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Talkback: Growing chillies from seed

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:37

Norfolk Chilli Farm.

Have you any advice on over wintering chillies? I know a few of us may be giving it a go this year.


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 15:02

Sorry what was about wet salad that Mrs G? Really hope your CV writing goes well - there's loads of websites out there to help (I have a template for the CV bit but the covering notes are awfully hard work!)

Lesley - The migraines have been put down to food intolerances / stomach issues and you'll be pleased to know have almost completely gone now I'm on a restricted diet. My GP is very good when I can get to see him but its very hard to get an appointment so I tend to use private companies as the first port of call and then see the GP if it needs following up which I think I'll do if I don't pass the test - bonus is that I don't have to miss as much time off work!

Lesley - advantage of moving horse muck in the rain is that no one can tell how much you're sweating! Plus it means when the weather is good I can do "fun" things in the garden

KEF - gosh they must be good because I can neither sing nor dance! It would be nice to be able to sing a little, just enough not to get frowned at.

Stacey - I had enough difficulty not imagining the lights when they tested my periphery vision! I saw the damn things the whole way home!


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:54

Thanks Steve. I know there's *something* not right with my hearing - we just need to find if its my ears or my brain that's the problem! I had an eye test with them some months ago when I was investigating my continuing headaches and its so much easier to get an appointment with them than it is trying to even get hold of my GP to arrange a referral.

Just hope I don't need hearing aids - £500 for a basic pair £1,500 for the high end stuff? Ouch!! That would be my plant budget burnt out for years!

The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:51

I knew someone whose lounge was almost always in a state of decorating! It was just insane not to mention a complete waste of money. I know what I like, and once the house is decorated I have NO intentions on doing it again for a long time! If I want a change I buy new cushions and move the picture frames around.

But just yesterday a friend (in America) was telling me her neighbour STRIPS the garden three times a year completely uprooting not just ALL the plants but the wood bark chippings so that it is "fresh" for the spring / summer / autumn season.

All the old chippings and plants are chucked straight into the bin - not even saved for next season. I only wish I had the money to do something like that so that I could spend it on established apple trees!


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:46

Lesley - if you book an appointment with Specsavers online it gives you a "free eye test" voucher (or at least it did with me a couple of months ago) to take in (although if you work with a computer screen your company should pay).

Afraid the sun has been scared off once again. I'm seriously considering getting the vests back out.


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 13:20

If you strain your eyes really hard it's almost like its trying to be sunny here.

I'm off for a hearing test this evening at Specsavers. I've not had one since primary school - does anyone know what I should expect? Scary stuff for a 29 year old!

Overwintering plants

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 10:51

Happy Flower. My chilli plants are some what slow this year and I really struggled with germination so I'm hoping to over winter a few for next year. I might be able to sneak a few into the house (we don't have the heating on high) but I was worried it would be too cold in the unheated greenhouse - do you think you'd have had any problems if it hadn't have been such a mild winter?

(Scary to think we're already talking about over wintering - its not been warm enough yet for a lot of us to get plants OUT of the greenhouse for summer!!)


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 10:45

Just had an email from the local animal sanctuary saying that yes they have lots of horse poo I may help myself too (for a donation - I'd rather give the cash to them than leave it at a farm gate and hope some git doesn't pinch it!) So I think that's Saturdays job sorted regardless of the weather! I'm hoping to brim at least two of the compost bins (I have four) to rot down into the compost already brewing and them I'll dig it around my lavender plants and tuck the remaining bags into a corner of the garden to carry on rotting ready for that day that will come eventually when I can start on the vegetable beds and herb gardens (currently mud and weeds - got to wait for the greenhouses to be sorted before I can do too much as the greenhouses are slab in the middle of it all!!)

Having a crew cab landy is very handy sometimes - you can drive right up to the poo pile in the field load up and just pressure wash it out afterwards! Shame I don't know anyone who lives nearby I could be pleasing all your neighbours with a surprise present for your plants! Weather is looking quite grim for the weekend too so at least it wont matter what the weather is like for this - I had really hoped to get the painting done.


Is it just me?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 07:15

Image isn't working Edd.


Yarrow - we have a variety of nail brushes from very soft to similar to the style you'd use to scrub the floor. Seems to be the only way to get your nails clean!


That said I used to shower with a brillo pad to get the dirt off sometimes!


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 07:11




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