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Growing chilies

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 08:20

I've been growing chillies for some years now, mostly in a greenhouse, and find they sometimes start off slow but once the weather warms up they burst into growth. Have overwintered a few indoors - a numex twilight which is fruiting again now after basically being more or less ignored all winter in the front room then had a good trim back and feed with chilli focus.

I try different varieties each year, and there is a big difference in size of plant/growth etc. For example Friars Hat grow tall - 3 or 4 foot easily in a medium size pot - whereas habanero types are a more compact grower and later fruiting.

Each year I have several that I leave as 2 plants in a pot - and this seems to make little difference in their growth. I'm quite conservative on pot sizes too as I find putting them in too big a pot seems to have a negative effect sometimes -  and use perlite/vermiculite in reasonable proportions to compost. I sometimes pollinate them with a small paintbrush - probably not needed but feels like you're helping

By no means an expert, but it seems to me you can't go too far wrong with chillies somewhere warm, sun, feed occasioanlly, leave them to be more dry than wet as Fleurisa said. They're very rewarding when you get  a pile of fruits and grind your own powder!


Newbie raised bed!

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 16:31

Just built one of my own, and went for a similar mix as Bob above says - about 2/3 topsoil, a bag of mp compost, a bag of manure and some compost from my own compost bin. Added in some chicken manure pellets, but I think you can use any good fertilizer depending what you want to grow - nitrogen richer for leafy/brassicas etc, more potassium for fruiting types I think is right.


Posted: 29/03/2014 at 10:47

Hi. I've found any pot around 6" or over will do really, depends how big you want the plants to get and what types - last year numex twilight types seemed happy to only get to around 2 foot tall, whereas my friar's hat and oruzco purple were much taller. I've even had good crops from more than one plant per pot when I didn't want to separate close seedlings.

chilli peppers

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:08

Seems a strange year for me with chillies - got some initial growth in heated propagator (cheap option and vitapod one)  then they have stagnated a bit. May have to do another batch in case they don't take.

In the last few years I've tried several varieties of chilli with two plants per pot - never seems to diminish the fruiting etc. Tend to be the same types, but might try mixtures this year. Anyone else tried this?


Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:00

Busybee2 - nice idea with the longer corner posts. I might copy that if I make another one!

Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:57

Heh many replies much the same 

Raised veg beds - how to build?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:55


I've gone for a cheapish option and just knocked one up using gravel boards, about 19mm thick I think, and stacked two high to get the 30cm depth with a post in each corner made from roughly 5cm by 5cm wood. Quite small bed though overall  - about 90cm square - but seems strong enough.

For longer sides I think they might need a strengthening baton or two - but I'm by no means a DIY expert 



Veg in shade

Posted: 02/01/2014 at 09:47

Thanks all - I have some gooseberries next to this patch in shade mostly full time already, second year so hopefully will get fruit this time round.

I think i'll try kohl rabi again this year - experimented in a shallow raised bed and it didn't get going properly last summer. Spinach too - never have much luck, but the shadier spot may be a better option.



Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 20:02

Ahh sorry I meant potatoes grew there ok - abbreviated it without thinking! Year previously had some cabbages there which also went fairly well.

Will add chard to my list of things to try



Veg in shade

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 18:34

Hello all,

I have a strip about 5m long by 1-2m wide, that is in the shadow of a wall/fence all through the summer (and is even bigger this time of year as the sun is lower)

I was wondering what veg to try  - pots did ok there last year, but was thinking of brassicas this year coming - kale, cabbages etc. Any other suggestions of shade friendly veg? Soil is clay and gets quite wet, but has had a fair amount of work on it - manure, compost etc - to break it up.

Any tips welcome  - thanks!


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