Friday, 29 April 2011

first fruits

First fruits have started on the padron peppers, can't wait for the first harvest of these little suckers:-)
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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Dorset Nagas in the grow house

I went up to the allotment this evening to check the chillies I'd planted on Monday to see if they needed watering & how they were doing in their new grow house. They all looked good and healthy so I gave them another watering. Hopefully the extra heat of the grow house will get them growing nice and bushy and producing some good flowers and fruit.

Also at the allotment the onions sets are doing well. The fig tree has had a spurt of growth after being left all winter (I thought I'd killed it off by leaving it out in the frost with no water). The potatoes had started to come up so I've started covering them with soil too.

Hopefully at the weekend I'll get back up there and get some beetroot and salad planted as I've not really had time to get anything else planted yet. Bit late this year. I really like beetroot as a crop as it keeps well in the ground and seems to do really well where we are.

Photo of the Dorset naga chillies through the vent in the grow house.
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Monday, 25 April 2011

Chilli grow house

Had a busy day today up at the allotment. managed to cut most of the grass using garden shears! made a make-shift grow house for some chillies (Dorset naga's, Trinity & Aji Limo) using the wreck of poly cover from the old poly tunnel. I'm not sure about whether to remove the poly cover and just use some enviromesh as a cover or keep the poly. I was thinking that the poly needs watering as it is pretty much water proof but the mesh doesnt.
Almost right away after covering the frame with the poly the heat inside the frame was toasty so I guess thats a good thing, think I might give this a go as a trial run. Chillies are planted straight into the soil so hopefully if I give them a good watering every week they should be fine.
Will keep you updated on how things turn out.
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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

repotting dorset nagas

Just repotted the chillies to bigger pots. The dorset nagas seem to be the only ones at the moment without any flowers or flower buds. All looking green and healthy.
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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Window grow

From left to Right, Apricot, Dorset nagas, Jalapenos, Aji Limo, Pimiento De Padrons. Padrons & Jalapenos are starting to flower already, not sure if that is a good thing as they arn't really all that big so was hoping they'd grow out a bit before fruiting, hopefully they will do both and I can start eating some chillies before they go into bigger pots.

Monday, 11 April 2011

More hours in the day please

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, i've been really busy with work and have only just managed to get up the allotment for the much needed dig over and planting of the spuds and onions. The whole plot now needs a proper tidy up, soon to come. The chillies are doing well on the window sill at the moment and seem to be enjoying the sunshine were having at the moment. Photos to follow of the chillies.
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