Woaaah. The end of April already?

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!

I’m quietly impressed with my setup this year. It feels more, grown up. I’m still using plastic greenhouses but I think I’ve got the knack of securing them well enough now.

The new one on the left was yet another Greenhouse bought for my birthday by my wife. Or, Gro-Zone as it’s called. It’s quite an impressive piece of kit really. Very sturdy and has little ventilation holes at the top to try and help you not cook your plants. Returning for it’s third year is the little four tier thing. That thing has stood like a rock since I bought it. The one on the right is also new, not a Birthday present this time but a Christmas present from my parents.

2017 Grow Corner

All of the plants you can see on the left are Chillies, not as many as last year but then I didn’t plant as many seeds, I’ve just less than 100 all told this season. The shelves more or less pan out into when I planted the seeds. Top shelf being January and the bottom shelf being March.

Chilli Plants planted in January

The top shelf is more less full of the “leggy seedlings” I buried, they’ve turned out all right in the end! Quite impressed with them really. It just goes to show that it’s not the end of the world when things don’t go quite right and it’s certainly not going to stop me planting in January again next year. I half wish more had done this now.

Unfortunately it’s not all good news on this front. I put them outside about about a week ago (23rd April) and then it subsequently froze the day after. And then the after that. And then the day after that. Yeah. Not great. I seem to have gotten away with it for the most part, though I do have a few leaves that look like they’ve bitten.

Frost bitten leaf

I Googled for advice and most things I read said to leave them on the plant, a few others have commented that I should take them off. The frost got to about four plants in total from what I can see, I’ve taken them off two and left two alone to see what happens and if it matters or not.

Chilli Plants planted in February

The middle shelf is currently home to the seeds I sewed in February, mostly, They are doing as well as can be expected and I’m more than happy with their progress as well.

Smack bang in the middle of that photo is one of my favourite plants so far, Cabe Gondal, it’s got furry leaves! Love it.

Cabe Condal Chilli Plant Leaves

The bottom shelf is mostly the seeds I planted in March. They’re coming along nicely as well. The ones on the right are also leggy seedlings but they’ve not quite got the height of the other ones yet so I’ve left them alone for now.

Chilli Plants planted in March

And, no, I’m not trying to grow beans if you’ve noticed that can at the bottom. I noticed a LOT of slugs in my garden the other night so I’ve left a treat out for them…

Skol lager for slugs

I do hope they drink heartily and enjoy it…

(Lager makes for an excellent slug trap, pour some in a can, the slugs crawl in and drown trying to get out)

I had almost no luck growing my favourite chilli this year, Scotch Bonnets, I did manage to get three to propagate…

Scotch Bonnets Seedlings

But then they where quickly eaten by some pesky varmint 🙁

Eaten Scotch Bonnets

Shortly after that the Yellow Sticky Traps were up and the Beer Traps were set. I’m not a massive fan of the Sticky Traps as Bees and Ladybirds can be attracted to them as well but while the doors are closed most of the time I’ll leave them up and then take them down once the doors are open more often.

So anyways, on a trip to a Garden Centre I’d not been to before I found these…

Scotch Bonnet or Bishops Crown

And bought them despite the picture of the Chilli being a Bishops Crown. Last year I bought Scotch Bonnet seeds and they grew as Bishops Crown so I might be headed down the same road again this year yet. We shall have to wait and see.

In one chilli growing related news I’ve got Tomatoes growing. I didn’t grow these from seed this year but instead bought them from a Garden Centre as well. They were only 60p each and it left me more room on my windowsills for chillies 😉

Tomato Plants

The new Greenhouse my parents bought me allowed me to use one side of it for a Growbag as well (well, both sides, technically but I only used one).

Tomato and Bell Pepper Plants

In there I put another Tomato plant and also two Bell Pepper plants I bought, you might be able to see that something has been having a nibble at them as well! I’ve never attempted to grow Bell Peppers in grow bags before so hope it works out! I bought these in as well, for 60p you really can’t complain.

And that nicely ties us up for April!

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