This is my first time writing here so here is a blanket apologies for any and every spelling mistake. So now that is that done
Sorry this is a lot to read or comment on but i appreciate and assistance.
Basically I have moved to Bonn, Germany from Australia and find it extremely hard to constantly pay for veggies when i can (or try to) grow my own. I have picked an extremely ambitious task of growing
a) There is no garden, or no place for a garden
b) The weather is extremely humid and only a couple of months of getting quite cold
c) I am going back to Australia for a month in about 10 days, so i will be very kindly asking my lovely girlfriend to take good care of my little garden (its ok i have the chocolate and roses
My experience in growing
vegetables was in 3 large plots last spring
/summer at my parents house. Where I had great success with 3 types of tomatoes, 2 types of beetroot, spring
Onions, Basil, Coriander, Eggplants, Cucumbers, Chilies, Lettuce, Rocket, Spinach. Beyond my wildest dreams everything survived 15degree lows to 40degree highs. But i had produced really good soil with a tonne of nutrients and they received great water etc...
So here is my first problem with my latest experiment.. The capsicum Plant I brought from a store here was unfortunately neglected for around a week (emergency call to go look after a sick pony) so anyway it lived in the container it came in for around 1 week with only a good soaking in water when i got it and a water before i left. When i returned the leaves were sagging and the fruits that were on there looked like they were dying. I am not interested in saving the fruits that where already established more so trying to lift the health of the plant to make it thrive for a while. There are fresh shoots coming and i would like to give it the best chance of becoming a great little plant.
Here is a bit of what i have.
The rectangular box is lined with news paper the mixed with 20% sand, 40% composted horse manure (about 2yrs old), and then 40% rough potting mix. The horse manure was pretty wet so i didn't water heaps when I mixed it all together. The Capsicum plant is basically what i brought home from the store, i took off a bunch of leaves low down to try and encourage a bit of strength. I also took off a few fruits because they were clumped together and looking to sad to keep. The plant gets around 5 hours or more of direct sunlight a day. So this is the real problem all the leaves are sagging and the fruits that i have left look wrinkled and well... dying. Any advice.
I am also being ambitious and have put some basil in there and seeds
for snow peas (sugarbeens), and mini-eggplant (Ophelia), sitting about 1/2 inch under some soil. Like I said i am not experienced and a am just having a go.
The bigger round pot has the same mix of sand, manure and potting mix but with some different seeds
. there is the left over basil either side of the pot, this looks to be happy. There is also some German Kahl (Grünkohl, used for a stew and sausage dish), it was just there as seedlings
when i was at the store, this also looks a little average, but i have only planted the good seedlings
and picked off the dead leaves. This pot also has seed
for Feldsalat (just a type of salad leaf), small red beetroot and spinach.
Ok so like i said this is alot to read or comment on but i appreciate and assistance.
Cheers for now.