The 2017 Grow has begun!

Well. I’m not off to the best start with Blogging this year, two weeks into the New Year and not one post? Tch! I’m an Amateur.

Oh yeah, I am ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyhows – I’m proud to announce that on the 1st of January this year I got my sow on!

Last year I had sort of a theme going on, “Colours”, this year I’ve no theme. I’ve tried to think of one, but I can’t. At least it saves me thinking of one for next year!

This year I’ve started off with some Windowsill Propagators, they are quite compact and easily fit on my windowsills. When my eldest daughter was struggling with ideas for things to buy me I suggested these as I knew I needed them. I’d rather get something i’ll use for a present rather than something that will end up sat of a shelf collecting dust.

Windowsill Propagators

Last year the trays I used hung over slightly and just enough to annoy Mrs. Diaries. As the summer only started late last year they were hanging around the house for way too long. At least this year they’ll be more discrete in the event of another late summer ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I actually started making my seed choices for these I thought there was 36 cells in each tray, but there isn’t, there is only 30. As I was planning on three seeds for each variety this year and only one seed to a cell (as opposed to my usual 5) I’m already at a disadvantage.

Chilli Seeds

Last year I kept on planting seeds through most of January, and beyond. In my heart of hearts I know that no matter how much I try and control myself, I will be planting more seeds sooner rather than later. In fact, as I write this I know it to be true. This helped immensely when making the decisions of what was going to get planted today.

My first selection of seeds weren’t really a hard decision. They’re seeds sent to me by some friends in the Twitter growing community, OJChilies and Mark Willis of Marks Veg Plot (a great blog / resource for newcomers and experienced for food garden growers).

First seeds of the year planted, were… :drum roll: – Chocolate Scotch Bonnets! Scotch Bonnets are my favourite kind of chilli, my go-to chilli. According to OJChillies, these are the better version. No pressure there.

The Chocolate Scotch Bonnets were quickly followed by Martinique, Numex Twilight and some Carolina Reaper seeds that were sourced from Ed Currie bank in 2013. He’d sent some as I’d been let down buying seeds from eBay and so ended up with, something else, last year. With them being so old it’s hard to say if they’ll grow, but, worth a try and kind of him to send them in the first place.

Some of the seeds Mark sent aren’t exactly identified. He’s named them after the Country and appearance. The ones he sent were Calico, Camo, Pamama 4 Thin Red, Turkey Long Red, Turkey Small Thin and Panama 3 Red Hab.

The names don’t really matter to me anyway. As all Chilliheads know, the names of Chillies can be very subjective at the best of times… But that’s a tale for another Blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

Seeds in Propagator

There was one seed left over from Marks selection, Cozumel, so that started off the second Propagator. Joining it was Bhut Jolokia Peach, Bhut Jolokia Yellow, Bhut Jolokia White, Bhut Jolokia Red, Orange Jalapeno, Chocolate Devils Tongue, Carolina Reaper, 7 Pot Brain Strain and Butch T. Scorpion, all sourced from Bountiful Seeds. You might have noticed Carolina Reaper in there again, he’d also been kind enough to send some seeds along with an order I placed ๐Ÿ™‚

It was around this time when I noticed that I was filling my boxes quicker than the seeds were going down. This is when I had to start making choices.

My first choice was the Cheryl chilli, it was never a question of if I was growing this one for obvious reasons ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next in followed a new chilli another of my friends, James Read from Chilli Junkies, has been working on. This one is called Yoda. He let me try one of the pods a little while ago, it had seeds in it. What else was I going to do? ๐Ÿ˜‰ The little taste I had of it has me looking forward to these and getting more of feeling for them.

These were closely followed by Aji Limon, Purple Jalapeno, Fish, Scotch Bonnet, Jalapeno, Cherry Bomb, Hungarian Hot Wax and Chenzo.

The last windowsill propagator is the one I used last year, this has more room in it and actually has 36 cells (probably the source of my confusion).

As this was going to be my final 12 varieties of the day I was careful with my choices and went with Carioca, Black Pearl, Monkey Face, Trinidad Scorpion Sunrise, Paprika, Vietnamese Tear Jerker, Katie, Bishops Crown, Moruga Scorpion, Erotico, Pink Tiger and Fatali

So, 41 varieties sown and 126 seeds sown. So far.

The best part about waiting two weeks to post about this?


Martinique Seedlings

The. Game. Is. On.

Calico Seedling


Cheryl Chilli Seedling


OK. I’ll stop now. But I do have more ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m excited to be off to a good start already this year!

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