A very chilli January

It may be the 28th of January, but for me it’s the first day of spring. I spent a busy afternoon today repotting two of my citrus trees, splitting and potting up various carnivorous plants and sowing the first seeds of the year – mainly chillies.

The chillies and sweet peppers need a long growing season, so I always start them early in my dad’s propagator in the limery. I don’t own many things that belonged to my dad, but his propagator is a valued possession and I know he’d be delighted that I’m still using it.

This year, with my new interest in Mexican food, I have planted six varieties of chilli: lemon drop, chocolate habanero, jalapeño, black Hungarian, serrano and ancho. Fingers crossed for good germination.

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  1. We too have peppers sown in a propagator in the Peach House. Sown 2 weeks ago, no sign of germination yet though. Fingers crossed.

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  2. Happy Germination! Nice to use something from your Dad, it would make him happy.

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    • Yes, he was always pleased to hear about me using it when he was still alive (he stopped gardening in his later years and passed it on to me then) and I feel a bit of him is with me when I get it out to switch on each year

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  3. Spring like already? I’m not at all surprised though when I see those beautiful green plants in your Limery. And how wonderful to have your dad’s propagator!!

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  4. A touch of heat for the chill of winter!
    There was something I wanted to ask: have you ever considered growing loofah/luffa gourds for scrubbers instead of those green nylon things? This follows on from a discussion over on Celia’s Fig Jam & Lime Cordial blog about reducing waste, and did knitted cotton dishcloths work for scrubbing pots and pans? I’ve seen people using loofah sections here, they’re quite durable and totally biodegradable, plus of course, self-reproducing if you save the seeds. There’s a woman in Canada who’s grown them and blogged about it, so if she can grow them I bet you can. Your heated propagator made me think of it; they need a warm start and long growing season.

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  5. You have a fantastic start on your garden. I will be starting a few of my seedlings next week! I can’t believe it’s that time already.

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  6. A very productive afternoon’s work 🙂 I’m guessing there’ll be chili concarne on the menu come winter?

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  7. I love chillies – except my husband sometimes goes a bit mad with them in his cooking – and I also love those names, Lemon Drop and Chocolate Habanero ❤

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  8. You’ve beaten me to the sowing! I am going to start next weekend – and try out my propagator for the first time. Best of luck with your peppers.

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  9. Oooh, look at those! Chilli season is under way in our house too, albeit on a much smaller scale. I like the sound of those lemon drop ones you’ve sown though – how hot are they likely to be?

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  10. Wow! They’re coming along great! Well done. Anita

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  11. Are they sundews?

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