philippa smith2

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F1 Apache Chilli Pepper

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 17:01

I haven't grown Apache - are they chubby or thin ?

If chubby fruit, they will obviously take longer to dry than the slender ones such as Cayenne.

Drying chillis shouldn't really go soft - a gradual wrinkling would probably be the best way to describe it.

If the fruit are chubby ( or short and fat - however you want to describe it ? ) - you could halve them down the length and dry as described above.  The main thing is an even dry temp to ensure thorough drying before you store them for future use.

You can also freeze the whole fruit - pick when ripe, bag and straight into the freezer.  This method obviously limits your use - ie once out of the freezer, need using straight away  but you could use both methods.

Plastic Garden tiles

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 16:41

The "honeycomb" stuff is sold under the name of Rapidgrid. There are I think 2 grades - the strongest being used for car parking areas where you still want the appearance of a lawn/turf.  It is expensive and comes in third  of a metre square sections.  Set in properly along a well used route allows you to have, more or less, the appearance of an unbroken lawn whilst stopping the worst wear and tear on the grass. Works as a permanent solution but way too pricey for a temporary measure.

There is also a sort of "roll out" length of plastic sold for use as temporary pathways - not designed to be permanent.  No personal knowledge of this product so whether slippy after some use ?  You can at least roll it up and store it away when no longer needed.

Laminated boards are fine if the weather is dry but tend towards lethal after a bit of rain.  Frank's suggestion of a plank is probably the easiest and cheapest if you have one to hand. 

Cactus is turning black help!

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 15:21

You can cut off the black tip.  As your last photo shows some yellowing below the actual black, ensure you take back to fresh green.

I would dust the cut lightly with sulphur powder but that is not particularly vital if the atmosphere is dry.

Many cacti will survive low temperatures IF they are also dry.

Sedum plants from cuttings

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 15:07

I think it must have done Fairy........what a blow........just as I was thinking of buying some too

I expect he/she will be back soon enough tho.  Actually, I'm thinking it's not so much excess fat which troubles GlanNiv - just excess thick skin

Still, what would we do without them, eh ?  

Having a Tree Preservation Order removed.

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 14:58

I'd certainly agree with both the above posts.

Whilst the pollen and casting of shade are no doubt a problem for both you and your neighbours, I'd advise you to concentrate on the heave damage simply because it will have more impact on the council.  If you start making serious noises about claiming for damage ( as opposed to having to turn your lights on/wear a face mask/wash your vehicle every 5 minutes ) to your driveway and the possibility of a member of the public tripping on the uneven footpath ( and therefore making a compensation claim for any injury ), it should, as KT53 says, help concentrate their minds a little.

If you also suspect a problem with the drains, a word or two with the utility company responsible for the public drain run ( as opposed to the run of drains on your own property) , might prove useful and give you a little added ammunition. 

F1 Apache Chilli Pepper

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 14:35

I used to dry my Cayenne chillis by threading cotton thread through the fruit just below the stalk and hanging them in the airing cupboard. I'd put 10 or a dozen on each string and space them so they didn't touch each other.  As they dried, it was simple enough to adjust the spacing until completely dry.

The consistent warm temperature and dry atmosphere helped them to dry slowly and thoroughly.  

Have a giggle

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 17:39

KT53 - certainly not offensive - I think she's quite right - no one likes to be ignored after all

Sedum plants from cuttings

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 17:27

Tsk - you need to keep up Iamweedy

Glan and Niv ( abbreviations) are apparently a couple of things which help you lose weight.  Still unclear whether you have them on a lead and take them for a brisk walk ( exercise), swallow them ( vomit up excess fat ? ) or rub them over your fattiest parts ( defoliation or WHY ).

Has this helped at all ?   

Paraffin Heater - Help!!!

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 17:03

I too would like to run electric to my GH but not a feasible option.

However, I do occasionally run an extension lead from my garage when necessary.  Usually for just a week or 2 - rarely any longer and I've never had any problem with wildlife damaging the cable.  Not saying it couldn't happen - obviously KT's experience is proof of a potential disaster.

Perhaps if the OP is prone to visiting Foxes, a system of poles to which the cable could be attached would keep the supply out of harms way.  I guess it depends how keen one is to avoid the use of either paraffin or gas.

Sedum plants from cuttings

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 17:31

Fairy - yes - I was thinking "shelves" = undercover somewhere but not always the case  The wet is nearly always the killer isn't it ?

Well, that and Glan/Niv whatsit

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