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My garden to date has consisted of herbs and tomatoes in pots. The tomatoes did ok crop-wise,  but have long since succumbed to the summer heat. The remaining herbs and pots below. The chillies are going crazy, the basil is doing well and the capsicum not so great.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 28, 2013 at 14:36

Capsicums are a very hungry plant - Eggplant are too - Chillies less so - and thirsty! All three are quite thirsty - or not water efficient. Capsies especially the fat-walled commercial varieties, need regular feed and water. Alternate between Seaweed and Worm teas for instance, once a week or fortnight. As soon as the leaves start to grow oddly ... like the veins are growing together along the leaf's length they just don't look right, that's a sign that they are running out of nutrients. They are big users of Potash (Potassium, K) too as a lot of plants which produce fruit like Beans and Peas.

Comment by Liz Pardede on January 28, 2013 at 13:22

The capsicum just kept looking like it was going to keel over for ages. There was no new growth and the leaves were all curling. It has, however, now taken off and I might pop it out in the main garden soon. Has its first flowers.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 19, 2013 at 0:03

My chillis are going great too (I'll bring a heap to the garden visit).  My capsicum is okay but was only tiny.  My tomatos are surviving with a lot of water.  Strawberries are the same.  Passionfruits and grape  are going off like crazy!  Quite frankly, if you are keeping stuff alive in the heat and dry, you're doing well.  I lost 2 out of 3 lavenders, my vietnamese mint, the dill, and a few others.  Doing it in pots is even harder. 

Comment by Lissa on January 17, 2013 at 9:32

Your Basil and chilli are impressive. Very healthy looking.

The capsicum looks healthy also - why do you think it's not so great?

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