OT: The Chilli Planting Begins
It’s that time already. Gosh how the time flies when you’re having fun.
- Portugal, a Jumbo Cayenne type that sounds great,
- the now [in]famous Dorset Naga, probably the hottest Chilli in the world,
- a Jalapeño which my wife bought for me, and as these are quite mild will be good for the family,
- Thai Mound, a very hot and tiny birds-eye type,
- Fatalii which are a yellow Habanero style that has a good reputation for flavour (citrus) and also for overwintering well,
- and finally a regular Cayenne chilli which my Sister-in-law very kindly gave to me at Christmas with a copy of the Grow Your Own garden magazine.
I used the same technique as last year. That is take a small plastic tub (the kind we get Indian and Chinese Takeaways in round here), lay a sheet of absorbent kitchen paper (we use recycled, non-perfumed and unbleached paper) in the bottom and then dampen liberally with tepid water. When I say liberally, the paper is pretty much saturated and there is small amount of water that will collect in the corner of the tub if you tip it up a bit. I then write on the side of the tray the two varieties I will sow in the box and then just lay the seeds on the moist paper keeping a decent distance between them.
Here’s one I prepared earlierI repeated this exercise with the other chillies, and some tomato seeds to try and give them a head start too. Once the seeds are sown, I put the lids on the tubs and put them in our airing cupboard. Last year germination was really quick compared to the more traditional pot sown seeds I’d done in the past. The tubs need to be checked every day and as soon as the seed starts to sprout I cut a small section of the paper that the seed is on and place that in a small (3″) pot with some some good seed compost. Then they stay on our south-facing window sill in the lounge until the weather warms up enough for them to go outside.