Manda’s post from the end of January says she’s starting her chillies off already. I didn’t realise you could get going so quickly!
I didn’t do too well with chillies last year: I germinated some in about February, and then completely failed to repot them during the year. I put them in the lean to, where they seemed to like the summer heat. They got very leggy, and wilted on hot days, but I managed to keep them watered.
Not that that did much good by the end of the year when they were still in seed trays and they needed 8″ pots.
Come October, the Scotch bonnet plant made a valliant attempt at setting fruit, in some desperate, Darwinian bid for posterity (it didn’t know I had more or less a full packet of its sibling seeds waiting to be sown in subsequent years.) It grew a wrinkled little green fruit about the size of a thumbnail.
I think the cold weather in the lean to has seen for the plants, and they certainly haven’t been watered in 2007.
Not good. My track record on growing food is awful. I quite like the idea, and I often put seeds in, but I don’t think I’ve ever really seen anything through and eaten something I’ve grown.
I plan to be better this year (have I heard that before?)
A colleague has a big square garden with two old apple trees in. His approach to gardening is to clear the neck-high brambles every fifteen years. He’s just done it, and I was vaguely thinking of cultivating the bare earth he’s left behind.
Obviously, yerakshual gardening before the elections in May is a bit of a no-no. But nothing stopping me getting some seeds going of an evening all ready for a grand plant out in May.
Any suggestions for seeds, and post May planting?