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tolga erok
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I know alot won't believe me but here it goes.

The pot that my bonsai is in had a natural hole in it already that I found 1 year after I moved into my new home back in 1995. Back in 96 I was curious about bonsai but didn't have the time to care for it so I cut a small slip of my jade plant and put it in a small pot and then in side this rock.

It's 2016 and it's still living from 1996. The only time it gets a care is when I have time to do maintainance in the yard which is very seldom. A little water and maybe some old fish tank water. Again very little care and amazed at its survival 
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Your welcome. That's what I love so much about bonsai trees...they last years and years. Have a wonderful day dear.
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Sweet potatoes. ... White and orange variety picked a month or 2 ago. Picked the last few big ones last week.

+Rob Gordon​
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+tolga erok so i think that a loose soil allows for even growth , like what is needed to grow nice long straight carrots , i might need to add some coffee grounds and sand to my beds as the gypsum has broken up the clay but the soil is still to heavy and pack,s down a lot.
anyhow nice job on the sweet potato !!
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Howdy all
Small update.

From left to right;

7 pot Scorpion
Red habanero
Savina habanero

Far right:
Sweet potatoes

All growing well (hot peppers)in the soil under direct sunlight. All 100% organic amended soil (cow manure, tons of tree leaves, heaps of coffee ground and chook manure on top).

Ferts used:
Once a month or only on a full moon: chicken manure

Every second day with drip irrigation for 35 mins

I've harvested loads of 7 pots and ghosts. Savina hab just yields like there's no tomorrow. Red habs have been a bit slow....but hey I'm not complaining as I have tons of each one of them packed in the freezer. 
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+tolga erok Glad to hear the crop is good. Yea I know what you mean about haven't the time in the day. I lost the crop of seedlings I started in Nov (out of town with work 3 weeks). Started over again last week. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
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Howd'y all
Just a small update havnt done for awhile due to work commitment

In ground:
7 pot
Red habernero
Savina hab

Are growing up nicely and are setting fruit. Not one disease or aphids detected. I apply chilli focus once a fortnight or every full moon.

In pots:
Scorpion and kratky setups have been heavily attacked by spider mites and aphids but on the flip side are fruiting heavily.

Neglected ghost in fabric bag is fruiting in abundance.

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Hey Tolga. Do you happen to know where I could source some scorpion and ghost chilli seeds? Already growing quite a variety and would love to add the hottest known chillis to my collection. Cheers bud.
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Yey my first harvest for the beginning of summer here in western australia.

Top: Mexican Serrano : 2nd season growth
Left: generic bunnings chillies : 2nd year
Bottom: some Chinese ornamental chilli with a powerful hot kick - really love this one!
Bottom right: 1st yellow fattallii harvest from kratky setup.
And a small 1st savina chilli harvested from a pot bound pot

All thanks to the use of chilli focus!

Chocolate habs, 7 pot, hot lemons getting really close for harvesting

Over wintered scorpion and ghost already have many pods forming .....

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+Matt Garver thankyou
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a little update on my kratky setup, one word, they are doing very well!

i already harvested my 1st yellow fatali and it was tasty and HOT.

each pepper in the setup have many buds and new pods forming:

7 pot
yellow fatalii
red hab
choc hab
hot lemons

the 2 individual jugs were unfortunately full of rain water and they were basically feed with extremely diluted fert solution whilst i was overseas

the last pic is of the ghost that im constantly root pruning and its last root prune was before i flew out and so far it seems to be doing very well and has many buds forming

i realise that the tub is WAY too small for continual growth but hey, lets see what happens
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+tolga erok Great fun to see your experimental Kratky tub working for you!  Good for getting plants up and running with no electicity and a few peppers.  Easy to move plants to larger grow out containers, and easy to bump performance with the addition of a water or air pump.  Thanks for sharing! 
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+Billy Oehring jr. Yellow=Chinese hab or scotch bonnet the other 2 are a mix of Trinidad scorpion and ghost
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Gardening Is My Sanctuary "My Emotional Plea"

I apologize in advance to all of you. I did not know that this would happen on camera. It was one of those days that I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders and it became to much to bare. As I ran to my garden to de-stress and get away from the worldly issues that are going on. I was left with the thought of sharing love, prosperity and commitment to all of my fellow men and women. Thank you for all the love many of you have in your heart.
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Finally I got the raised bed made
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+scott dosser cheers
planting cucs, zucchini, spring onions and a couple of basic herbs.

in winter its going to be 90% garlic
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Howd'y all

Havnt posted in awhile as work has been hectic with odd shifts.

