With the cold weather looking like it’s finally past and the nights are getting longer, it’s time to grow some Chillies! February is the classic time to grow them here in Ireland and usually the earlier in the month the better. You may have seen previous that I started my growing season a good few weeks ago with my harder to grow varieties but it was too cold to pot the rest of the seeds into their trays at that time. At the moment though it’s pleasantly mild and stays light until 6.15pm approx, so I’m starting to get that brilliant Spring time feeling!
The good thing about the winter time is you can re organise and get prepared for the next year, so I had my ‘potting station’ all ready to go. I spent a whole day and with the aid of 7 cups of tea as I was on a mission to have all potted by dark!
It’s always good practice to prep your seed trays by dipping them in hot water and giving them a good clean to get rid of any types of fungus, mould or covert rogue snails.
I use a mix of compost and good old Irish soil when planting out to bigger pots later in the year but for now all you need is a good multi purpose compost. I’m going for 6 of each variety and a few more that I’m trying through different growing techniques so I should have a good few Chilli plants come Summer. This part is pretty simple which is great, all it takes is a good bit of time so I’d recommend keeping at it until it’s done.
I have now planted an array of exotic types and I can’t wait to see how they get on. This year I’m keeping all seedlings in the house throughout the early stages to keep the temperature constant and increase the success rate. Our conservatory is the spot for any homegrown to be :)
Like last year I have chosen a nice selection of Chillies with a broad range of heat when ripe – from the very mild Jalapeno to the silly hot Mid African Fatalii. I have so many plans for them this year including having a go at making my very own Chilli Ninja Sauce – very excited.
So now there is not much else to do but to just kick back, stare at them until they feel awkward and start to grow just so I walk away.
Just wanted to give a shout out to my kitten Cara. The effort you must put into taking time out of your busy day of meowing in mine & Astra’s face even after we’ve just fed you, teasing the neighbours dog, jumping up on the kitchen counter, drinking from the toilet, and knocking things over to turn my seed trays upside down in the night is very admirable. I salute you but this year it’s not going to happen.
I love to hear from people telling me about things they are growing and the techniques they utilise during the early growing season. Chilli Ninja.