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Chilli heat

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 23:45

Depends what you consider hot, people have different tolerance levels. I don't pick chillies from the plant to use in cooking whilst growing but wait till ripe and dry them, as I'm usually still using the previous years dried chillies which last a year or more if dried ripe. I grew Apache and Ceyenne in 2011 and they kept really well but only the deep red one's should be kept and they were hot... 

Mine are grown in pots in the GH. Apache and Cayenne did really well again in 2012. They aren't hot whilst still green but if picked when red taste hotter the nearer to the stem and are eye watering when dried.    

I stand chilli pots in gravel trays, water from below and have gravel on the surface of the pot to reduce water evaporation.

Allotment Heavy clay heavy mud

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 23:51

Now, particularly before a frost, isn't the best time to dig over veg beds in prepararton for spring planting and unless you know what the weeds are, rotivating the area would break up the weed roots and spread them over a larger area.

It sounds like you are able to do heavy work and are keen to prepare the allotment for spring planting. There are different ways of approaching this and I'm happy to be wrong. but you could strim off the weeds and cover the area with either old carpet or black plastic.  This will serve two purposes, it will restrict the growth of weeds and warm up the soil come spring.

Depending where you live, late March would be a better time to start preparing your soil for spring planting.

You've missed the autumn window when veg growers would add fertilizer to beds and it's a matter of preference, some growers wait till March to add fertilizer. Clay soil benefits from adding humus to the soil by way of manure. Manure needs to be well rotted though before it can be added to your veg beds, in autum it can be obtained free from local farmers and then needs to be stored for several months to break down, an alternative would be mushroom compost but this would need to be double dug in, to improve the soil and you would need to wait until March time.

Not sure if I've answered your question but others maybe able to help further.

Which spuds to get...

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 22:34

There's such a big choice I decided on some tried and tested varieties with a couple of new one's.

1st earlies are Pentland Javelin and Winston. Charlotte seems popular though but I find the skins come off when cooked unless steamed.

2nd earlies Estima and Wilja. Wilja are nice and creamy when mashed.

Main crop,Desire.

I've still to go to the local potato fair but with only two spare growing bags and Red Duke of York a favourite, was going to go for another main crop to fill the last bag. The local nursey's here are selling seed potatoes per lb which has worked out at 10 to 12p each.    

Which varieties are you guys choosing...

Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 22:07

It's stopped snowing here now and stuck in all the wrong places like on the GH and  in flower beds The gritters are out in force and as a precuation the car's been moved off the hill and around the corner.

Don't want to be the bringer of bad news Jo but I suspect it's on it's way to Manchester unless it's moving up the country in which case, Rain and Frank will get it.

Seeds are up

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 21:49

My success rate for anything sown in January or February is zero Plants germinate but once  out of the heated propagator they keel over and die, it's clearly to cold for them in the spare bedroom but short of putting on the central heating 24hr 7 I usually wait until at least March before sowing anything.

I've geraniums doing well in the kitchen though (they haven't died yet) and plan to sow aubergines in February this year. Any help with keeping stuff alive would be most helpful. I've antirrhinum which can be sown now   

Seed swap

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 21:22

Without going through everyone's postings I'm not sure what's currently being swapped.

I've spare tom seeds, saved last year, if anyone is interested, nothing exciting  - Alisa Craig, Red Pear, Xmas Grape, Money Maker and Golden Sunrise.

Chillie seeds - Apache, Cayenne and Jalapeno. 1st two grew well last year, one plant produces enough chillies to last till next harvest.

I've heaps of annual flower seeds, freebie's from magazines.

I'd like some dahlia seeds, please.

What veggies are you planning on growing 2013?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 20:14

Probably beetroot, onions, garlic, french/runner beans and peas, salad stuff, spinach and chad. Kohl, will try carrots again, courgette's, squash and brussels, I'm sure I've other seeds, nearly forgot - spuds.. 

In the GH it's going to be cues, toms, chillies, peppers, aubergines and I've some yard long beans which need warmth.

Rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, blueberries and currants which were mainly eaten by birds last year or failed to fruit, hoping for more success this time around.  

what do you think is the best make of bird food you have bought?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 19:29

I do the same as Chicky and also look out for bargain bird food in local stores. Making  your own fat balls is a good idea, with seeds the birds are currently eating in the garden at any one time. Aldi also do a fruity muesli which goes down well here and mixes well in fat balls. You would need to check the label though if using other brands of muesli to make sure they are bird friendly.

Last year I grew sunflowers and fed the seeds to the birds over winter. 

What we are doing this week

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 16:15

Sam. Try 'The Garden Superstore' on line. Their pots are ever so reasonably priced, they sell light and heavy weight one's. 10cm square one's are only 75p. Smaller pots start at 11 or 13p each and if you buy in bulk the P & P is bearable.   

Has anyone got any snow yet?

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 16:01

It's been snowing here in Lancashire for most of the afternoon, not heavy though and it isn't sticking.  

Discussions started by Zoomer44

Soil like dust...

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A vote of confidence....

Just thought I'd share this with fellow posters.... 
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