With the warm and sunny weather continuing throughout this week and the seedlings in the propagators quickly outgrowing their nursery conditions, I made the decision to start moving the plants into the greenhouse and have been steadily potting them on, one tray at a time, and already the larger greenhouse is almost full. Mud has informed me more than once that we will no doubt find ourselves in the midst of another freezing cold spell in a day or two but, as Middle Mudlet was happy to point out, that’s what horticultural fleece is for and we have enough to provide protection for everything in the greenhouses. Continue reading
Two days of almost solid rain, has had the usual dramatic affect on my garden, that watering by hose pipe, sprinkler or watering simply can’t achieve. Everywhere I look the lush green of healthy plants can be seen, although, as we head into the last month of summer, this is now interspersed with the yellowing of plants, past their prime which even the magical powers of Ma Natures rain can’t revive. Continue reading
Occupying one whole section of staging in the large greenhouse, three seed trays of young chilli plants sat patiently waiting their turn for potting on. If you remember, a couple of months ago, I had been feverishly potting on the trays and trays of seedlings, that had resulted from the over sowing of seeds, caused by the mistaken belief that the seedlings from my initial sowings were succumbing to damping off. As it turned out my fears had been misplaced and most of the original seedlings suddenly began to thrive, as did all of those that resulted from my second sowing which meant that I suddenly found myself with close to 100 tomato and roughly 60 Chilli seedlings to care for. Consequently, when it came time to pot on the seedlings for the first time, I soon realised that I didn’t have enough first size pots and so had to think of a solution. Continue reading
You may remember that about eight or nine days ago I wrote about the disaster I thought was happening in my seed trays. The seedlings weren’t doing very well, a few had keeled over and several were looking decidedly dodgy. I felt that this was probably a problem called damping off and that I had over-watered my trays, resulting in the facilitation of the damping off fungus which was impeding both the growth of my seedlings and the germination of some of the seeds, not to mention causing some of the seedlings to give up the ghost entirely and fall over. Continue reading
For the last few weeks, the chillies in the greenhouse have been tucked up under horticultural fleece overnight, to protect them from the rapidly falling nighttime temperatures whilst the chilli peppers continue to ripen. I have watered, removed dead and decaying foliage, cosseted and pampered this precious and abundant crop, waiting for the time when I could pick and then pickle them. With the smaller Cayenne chillies ripening rapidly, it was the Ohnivecs that I was waiting for.
Sown indoors: 9th January 2014
First Seedling: 24th January 2014
Germination: 15 days
Germination ratio: 7/10 seeds sown
This is a new variety to me and it has come from the Real Seed Catalogue. I chose this variety because it looked stunning in the catalogue picture, is supposedly a hot chilli but, in addition, it purports to get to nearly 1 foot in length and 2 inches wide!!!
Did I give them enough water when I sowed them?
Or, worse still, did I give them too much and are they now rotting away unseen in the compost?
Are they warm enough?
Is there enough light? Continue reading
I can be an impatient gardener and never is this more evident than when it comes to seed sowing and germination. Regardless of what the seed packet, gardening books, not to mention my own experience tells me about the realistic number of days between sowing and sprouting, I find myself peering into my propagators for signs of life, almost before I’ve had chance to put the lid on. Continue reading
With the very strong winds, rain and/or plain icy weather we have been having in recent weeks, I have to admit that I am guilty of neglecting my garden, preferring to remain warm and snug inside and blatantly ignoring the chaos and unkempt appearance at the end of the garden. Not that much of that section of the garden can be seen from the house and I have become adept at turning a blind eye on my daily visits to the coal bunker. Continue reading