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Root Tower……

I have recently become friends with a guy named Andy Finch…….. nothing amazing about that, happens to people all the time. However, not only is Andy an amiable guy, he is also one of the top Hydroponic experts in the country, as well as the guy pulling the strings and levers at hanginggardenuk.com an established company in the West midlands, that has developed a revolutionary Hydroponic system, that allows you to grow food plants literally on the wall anywhere ! Continue Reading »

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Crossing/Breeding chillis

There are 1000’s of varieties of chillis available, and a great portion of these, are Hybrids,…. which means Two varieties have cross pollinated.
This happens quite naturally most of the time, through natural movement of the plants, or via insect pollination. However, a lot of the time, it is done on purpose by the grower, who will take Two varieties of chilli……. with qualities they would like to have in One chilli, and cross-pollinate them by hand, before they get chance to pollinate naturally.
Here I am going to show you how to create your own crosses (Hybrids). Continue Reading »

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I’m Back !!!!

Yes folks….I’m back……. I apologise for my temporary disappearance, but I had some things going on, that prevented me from having the time to sit down and write. However, hopefully I can now keep the blog updated from now on.
So….just a quick update………Last season was an excellent one for me….all my plants stayed healthy, and produced loads of pods. Regular readers may remember, that I decided to use Tomorite only for feeding last year, and I have to say, I was very pleased with the results. Now I don’t believe for one moment it was this alone, as the weather was very kind and I didn’t have many slugs & bugs to fight against. But I do know, that by using Tomorite I raised loads of healthy plants…and saved a small fortune !!! Continue Reading »

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Guest Blogger….

I read loads of blogs, covering many different subjects. Most of them are chilli related or cover gardening in general.
One blog I go back to time after time is The Forget-me-Not Cultivation Blog written by a lady called Sophie Cussen. This lady really knows her stuff around the garden, and her blog is very well written, very informative and contains just enough humour to make it an enjoyable read.
So I was over the moon when Sophie agreed to write an article for my blog, have a read through and I hope you enjoy it….. and please make time to have a read of her blog The Forget-me-Not Cultivation Blog I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

iggy 🙂 Continue Reading »

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Quadgrow To Wilma Conversion…….

This is something I decided to do a while back, convert one of my Quadgrows into a 4 pot Wilma system. I was going to wait until the end of the growing season to do it, ready for next season….. however, I bought the bits I needed, and went ahead and did it today 🙂 Continue Reading »

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Liquid Gold….

A couple of weeks ago, a few of my plants were looking like they needed a little extra nutrition. Instead of racing off to the garden centre and spending even more hard earned cash, I decided to use something I tried a few years ago…. Liqud Gold….. yes folks… URINE !!!

Liquid Gold

 
I know a few of you will think Yuk ! That’s gross !!! However, we have all used horse manure, bat poo & chicken poo in the past without a second thought.
Human urine is absolutely sterile when it leaves the body and therefore free from bacteria,in fact it’s so sterile that it can be drunk when fresh, and makes a very good fertiliser, urine is one of the fastest-acting, most excellent sources of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and trace elements for plants. It does need diluting at a ratio of about 10:1, i.e 10 parts water to 1 part urine, otherwise it would burn the roots of your plants.
SO I fed it to the plants a few times, and the new growth is coming through lovely, as you can see in these Two pics:
7 pot Brain
7pot Brain

That aside, everything else is going pretty much to plan with the plants, they have all had a good trim to thin out the foliage, they are being fed weekly with Tomorite and most of them are carrying their first small pods. These pods may be small, but they still have terrific heat and once they are picked, the plants should produce proper sized pods.
All in all Im happy with their progress, and it is only June so there’s still plenty of time for them to grow dozens of pods…..hopefully !! All we need now is some sunshine 😉

Also as an udate…. my 2 year old Orange Hab Bonchi has quite a few pods on it, curiously…last year it produced 3 full sized pods, and this year it has produced so far 7 smaller pods:

Bonchi

Anyway….here’s a few pics of some of the plants for you to look at, any questions….get in touch.
4 pot wilma

7 pot barrackpore

Carolina Reaper

Morouga

Thanks for reading 🙂

iggy

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GROWING MEDIA & NUTRITION

One topic that has cropped up quite a few times in the last couple of weeks, in conversation and on the Firefoods forum, is what is the best growing media for chilli plants ?
There are loads of different types, from specialist composts to clay balls….peat free, coir etc etc.
Now some people will have their favourites, which have produced good results for them and will stick with that type, and I’m talking about the hobbyist grower now, not the commercial grower, who will have different needs and costs to take into account.
However, for someone who is just starting in the hobby, it can be quite daunting deciding which one is best for them, and they will get different answers from different growers.

In the past I have used loads of different types, and had excellent & poor results,and if you are only growing a few plants, then I would suggest using the best compost you can afford, but when your growing 100+ plants it can work out very expensive to use a high grade compost.
For that reason, this year I am using a cheap Multi Purpose Compost ( MPC ), which I’ve used a lot in the past, and will rely on feeding and Nutrition to get the best from my plants.

This brings us onto another topic for debate……..what is the best thing to feed your plants ???? …. Do an internet search and you will find dozens of specialist feeds created for chilli plants, and some are really good. Again, people will have their own favourites and opinion, and yes…I’ve used some of these specialist feeds and had varying results, but this year along with MPC I will be going back to using good old TOMORITE.
tomorite

It may lack a few trace ingredients compared to some available chilli feeds, but it’s cheap and goes a long way, and can give excellent results. Some growers advise using it at half strength and others use it full strength, I use it half strength in the early stages of the plant’s growth and then at full strength when the plants are flowering and podding.
Your plants will tell you if they are happy with how they’re being fed, nice green healthy looking leaves means they are getting the right amount of nutrition, however if the plants look weak and the leaves are discoloured, this can mean they are not getting enough nutrition, or too much…which can be just as detrimental to a plants health. Then it’s just a matter of adjusting the strength of your chosen feed until the plants are looking healthy again. A bit of practise is all it takes to get the best from your compost & feed, and chilli plants are not that fussy…..so it’s cheap & cheerful for me this year, and I’ll share the results with you later in the season 😉

Happy growing !!

iggy 🙂

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