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Is this chilli too light green?

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 18:16

Sounds like you are well ahead. Mine don't have flowers yet and this year decided not to grow peppers, there just isn't enough room in the GH.

Apache dry well too, I've still a jar full from last year and I'm convinced they are even hotter when dried.


Is this chilli too light green?

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 21:53

Not sure about banana chillies but like peppers, chillies change colour, they maybe pale green now but if left will possibly go a black colour before yellow.

I'm no expert but have a couple of different chilli varieties growing this season, without going out to the GH one is apache from saved seeds, they start off green, go black, then red. You can pick when green but you get less heat from them, chillies are hotter if left to mature.    

If the leaves on the plant are healthy and yours look fine, wait and see what grows from the other chilli plants, a mixed variety is likely to produce some pleasant suprises

"Bug. Hotel"

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 20:56

Nutcutlet - Maybe a pile of stones and black plastic in a sunny corner, what do you think.  


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 22:36

Sounds a good plan, look upon it as a learning curve...happy growing.   

"Bug. Hotel"

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 21:52

Herbgarden2 - no haven't made one yet but it's on my 'to do list'. I've dug over the main growing area on the plot now and seen more slow worms at the bottom of the plot so have aquired more pallets and one is destined to be a 'bug hotel'.

Slow worms seem to like living in between the folds of black plastic and stones so the first storey's already planned. 


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:11

They were eaten by slugs and snails, outside last year..

This year they were sown on 8th April and have been in the GH since Easter. They have about 3 to 4 big leaves on them. On the packets, March through to May is the window for sowing...but we are only in the first week of June. The mixed packet says they can be harvested in October, whilst the dolls can be harvested in November and snakes picked from August.

As philippa talks from growing experience, you could be too late to sow for a harvest. I'd still try a few seeds though, see how far they get and save some seeds for next year.

The first time I tried aubergines they were sown to late...but they flowered and I gained some tips about how to grow them. The following year I sowed early and had a bumper crop.

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 23:53

Prunings easy pezzie if only growing gooseberry bushes, it's if you decide to start growing white, red and blackcurrants all at the same time it becomes more tricky...took me a couple of years to get my head around that one ...with no currants on a bush one year... 

Gooseberry Bushes

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 23:43

If pot grown you can plant them out now. You won't get anything from them this year as gooseberries are at their prime now and heavy with developing fruit but next year you should get a crop. 

If space is a problem, pot them up but aim to plant out either October or March for a crop next year, you can plant out between these dates but the reality is the ground is often frozen.    


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:56

I'm trying for the second time, snakes weren't very successful last year  .

I'm trying a mix of small fruits and Russian Dolls this time. I'm in the NW and was going to treat them like courgettes, the plants look similar. Germination has been good. The one's still in the GH are looking good and one planted out a couple of weeks ago is doing well.  

It's worth a try, nothing ventured, nothing gained, plant some out and if you have a GH or similar grow some in there.

How far north are you..... 

Help...marestail and other nasties...

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:38

Marestail is now coming up in between veggies I'm growing, won't it be difficult to spray without it affecting the veg.  

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