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Post by Chilli-head on 1st March 2019, 9:17 am

March, so spring has tentatively sprung. I don't know about where you are, but in my garden I've been enjoying a few days of more like early summer weather, but now spring has come it is grey and wet. Not that I'm complaining about the wet, we could do with some.

Still little going on in my plot. Just awaiting germination of the greenhouse plants. I've got quite a few winter maintenance tasks to finish off - renewing apple tree supports, tying in the grape vines, fixing fences etc.
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Post by Dandelion on 2nd March 2019, 3:00 pm

March already feels colder than February!!

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Post by Chilli-head on 3rd March 2019, 9:31 pm

Tomatoes emerging thick and fast. Less successful have been some of the saladings, some of my seed are just too old. Resown some lettuce today, and sowed some radish ubder cloches. Pea shoots are bursting up too, should be ready to eat soon.
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Post by Chilli-head on 8th March 2019, 1:48 pm

I think the tomatoes have all emerged now - well, 27 seedlings from 28 seeds sown, 4 of each of 7 varieties:

Indigo apple
Indigo blue beauty
Red pear
Thessaloniki
Sungold
Ruby
Pink Bulgarian


All but the last two I grew last year, but had mixed results because of the rather difficult year for tomato growing - it was actually too hot !

Chillies and peppers emerging now,  Chocolate Rocoto,  Early Jalapeno, Basket of fire, Ohnivec.

It will soon be time to dig out the compost heap to make up this year's batch of potting compost. Probably physically the hardest job of the gardening year, I think.
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Post by Dandelion on 8th March 2019, 4:58 pm

How do you sow the seed, CH? In seperate pots for each variety, or in a divided seed tray? 27 plants from 28 seeds isn't a bad record!

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Post by Chilli-head on 8th March 2019, 5:04 pm

I sow them 4 seed to a 3" shallow-ish pot in seed compost, then split them up at the 2 true leaf stage into a more nutritious general purpose compost, still in 3" pots.

I do the same with peppers and chillies, though they take a little longer to emerge. I've tried covering the seed with a thin layer of vermiculite this time, some say a bit of light getting through to the seed helps trigger germination.
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Post by Chilli-head Yesterday at 8:51 pm

I did get out to the greenhouse this weekend - I potted my tomatoes into individual 3" pots, and sowed celeriac, leeks, indoor cucumbers and another go at capers. These are a challenge indeed, I got one plant from the last attempt, but it died in the heat when we were away in Japan last summer - I left it where my hoilday watering helper didn't spot it Crying or Very sad So, try again. The recommended procedure is to soak in warm water overnight, then place on damp kitchen towel in the fridge for 2 months, soak again for 24 hours, then sow. Fingers crossed.

Good emergence on the chillis. I've just spotted that, despite being rather old seed, I have one Capsicum chinense Red Savina emerging. Properly hot chilles !
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