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.
Things where going well at first. Sure, I’d had leggy seedlings but they’d been buried neck deep and pretty much fixed. Things where looking well.
Some nice strong looking plants. Notice the labels? All nice and neat. Letting me know what plants they where. As you kind of want to know.
I mean, look, nice strong, well labelled plants…
Aren’t they pretty?
And, that is the “My wife and kids and spared me from the worst” version. They’d tided up for the most part knowing I’d be more than a little annoyed. They where right to do so and I’m very grateful for it.
But, what you will notice in that pile of dirt that was left is a lot of plant labels.
Which means I’m left with this.
Plants with no labels. Yup, I’ve no clue what most of the plants there are.
And, honestly, it’s kind of depressing.
It’s not the first time I’ve had to deal with this kind of thing. It’s been a yearly event, all three years I’ve been growing I’ve had to deal with some kind of greenhouse disaster. In 2015 I had it, and again in 2016. I couldn’t bring myself to do a “Greenhouse Down, yet again” post to my blog.
Using these plastic greenhouses on concrete is far from ideal. I get that. Every year I think I’ve got it sussed and “it won’t happen again”, but. No. It always does and it seems I won’t learn.
But. One thing I do have is determination. I’ll admit, I was pretty much ready to give up, I might have even tried to convince myself that it “wasn’t worth it” and this “would be the last year”. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to give up.
So, I did what I know how to do and carried on regardless.
So, this is the year of the Unknown. For the most part. All my plants that are doing well, I’ve no clue what they are till they start producing pods. And, even then. I’m not really sure I’m going to know what they are.
And, no, I didn’t just rebuild the Greenhouse that failed, I took precautions.
I don’t know if it was the weight of the plants, or the strong winds we’ve had, or, a combination of both. But it seems to be that it simply pulled itself to pieces.
So I’ve introduced the “ties that bind”.
And I even tied the shelves to each other.
Which means that Chilli life is now, good, right?
Well. We’ll see. I guess.
It’s kind of hard to blog about Chillies when you don’t know what you’re talking about. I did briefly consider naming them things like “Eric” and “Jack” but I just knew I’d run out of names for them eventually.
So, it is, as the post name suggests, the year of the unknown.
It’s kind of exciting, in some ways. When they start to get flowers and then the flowers move onto pods it’ll be interesting to see what comes. Be even more interesting to see if can identify them after that.
What am I going to blog about for the rest of the year then? Good question!
I think I’m going to devote my time to writing articles instead of blogs. Yes, yes, I know I called my site “Diaries” but it won’t hurt. Many of my “articles” seem to be fairly well received when I’ve done them in the past.
And then there are recipes I can do for you to try if you wish. I don’t consider myself any kind of chef but my food is generally well received when I make it. My Chilli 2.0 goes down especially well and I’ve given the link away quite a few times to people wanting to make their own.
Reviews are something else I want to start doing, I’ve a few books and a small army of hot sauces I can let you guys know my thoughts on, so, hopefully that will be something else to keep you and me interested!
So, watch this space for what comes next – Hopefully I won’t bore anyone too much with my meanderings, and complaints that I don’t know what my plants are! 😉