CHILLIES 2020

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    The shops here get all their exotic veg very expensively from the colonies, then add 200% :roflol:
     
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      You should start selling your chillies locally. :blue thumb: Then you could but yourself a yacht. :whistle:
       
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        Can't sell anything, shiney....I give a lot away :). Whatever would I do with a yacht? I've got a yellow rubber duck on the frog pond that gets a poke with a cane now and then....that's quite nautical enough for me :biggrin:
         
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          Even with not having our garden open this year we've managed to sell enough (not all chillies :heehee:) for the charity to have received about £3,500. The money coming in is very little at this time of year so have told them not to expect much more.

          I just have one chilli plant in the kitchen at a time now. When I used all the chillies on that I then bring in the next one. I now remove all the leaves when it's brought in because of whitefly problems. :noidea:
           
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            This year is certainly proving to be the longest season ever for 'summer' crops. Straying a bit from the topic, the aubergine plants have finally decided to produce fruit, ditto the sweet peppers, and the chilli plants don't show any sign of giving up yet :) Ratatouille for Christmas dinner? :biggrin:
             
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              i stopped growing chillies due to the white fly infestations if someone can tell me how to grow chillies without the white fly problems i might start growing them again
              regards Sandy
               
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                We don't have much, if any, problem with whitefly until late in the season. As all of our chilli plants (apart from the Nagas) are early producing ones we have most of the season without whitefly. The Nagas are checked daily during early summer and any slightest sign of whitefly is cleaned off. The daily check keeps those clear until we move them out for sale. :noidea:
                 
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                  Marigolds (Tagetes) do seem very effective in combatting white fly on tomato plants, so no reason it wouldn't work with chillies. You do need quite a few plants, though. I only had a couple of self-sown Tagetes in the tunnel this year and the first white fly infestation since I can remember.
                   
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                    i used to use Tagetes in the greenhouse but find interplanting with onions and garlic works for me on tomatoes, however i have never found anything the deters white fly from peppers, sprayed with various concoctions (garlic spray, etc) interplanted Tagetes, garlic, onions but white fly seems oblivious to deterents
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                      That's a shame! Have you tried the predatory insects? IIRC they're called Encarsia formosa. Not sure if they require a minimum temperature to be effective?
                       
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                        Not tried those, thought about it but not worth the bother as i give 95% of chilies away,
                        tried various sprays based on seaweed and other organic ingredients, both home made and professional. Garlic smoke bombs etc.
                        I use nematodes every year for slugs so not adverse to biological controls. would rather concentrate on toms and cucs of which we eat loads. thanks for the input.
                        regards Sandy
                         
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