My peppers are doing well although my over wintered scorpion and scotch bonnet / habernero have been attacked heavily by spider mites. It got to a stage where I had to do a hard prune on the most affected areas.

Pic 1&2 : The Scorpion chilli is producing large pods compared to last year and still putting out lots of flowers. The scotch bonnet habernero had to be pruned hard due to spider mites.

The peppers in my kratky setup have slowed down somewhat but are still producing alot of peppers. My guess is that perhaps it's time to place them into individual buckets as its getting rather root bound considering I have 8 plants in a small tub.

On the other hand the ghosts, 7 pot, red habernero and the savina growing in the soil are doing very well with no insect issues what's so ever.

Pic 3: black pearls and a surprise black prince? ? The black peppers have a surprising hot kick

Pic 4: Mexican Serrano has been harvested 3 times already with an abundance of peppers. Very impressed with the yield.

2nd last pic is my over wintered ghost that is extremely pot bound in the fabric shopping bag from last year and has many pods and flowers. Very surprised on its development considering it's been neglected.

Last pic is harvest of elephant garlic that were grown in large pots - very happy with the results with these and will plant alot more next winter.

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+Matt Garver​ interesting questions. ...
over wintering. . .straight answer no.

(Mind you this is my thoughts on it)
Why it's easier to maintain a healthier cutting or seedlings meaning it has alot more cheaper lab control
I.e. only need alot more smaller controlled environment to keep warm over winter (heater pad and perhaps 1 double fluro setup)
But on the flip side my answer could have been different if these were in the ground and all that was needed was some stakes and a plastic shield around them.

Kratky setup is amazing. Yes I will definitely use this method to overwinter seedlings and transfer into ground.

Overall answer regarding overwintering and kratky. ...although it's fun to experiment and have fresh chillies at hand I'll be honest and say (each to their own) it's alot easier and cheaper and 100 fold times more convenient to buy the superhot paste in jars ready to use and stow away as it takes away the maintenance, running costs and care taking to grow maybe 1kg worth of chilli yield for the average grower.
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howdy all

a small update on my kratky setup using chilli focus fertilizer.

all i can say is that this stuff is great! i have many flowers on all the plants and are all forming fruit and the majority of the flowers say a good 97% are staying on and budding opposed to the chillies growing in conventional potting mix where im getting alot of flowers falling off and fruits are small compared to the wonderful results im getting (so far touch wood) using this product.

will definitely recommend this stuff, its super!

will experiment feeding my fruit trees with this stuff, lets have some fun!

Product info:

Pics of bottle used:

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howdy all

been awhile since my last updates as ive just came back from overseas as unfortunately a family member passed away.

while away the plants were looked after by my neighbor and during the away period we had alot of rain so all of them were basically drowned in rain water, but nevertheless, they have all bounced back to life and the few very hot days we had here in WA helped alot with the sudden spurt of growth!

i had my first yellow fatalii a couple of days ago from the kratky setup and man, was it tasty and HOT!!!

the scorpion is doing very well in pic 1 and im constantly removing new bottom growth. the pumpking hab pic 2 is struggling . the ghost has come back to lif and producing its 1st pod...NICE!!! and the mexican serrano already has many new pods ready to be picked in a few days or so!

conclusion: overwintering sure does work!
Fert used: chili focus
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Great follow up on those overwintered peppers.  I like the look of those leaves growing out from the pruned branches.  They all look like they will be strong growing and highly productive plants.  Have not seen much on overwintering in the forum and this is great to see pictures of your success!
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    Install fibre optic network and hardware to residential premises
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    Bus Operator, 2014 - 2016
  • Ex - BHP Billiton
    Out of contract - Class A Electrical Apprentice, 2012 - 2014
    Completed nearly three years of an Electrical Apprenticeship with BHP before becoming redundant due to restructuring at the Yarrie Mine Site having gained knowledge in fault finding, LV, HV and maintenance activities in mining operations
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    Site Storeman and site I.T. support, 2007 - 2012
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