So, I learnt a new word yesterday – Oedema. In the three years or so I’ve been growing Chilli plants I’ve never once come across this. It’s a disease that can happen when plants take up more water than they can actually handle and there is a lot of humidity in the air
101 Chillies to Try Before You Die by David Floyd is a book that came out in mid 2016. David is something of a legend in the UK Chilli Scene. It’s probably fair to say that he was instrumental in bringing a lot of the “chilli” things we take for granted today to the forefront. David is also one of the original members of the now defunct Chile Foundry website, one of the first chilli sites I bookmarked. I’m guessing I’m not the only one to do that.
There isn’t really a lot that happens in the North West of England when it comes to proper Chilli Festivals and the like. So when something does pop up I like to try and go. I heard about the Southport Chilli Fiesta just a couple of days before it was due to happen. As it was a nice sunny day (for a change), and my wife was at home (not working for a change) we thought we’d drag the teenage boy out of his room and pop along and see what it was all about.
So. This hasn’t been my greatest year when it comes to Blogging my Adventures with my Greenhouse(s). I’ve a fairly good excuse, to be fair. While my year started off fairly well, as always in my three years of growing, disaster struck. Continue reading
Well, April has practically gone already. April of course is the Anniversary of my first growing endeavours. I’m now into my third year of growing my own and I still don’t know if I’m any good at it. But, I enjoy it and that is all that matters!
It’s March – Time to get those seeds in the ground folks! Oh, wait. I already did that. Guess that’s what happens when you’ve no patience. But, even if I was early it’s a good time to talk a little look at where I’m up to and if I need to do anything.
Chilli Names. Without doubt, one of the most confusing things about growing chillies is the name of them. We seemingly can’t even decide on a name for the fruit itself. Depending on your region, you might call it a Chili, Chile, Chilli or even Pepper.
One of the problems with planting seeds as early as I did this year is that technically it’s not warm enough or light enough to be starting to grow things. I’m lucky in that I’ve good size windowsills that have radiators under them so I generally get away with it. But this year I’ve run into a small problem. Leggy seedlings.