 12:40 PM PST
I live in a mild/warm coastal area with day temps between 60-85F in the summer, and my garden is in a particularly windy spot (my only outdoor space :/ ). I have three tomato plants (patio, sungold cherry and early girl), an eggplant (lavendar touch), and a chili pepper plant (serrano)-- we're calling the garden our "eggplant salsa." I'm watering daily since the plants all have small fruit and I'm fertilizing every three weeks.
1. The plants aren't all that productive, and the tomato and pepper plants drop some flowers. Is this because I'm not watering enough or what?
2. The pepper plant has some purplish veins in it-- is this normal? Is my plant too cold? (I attached a pic)
3. I planted the plants (transplants) about a month ago, and the pepper and eggplant are still relatively small. Is there any way I can help boost their growth?
4. Does anyone know of any *cheap* ways to make a wind blockade?
Posted: Jul/21/2008 1:00 PM PST
A trellis would make a nice wind block. Or some bigger plants on the windy side. Trellises are relatively cheap. Sometimes you can find trellis that no one wants at a dump or recycling place. Might look at building sites or at a lumber yard. THey might have some with pieces missing, that they can't sell them. You could get them real cheap if not free.
Plants will drop flowers right before they grow their fruit. As far as them not getting real big, is there enough room for the roots to grow? Are they crowded?
Hope this helps.
Location: Chesapeake VA
Posted: Jul/21/2008 1:08 PM PST
Sometimes they can be slow to take off. My pepper and tomato plants were constantly dropping flowers with no production at all. They have just started producing for me in the last few weeks. I'm on the other coast where we have been having temps in the mid to upper 90's, and lows in the mid to upper 70's. Try fertilizing with a fish fertilizer. (I'm organic so don't use chemicals)
What sort of materials do have handy around the house? I think even an old blanket that's secured very well to some wood would make a good windbreak.
As for the eggplant- I have no idea. I haven't grown any in about 20 years, and back then we didn't have any luck with them (my parents garden).
Posted: Jul/22/2008 12:17 AM PST
to ME the peppers look fine some types do that lol dont worry about it much lol as fer plants in containers overall more water less fertaliser (i try keep as little as possable after compost in the beginnin of the year ta boost our topsoil pots --yea i break EVERY rule i have some pots 4 an 5 year-old soil lol)
Location: Westlake, La
Posted: Jul/22/2008 8:27 AM PST
What are your night temps? These vegetables like warm temperatures, especially the eggplant.