Posts Tagged ‘chillies’

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


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)


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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Spring has Sprung!

Broad beans seedlings.

As spring has sprung, we decided to spend Saturday afternoon down on the allotment and what a lovely afternoon it was! The sun came out and at times, it really did feel like spring was in the air! We hadn’t spent much time down there recently so it seemed like there was a lot to do. I guess that’s always the thing with gardening. So we weeded all our raised beds and checked on how things were doing. The things we planted in late autumn last year like garlic, bunching onions and broad beans are all doing well, so that’s good to see! We filled our last raised bed and cold frame with a mixture of topsoil, compost and charcoal. It’s good to know that everything is good to go as things warm up. We planted out our broad beans (‘Aquadulce Claudia’) that we have brought on

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Happy New Year and some Keralan Veg!

Curry leaves

Happy New Year! Here’s to hoping that 2013 is a perfect year for growing! We’ve just got back from an amazing holiday in Kerala in southern India. India is such a vibrant and colourful country that it’s been hard to settle back to life in the UK again in grey, cold and wet January! But enough of that, we were on a bit of a mission whilst on holiday to see what vegetables are grown and eaten in Kerala compared to here in the UK. Most Keralans are vegetarian so they eat a huge range of fruit and vegetables, often in curries of one form or another. Fruit and veg are so readily available in India; every shop on every street from a small village to a big city sells them, its certainly different to the supermarkets here in the UK! So whilst out and about, we spotted lots of

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How to over-winter your Chilli plants..

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 9, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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I thought I would share this as it is time to get your Chilli plants ready for overwintering. (I confess this is not my article – I found it on "chilli king" website when I was looking to over winter a few plants of mine.) It is much easier to bring them out after over-wintering as plants rather than bringing them up again from seed. You can choose the best plants in Autumn / Winter that you have to keep for the following season. You are basically going to put them in hibernation and bring them out in the Spring to flourish once more.. 1. Not all your plants will make it though the winter. Assuming you are like most people available space (away from frosts) such as in the greenhouse or conservatory or a sunny windowsill will be limited so only choose your best looking, healthie

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Chilli Mania.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender October 22, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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  I always grow a few chilli plants as I like spicy food and I think the plants look lovely. This year the wider world of chillies has been opened up to me, and frankly I have been blown away! Gardening friends have introduced me to an exciting and amazing plant that I thought I knew, I was wrong. I had no idea how varied chilli plants are. There are chilli varieties from Africa, Asia, Central, North and South America, Mexico, India, China and Eastern Europe. Chillies come in an amazing range and shades of colour such as, red, green, yellow, white, orange, peach, purple, black, and brown. Many chillies start one colour, then as they ripen they change, sometimes though a rainbow of colours, often all on the plant at the same time. They also have flowers and foliage in a varie

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