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Talkback: Growing chillies from seed

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 19:58

I sowed two varieties of chillies yesterday, a week earlier than last year and probably  to early but I couldn't wait.  

Paper pots versus what?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 19:48

I've a window sill garland propogator. Last year seeds were sown straight into the 7 small trays and when seeds germinated the tray was taken out but I found there was then a wait for the seedlings to develop their true leaves before they could be potted on and the small tray could be used again.

Now I could have bought extra trays but this year I bought some 3cm module trays (me thinks about £1.99 from Wilkinsons) and cut them into blocks of 6 modules, these fit snugly in the trays and are an ideal size for sowing small quantities of seeds. The plan is, when the seeds germinate, the module blocks can be lifted out and replaced with another one straight away. They also use up less seed compost and the module can eventually be potted on with less disturbance to the roots.....that's the theory.

The best multi purpose compost this year

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 18:14

I tend to buy the compost which works for the plants I grow and produces best results and it has peat in it...admittedly something of a laid back approach.  

JAB's seed and cutting compost is very good and has a reduced peat content. I've tried a soil based one and to let it get a little dry is a mega mistake, it went like concrete in the propagator   

A local Nursery is selling bags of moss peat! Silly Q...I read the link....but is that the same as the peat we are told not to use...what is moss peat...is there a difference in peat's... or is the planet in trouble no matter which one we buy! 

Runner & French Beans

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 22:01

I grew Painted Lady and Scarlet Empire last year both very good.

Grew a few varieties of french beans too, the best one's were Bean Cosse Violette - purple podded and Bean Neckargold Organic - yellow podded.

I'm trying Yard Long Beans  - red noodle, this year in the GH and outdoors to see where it grows best. Beans are usually grown outdoors but this one likes warmth and we were sadly lacking in sun last year.

Choosing chillies

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 18:47

I'm trying Hungarian yellow wax for the first time this year, not quite on your list, it's described as fairly hot.

I can't eat chillies which are really hot and have found Apache and Cayenne eye watering when eaten on their own but palatable in dishes, usually one or two chillies is sufficient to put some heat into the dish. Apache is the better cropper, one plant produces enough chillies when dried to last until the following crop is ready, of course  it depends how many chillies you eat and how hot you want your dishes to be.    

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 18:18

No danger of being snowed in here, it stopped at about 3pm and hasn't settled.

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 14:04

We have snow and it's coming down fairly thick, wouldn't it be a shame if I can't get the car of the road for work on Monday

Well Bob, that'll teach you not to erect a GH near a tree! Checked out the cost of a replacement Max-Min thermometer - £16.99  in plastic green, not a hint of brass, might be more economical to get a weather station, at least they come with instructions as to how to change the battery   

Favourite Gardening Books

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 01:27

If truth be known I buy a well known national news paper on Saturday's to read Monty's weekly contribution and read his section in GW.

I've books from  the Dr Hessayon Expert series, A. Tichmarsh and Aura Gardening Guides. Then a random selection written by people like Bob Flowerdew. Couldn't say there's a favourite.  I've found they all give good advise regrading gardening and  getting the best results but struggle to find books which give advise regarding preserving the stuff you grow.

It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 23:31

Dave, surly you mean you were out with zest in your garden, hat, scarf, gloves and a winter snow jacket was needed today in the NW

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 23:22

. Arrrrrrrr .

Cold and dull here, fortunately it didn't rain so the GH got a good clean. The battery has gone on my max/min temp gauge. This is the 2nd one, they only seem to last a year. I can't get the back off to change the battery, it's welded in place  Clearly a selling point which works in favour of the manufacturer

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