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Name: Sunny By Name Sunny
New Delhi
sunnyIsGettingOld
Nov 26, 2019 7:01 AM CST
Hi Everyone,

Posting few pics of my Balcony and Plants. I recently Planted them. They might be very small but very beautiful. I can look at them all day :). Feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Green Chillies :

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White Raddish : Planted almost 35-40 days ago, the plants are not growing as they should. In day time looks like leaves are yellowish/light green and not dark green as they are suppose to be

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Egg Plant : Lots of flowers but no fruit

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Name: Sunny By Name Sunny
New Delhi
sunnyIsGettingOld
Dec 5, 2019 5:37 AM CST
Hello All

A small Update from my Terrace.

Harvested my first produce of organic home grown cilantro, the smell is no nice and wonderful.

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Chilly plant really doing well

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These plants germinated at same time but not doing well, anyone has any idea what could be wrong?

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Please suggest what is wrong with my Curry Leaf

The leaves are facing down, I got this as a gift and I replanted it.




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Name: Larisa
Russia, Moscow (Zone 5a)
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GreenTara18
Dec 21, 2019 1:24 PM CST
sunnyIsGettingOld said:Hi Everyone,

Posting few pics of my Balcony and Plants. I recently Planted them. They might be very small but very beautiful. I can look at them all day :). Feedback and suggestions are welcome.



Hello!
This is very familiar to me! Big Grin

It may be better to transplant small plants from a common pot into individual small pots with loose soil and add fertilizer.
I'm not sure why Curry lowered the leaves, but I can guess the root problem. Typically, these trees grow better in separate pots with loose soil and good drainage. Smiling

Name: Sunny By Name Sunny
New Delhi
sunnyIsGettingOld
Feb 15, 2020 8:56 PM CST
GreenTara18 said:

Hello!
This is very familiar to me! Big Grin

It may be better to transplant small plants from a common pot into individual small pots with loose soil and add fertilizer.
I'm not sure why Curry lowered the leaves, but I can guess the root problem. Typically, these trees grow better in separate pots with loose soil and good drainage. Smiling



Yes, Guilty as charged now. I feel now I am stalking my plants after almost 1 year Smiling Big Grin

I did quite some changes to soil and I would post Updates , Results, Learning Experiences and Failures. Hopefully some senior members like yourself can guide.

Name: Sunny By Name Sunny
New Delhi
sunnyIsGettingOld
Feb 15, 2020 10:22 PM CST
Hi All

I am visiting here after some gap, December 5 was the last time I posted, close to 2 months! Lot of changes in my Garden, just like everyone else.

Winter's was a great learning experience and gave lot of time and space needed to learn new things, correct my mistakes, R-POT my plants and regularly check the progress of root system.

I will post an update of how my plants are doing from last season and then post about new things I did, varieties I added, last but not least the new issues that I am facing.

Last season I planted 10-15 different varieties. A lot of them ended up in a big disappointment to be honest. Specially when I tried to harvest Potatoes we could only get 4-5 mini potatoes in 2 grow bags, we just had a good laugh. I could not believe it.

Some of them we have harvested, some of them survived, some of them are struggling and sadly rest not able to make it. So without further adieu this is how my garden is doing so far in Pics.

Green Chilies are doing fine, out of 20 Plants I potted approx 9-10 survived the Winters. We can see flowering in some plants and are excited to see fruits soon.

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Egg Plant is doing great and Produced about 7-8 fruits in winter's, We harvested them all and made some yummy Fritters. Funny it tasted like Fish [ We did not put fish in pot soil Smiling ] Recently, it sprouted flowers again with onset of spring.
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We got a new healthy sibling from Egg Plant which we potted in a Grow Bag and that is also doing well. Very Young Plant but already producing flowers :). So posting Pic of the baby Brother although we have no Idea how this got germinated ( we planted it in a new bag).
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Onions: Are growing very slow, this is the same potting mix We used earlier, I think it really lacks nutrition. We did cut greens once for salad apart from that there has been little or no growth.

