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  1. BalconyFarmer
    December 3rd, 2013 02:13 PM
    It's probably fungus gnats, which are very common in potted plants, especially going into the winter. Fungus gnats are harmless to plants, if a little annoying to the humans growing them. They feed on fungal hyphae in the potting mix, and their presence is actually an indicator of a healthy potting soil.

    I usually ignore them, if they're outside, but for houseplants I get a block of coir (coconut husk fiber, probably available in garden stores or bonsai shops in Japan). Set it in a tub with a liter or two of water until it soaks it up, then lay it over the surface of the pot, about an inch thick. Be sure to press it down into the gap around the edge of the pot, then water the plant. The coir forms a "cap" that keeps adults from laying eggs in the soil, and new adults from emerging from their pupae in the soil. You'll see a few stragglers flying around, but after a couple weeks the flies should disappear.
  2. cowboy
    November 28th, 2013 07:23 PM
    Balconyfarmer, I currently live in Okinawa and am trying to garden on my balcony. haha on a serious note I have a major problem with gnats. I believe their larvae are killing my plants. don't have access to any real pesticides (cant read the labels) and don't really want to go that way anyway. I cannot read Japanese and the American stores don't provide really any gardening stuff. can you help?
  3. Wind Dancer
    January 31st, 2013 08:07 PM
    Wind Dancer
    Shallots...really look good in your photo Have ordered a variety named 'Picasso' for my
    first try growing them. Would you care to offer any words of advice?
  4. MVNewf
    January 8th, 2013 06:24 AM
    Just sent you a PM on starting a new thread......
  5. bgamefarms
    October 7th, 2012 11:18 AM
    Hey Balcony, you know that picture you posted of your beautiful lettuce plants. What exactly are you growing them in I couldn't tell if those are trays or containers?
  6. redneckplanter
    July 19th, 2012 12:02 PM
  7. imnweib
    July 3rd, 2012 04:16 PM
    I think you hit the nail on the head, I probably used potting mix on some of them. I used the sandy loam in my green house that is why the plants do so much better in there, Thanks for the advice. Neal
  8. BalconyFarmer
    June 19th, 2012 04:00 PM
    I thought about looking through my subscriptions, but I'd already written the message on your visitor board, so I just sent it that way.
  9. EmeraldSkye
    June 19th, 2012 03:30 PM
    I replied on my "visitor messages" (to your garlic post) but I don't know if you will get that reply... so I'm putting it here too:

    What a great video!! I've never had any luck with the search functionality of this site, but when you reply on a thread you automatically get subscribed to it. So I look for threads that I have replied on by clicking on "Quick Links" and then "Subscribed Threads". There you will find my thread, unless you unsubscribed. Which I do from time to time on some threads that have run their course just to keep the list from getting too long.
  10. BalconyFarmer
    June 18th, 2012 02:10 PM
    If the water isn't draining well, it could be root rots, in which case they're probably toast. Did you use garden soil in the pots, instead of potting mix? It's a common mistake, but unless you have a fast-draining sandy loam, it usually dooms your plants. Plants need air around their roots, not just water. Garden soil compacts too much in pots, all the air spaces get taken up by water. Root rots and plant pathogens take over in waterlogged soil, and most vegetables aren't adapted to survive in those conditions. You need coarse materials mixed into the potting mix to improve drainage. See my Container Gardening Drainage page for more information.

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