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My chillies june 16th 2015

Person Author: Maaike Calender June 17, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment 2 Comments
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All my chillies are doing well in the greenhouse, some got whitefly or aphids, so i banished them to the outside and hope the rain and cold will take care of that, then they might come back inside...lol. I've found my Serrano chilli to have hairy leaves, and I don;t know yet if I mislabeled another plant like a marjoram or not, as they're no flowers/fruits on it, but the stem looks like chilli  this one is the hairy one labeled Serrano, might be a weed haha..    red long sweet pepper  filius blue  demon red  cayenne  basket of fire  and the gigantic Ancho chilli, one might last me all year ;-)  the usual beasties on peppers and chillies   these are overwintered from last year and the only 3 that made it   some are still small, but i

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My chillies, paprika’s and tomatoes 28 april 2015

Person Author: Maaike Calender April 28, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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My Chenzo F1 is colouring up :-D, needed watering, so don't pay attention to leaves hanging, it's doing well, it just get dry quickly. I have taken 3-4 chillies to the greenhouse and applies foil under them as per suggestion of James Wong. Just a few as kind of sacrificial lambs, see how they  do  with these, still chilly nights, but they seem fine. Paprika Kalocsai Don't know why some stay smaller and others are reaching the 35cm . Some obvious small growing ones, like Razzamatazz, or patio fire, they don't get big period, but others, even with the tomatoes, just lack behind. Same conditions, same sowing time, same food, same light, same love, I 'm stumped... my Tomatoes need to go outside, maybe next week, i've been monitoring night temperatures out here in  Delft, the

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chilli and pepper seedlings 14th March 2015

Person Author: Maaike Calender March 14, 2015 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Most were sown on the 10th of January 2015 some on the 19th. Some are doing great and are even starting to make flowers already. I was tempted to start hardening them off and taking them to the greenhouse. I did that with my hardy Fucshia and it did well for 2 days and then they died, so sad. I'm also running out of space fast. So I'm indecided if I should pot them up or see how they do over the next month. End of April should be fine, still a risk, but hey you only live once, right? ;-) I've also sown some tomatoes on the 3rd of march and they're doing well.

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The new season has truly begun…

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender March 23, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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I've not been doing much on the blog side lately so here goes with some info on the last few months activities. I planted my garlic as normal in September in modules in the greenhouse but they were really very slow this year. I normally plant them out at the plot end of December but this year only in February and very small growth and root system. They seem to be growing well now. I am growing the garlic through weed fabric this year as my onions did really well last year and no weeding was required other than a few hand pulled weeds. Since I made my light grow box in January the seedlings have really been growing well. I eventually had to take the chillies and peppers out when I potted up the show onions.. The chillies have really done well and as it's the first time growing them

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DIY Greenhouse rainwater collector kit..

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender February 6, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 5 Comments
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Just a quick evening blog.... I searched for Greenhouse rainwater collector kits on Ebay today for my home GH to collect nutritious rain water for my seedlings. I found some for £18 a pair... Now I don't like to pay much for anything so into the workshop I went to make my own. I always collect bits of copper piping from old baths and basins when I see them in skips as I know I can use bits at the plot from time to time. I also had some thick firm compressed rubber matting from kids play areas which come in handy as kneeler pads for the garden and our ageing knees!! You know the type - just like flip flops are made from.. I cut a piece of rubber mat off a piece that is under the grow box and then cut a few blocks of mat a bit wider and higher than the inside size of the g

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Mmmm new Project – DIY Light Grow Box…

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender January 28, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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So..... I was sitting at the Christmas dinner table (on boxing day) with the family and suddenly decided I need a grow box to play with for growing some show onions, a few peppers and chilies.. Bright idea... I had a light box of sorts sitting in my garage for layering my vinyl signs which I had made out of an old cupboard from a skip with some lights inside and a perspex top. Basically a box to lay signs on and then lay another one on top in the correct positions to create different backgrounds etc. I don't use it any more so decided it can be DIY'd into my new grow box.     I removed the lights and door, hacked it shorter and started on the new design. I had previously used 6 energy saver bulbs and had some plugs and switches in my draws. I decided on using 2 bulbs and hav

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 2)

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So to continue... Spring Onions... As I said in the part 1 we love our onions.  As well as the normal onions I also have a small bed of multiplying onions - like a spring onion but a bit smaller. I originally planted a few bunches of two or three onions and they soon turned into huge bunches of tall tasty onions which are ideal in stews and soups. They have a totally different taste to normal onions. I dig up a portion of a bunch when required by driving a spade through the bunch and replacing some soil to fill the void!! When the whole bunch has been used I replant a small bunch of 2-5 and in not time they will be ready for eating as well. This way one only needs a square meter or so in the garden for theses.  They over-winter without any problem and jump back into growing mode i

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 1)

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Wow - I was quite astounded when I added the quantities of veg that I grew on my allotment last season.. I grew 588 kg. on 165 sq. mt.   My Harvest 2013 After seeing the price of runner beans in town I decided to do a harvest record just to see how much I have grown and priced at supermarket prices.. Some estimates are on the lower side!! Strawberries 40kg = 88punnet @ £2.50 = £225 Broadbeans 6kg @ £1.80 per kg = £11 Peas 6kg @ £2 = £12 Potatoes 90kg @ £1 = £90 Gemsquash 130 @ 50p = £65 Runner beans 31kg @ 6.67 = £207 Courgettes 20kg @ £1.60 = £32 Squashes loads +/- 12 @ £1 = £12 Hubbard squash 4 large @ £4 = £16 Acorn squash 21 @ £1 + £21 Pumpkin 1 @ 2kg @ £2 = £2 Beetroot +/- 25 kg @ £3.3 = £83 Garlic 80 large bulbs @ 50p = £40 Onions 450 @ 2

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A Proper Summer!

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender July 27, 2013 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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Yes! A proper summer at last. This is the best summer since 2006! Although it was a long cold spring, with many plants suffering. My tomato plants looked quite sorry for themselves in April, but are wonderful now. I have been harvesting a small number of ripe Sungold toms over the last week and I have others on bush plants ready too. No other varieties ripe, but there are lots of nice trusses on my Gardeners Delight, Black Krim, Purple Ukrain and my grafted Orangina. I have a plant of Indigo Rose which is supposed to have purply blue skin. The unripe fruits already have a blue tinge. I cant wait for my tomatoes to ripen in all colours of the rainbow! Watch the temperatures in the greenhouse or poly tunnel. In the strong sun, temps can easily rocket to well over a 100 degrees, ventil

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Early June Garden.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender June 9, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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Hard to believe we are in June now. The good weather we have had over the last couple of weeks has really made a difference. Everything is growing so fast, I can hardly keep up with the potting up, tying in and pinching out! I have baby tomatoes set on some of the early plants, young peas and broad beans and flowers on my chilli's. My bush tomatoes were planted out in pots and tubs outside last week and are looking good with lots of flowers. The bed and borders are full and lush, with little spare space for any new plants, but as I have grown oriental poppies, helebores and himalayan cowslips from seed, I will have to find room somewhere! The soft fruit is looking great and there is a good set on the currants and blueberries. My garlic that was planted in October is gro

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