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There is another Unknown Plant growing along with the onion's, It has spots on leaves and in center we can see some kind of flower coming, Any guess what this is? ( posted a pic for reference)

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Coriander, we have harvested both pots, Soon after harvest remaining plants were infected by white pest, which use to get stuck on stem, so we decided to remove entire plant from soil.
We did try to cure the plant by spraying by Neem Oil but I think it did not work.

We have harvested Spinach however , harvest was not very good, It stopped growing as it was turning yellow, so we pulled it out and used the good ones.

White radish, was another disappointment, the reasons are not known, the leaves just stayed small and did not make it. We got one small white radish out of 20-25 we potted.


I knew all along the soil was lacking in nutrition, so decided to invest in better quality of soil and Organic Fertilizers.

Made lot of changes to the Soil mix.

I now use 30% cocopeat 40% garden soil, 30% Vermicompost ( Stopped using cow manure), and I add Bone meal , Neem Cake and mustard cake 1-2 spoon's each depnding on the size of the pot.

Pesticide:
Started using Neem OIL mixed with water and some few drops (10 drops) of Dishwasher Liquid. Results are not great, Pest seems to be immune. I used to have a White bug on Cilantro stem and it would not go away even after spraying neem oil. In this second season, I am planning to use mix of garlic and Butter Milk ( fermented for few days)



Now Spring is here and we have added the following new varities

Tomatoes: We took seeds from a fresh tomato and planted them in our new potting mix. All of them germinated!

Experment1 We prepared 2 different mixes for tomatoes the Blue bucket and the black bags. We have buried papaya waste in Blue Bucket. Black Bags soil will have 1 full egg in soil with shell semi cracked, also I am going to plant fish under black bags and then compare results later.


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Citrus Plants. We got 5 new Citrus Plants

I took 2 Plants from a local nursery they were layered from a OLD plant. I re potted then in Winters. As soon as spring arrived the pant bloomed, I could see flowers and new leaves everywhere.
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Sadly one of them is not doing great. The flowers started to drop soon and the new leaves turned black. I am attaching a Pic if any one has faced similar issues, your help will be aprriciated.
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We also planted the seeds of Bottle Guard, Cucumbers, Armenian Cucumbers , Bitter Guard and Ridged gourd , Okra, French Beans and Papaya

Sadly, seeds have not germinated after 14 days. We have little success with few okra seeds.

We have tried to soak them in water ( this was our second attempt to germinate them). We have watched some videos on you tube and will try to germinate them in wet paper towel. Wish me luck!

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Your feedback and suggestion's are welcome Smiling Wishing everyone a great spring!



Warm Regards
Sunny














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LarryCrutchley
Feb 15, 2020 10:38 PM CST
Sunny,That is a lot plants for a balcony and a lot of work.Looks like it has paid off. Smiling
Name: Sunny By Name Sunny
New Delhi
sunnyIsGettingOld
Feb 15, 2020 11:17 PM CST
LarryCrutchley said:Sunny,That is a lot plants for a balcony and a lot of work.Looks like it has paid off. Smiling


Hi Larry

Yes indeed it was lot of hard work :). I installed a structure to support the pots on Railings. It was very cheap and effective and also you can see the NET to protect it from pigeons. Now my Balcony has plants on Railing ( due to support) I gave and on left and right corners. Leaving me enough space to enjoy a cuppa in evening or morning :).

Not sure if it paid off as I am yet to see any considerable improvement. I try hard to save these little buggers but they keep dying. I guess it would be a long Journey of learning and Joy!

Thanx for dropping a line.

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LarryCrutchley
Feb 15, 2020 11:47 PM CST
Sunny,
As time goes on and you keep trying you will see changes and progress and look back and say wow things are starting too look nice.Don't give up and learn from mistakes.There is a lot of knowledge on here.I've had a garden for 36 years and i'm still learning.I went too a garden work shop today and i learns some things. Smiling
Name: Larisa
Russia, Moscow (Zone 5a)
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GreenTara18
Feb 18, 2020 1:40 PM CST
I use banana water for my seedlings.
(1 peel per 1 liter of water. Then I add one quarter of the banana water to the watering can - 1.5 liters.) I apply this with every watering.
I will start planting vegetables in 2 weeks. But I started giving this fertilizer to home plants.
 Here is an example of oxalis. Before and after banana water. Of course, I take into account that daylight hours have increased. It also helps plants.

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Banana water does not help citruses, according to my observations. For citrus fruits, you can use a special fertilizer from the store and use it according to the instructions.
Sometimes I spray citrus leaves with an chelate of iron if the leaves turn yellow (evening).

My problem in the summer is a spider mite. I make an oil emulsion from rapeseed oil and soap and process from a spray bottle. This is about 50 ml of oil + a teaspoon of liquid soap, beat with a mixer to get a white emulsion, add water to 1 liter (total volume). This helps for a while. Smiling




Name: Sunny By Name Sunny
New Delhi
sunnyIsGettingOld
Feb 18, 2020 9:11 PM CST
GreenTara18 said:I use banana water for my seedlings.
(1 peel per 1 liter of water. Then I add one quarter of the banana water to the watering can - 1.5 liters.) I apply this with every watering.
I will start planting vegetables in 2 weeks. But I started giving this fertilizer to home plants.
 Here is an example of oxalis. Before and after banana water. Of course, I take into account that daylight hours have increased. It also helps plants.

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Banana water does not help citruses, according to my observations. For citrus fruits, you can use a special fertilizer from the store and use it according to the instructions.
Sometimes I spray citrus leaves with an chelate of iron if the leaves turn yellow (evening).

My problem in the summer is a spider mite. I make an oil emulsion from rapeseed oil and soap and process from a spray bottle. This is about 50 ml of oil + a teaspoon of liquid soap, beat with a mixer to get a white emulsion, add water to 1 liter (total volume). This helps for a while. Smiling






Your plants are gorgeous. Banana Leaf Water is a great idea, I am guessing its full of CAL and IRON, Hope my plants don't go banana's over a banana peal Big Grin :lol:, I spoke to local farmers we start sowing here early Feb since temp is around 18-29 deg C. My balcony is South west 180 , so I get 10-12 hours of sunlight everyday, even winters we get like 8 hours of sunlight.

Yes Citrus seems to be a heavy feeder. I saw some videos on net where they are asking to feed citrus like every 20-25 days and some of them suggest to water daily.

Any idea why Citrus ( new leaves) will go black and fall off? Could this be lack of fertilizer? I saw some fungus gnats in Citrus apart from that its very clean. The flowers on 1 of the citrus plants (same plant) are not looking good, It sprouted with many flowers but all off them dropped within 10-15 days. It such a huge Pot, I am lazy to take it out and Re-Pot ( To check the root system).

PS: Which makes me wonder if this was in ground, there should be an alternative available to check the root system's health.

Oh don't you get me started on spider mites! They just refuse to go away. I sprayed some Organic Pesticide on it and it gave me that scary look and did not move, he was like this is my space and I am not leaving!
Name: Larisa
Russia, Moscow (Zone 5a)
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GreenTara18
Feb 22, 2020 2:02 PM CST
I don't know, maybe there are features of growing lemons depending on the climate. I am not sure that my experience will work in India. Smiling

My Citrus - Panderosa. This had a similar problem with leaves in two cases for me.
1. I put Citrus on a sunny balcony in the summer in a city apartment. It is hot enough in the summer and the balcony heats up.
Burns appeared on old leaves, and new leaves turned black and fallen.
2. I brought Citrus to a country house and put it in the garden. First in the sun, then in the shade. Lemon did not like it.
Perhaps the reason is the difference between night and day temperatures. It can be cool and foggy at night.

Now my lemon is in the city on the east window. No problem with leaves. The soil is neutral. I water in the evening.

Citrus fruits do not tolerate chlorine. Therefore, for irrigation it is necessary to defend water or apply rainwater.

I use fertilizer according to the scheme on the bottle. You can not feed a sick plant.

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