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Cool chillies and a new direction.....

Posted by sykponics on September 22, 2016 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (45)

Spring has definitely sprung into action around the garden the past week with flowers and fruit everywhere. The mystery chilli seeds Jessy brought home from his mexican day have started sprouting, the first of the Jalepeno seeds I planted have also started to sprout, and most exciting of all I have had 2 of the 4 Ultra White Bhut Jolokia seed come up as well. Earlier this week I managed to get some soil to transplant the Bishop Crown and Razzamatazz seedlings, and are all showing signs of new growth.

I also recieved my first batch of seeds from Neil and Charlotte at The Hippy Seed Company in the mail today and I already have Jiffy pots soaking while I write this. This delivery has some great seeds and arrived well packed, and they even sent me a code for 10% off my next order! Super stoked so thank you so much guys. The seeds I ordered this time are -

 

  • Aji Pineapple - A sweet mild chilli with the flavour of a pineapple.
  • Sugar Rush Peach - Another mild sweet chilli with a nice peach colour when ripe.
  • Purple Thai - A pretty little ornamental chilli that produces purple flowers, as well as purple pods that turn red when ripe.
  • Explosive Ember - Another ornamental that produces purple pods that turn red when ripe and slightly hotter than Purple Thai.
  • Peter Penis Pepper - This one I got just because the pods look like little red penises, medium heat so great for cooking too.

 

Already have a list for my next order which leads me to my next point.....

After struggling to try and get my Aquaponics system started (mainly due to not having any money and no donations yet) I am putting it on the back burner. Yes I still want to do aquaponics but I just cannot afford to do it yet, so I have decided I am going to try and raise funds by selling plants that I propagate and grow. By doing this I hope that eventualy I will be able to generate enough savings to buy the rest of the equipment and supplies I need and one day be fully operational. Until that happens I will be focussing mainly on chillies and herbs, as these are something I know I can use, as well as these types of plants seem to be my niche when it comes to growing.

So even though I am not going to be getting into aquaponics as soon as I would like, I do plan on continuing to strive for my goal and have fun growing some great rare chillies and some awesome fresh organic herbs that I will be able to sell and make some money to buy my dream.

That's about it for now......

Have an awesome day and remember,

Share Your Knowledge, Then we all grow!

Thanks again to Neil and Charlotte from The Hippy Seed Company


The Reaper Cometh....

Posted by sykponics on September 17, 2016 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

So, it's been a busy few days since I posted my last update and I have been planting, transplanting and getting some new information on growing chillies in an aquaponics system. As well as that my first few Grosse Lisse tomatoes are now bearing fruit as well as my first 2 pods on my California Reaper Chilli started growing.

 

Before I begin I am urging anyone who can afford it to donate to my project. I am having trouble getting parts for the build and need materials to keep going. All donations go straight into getting this project up and running,and as always are greatly appreciated.

 

As I said I got some great information about growing chillies soil free from Neil at The Hippy Seed Company ( find them at http://thehippyseedcompany.com ), an Australian based nursery who is specialised in chillies, chilli seeds and chilli products. Neil said that all chillies should be able to grow in an aquaponics or hydroponics system with very little difficulty as long as the roots were not fully immersed. He even grows his clones using aeroponics. Even though I plan on growing outdoors he even suggested lighting if I considered growing indoors. Have to say a huge big thank you to Neil at The Hippy Seed Company fo his time and help.

 

Seeds have been getting collected and have added a few more Marigold seeds to the point where I know I have too many (LOLz!), a couple more firecracker seeds, some strawberry seeds and the first of my Lollo Rosso seeds started releasing so I have been collecting them as well. I have planted 4 of the Ultra White Ghost Chilli seeds (fingers crossed), 15 Firecracker and 15 Jalapeno seeds, as well as a pumpkin and some more Cherry Belle Radish. All out of seed raising mix at the moment so waiting on money to get more seeds in the dirt.

 

Cuttings continue to be a little hit and miss especially with the Egyptian Mint and Pineapple Mint cuttings from the past few weeks shrivelling despite all others doing well. I have Rosemary, Apple Mint, Lemon Balm and a few sprigs of Chocolate mint ready for transplanting so will be looking at them in a few days. Also ready for transplant is about 15 Bishop Crown and 13 Razzamatazz Chillies so will also have to find some money to get a potting mix to try and plant them out. I have also planted out the Water Chestnuts to a larger tub, not as big as I would have liked but it was what I had to work with. Hoping they grow nice and healthy and looking forward to having a few in Josephine's awesome stir-frys.

That's about it for now......

Have an awesome day and remember,

Share Your Knowledge, Then we all grow!

The reapers are coming.......


I think I saw a ghost......

Posted by sykponics on September 13, 2016 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

YES!! Finally!!

After waiting a whole week and 5 days (Yes, I was counting lolz!) I received an envelope in the mail. Of course I knew what it contained, my ULTRA WHITE BHUT JOLOKIA SEEDS!! Needless to say I have already got a few in the dirt,

Now we wait.......

Have an awesome day and Share Your Knowledge!

PS, extra bonus is I thought I was only getting 10, and there was 12 in there. Looking forward to seeing them all grow.


A busy little day.

Posted by sykponics on September 11, 2016 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

G'day everyone!

Been playing in the dirt most of today and as always hoping my efforts are fruitful (LOLz!). So what did I accomplish......

Well I sarted by potting some newly rooted cuttings of Lemon Balm and Apple Mint. Sown seeds of an as yet unclassified chilli (My son brought me some seeds from chillies used in cooking for his mexican day), some Cherry Belle Radish, a few more marigolds and a Pumpkin seed I have had sitting on the fridge for a few weeks. Also sorted the chilli seeds from the Jalapeno and Firecracker that I used in dinner Friday night.

On top of that water changes got done on all my guppy tanks as well as the goldfish tub, had a visit from the kids who kept the place lively and noisy for a few hours, and managed to get some other bits done around the place.

Over the next few days I should be getting my White Ghost Chilli seeds so the excitement is building for another variety to add to my collection, as well as strating the plan for my start up system. Have the pump and a tub sorted, but hoping I will be able to get the money for some irrigation hose and a few tubs to start off the initial build. If anyone can help with a few dollars, please donate using the paypal donation button.

I think that is about it for today, but will make sure I get in an update again in a few days.

Thanks everyone for your interest and support, have an awesome day and Share Your Knowledge!


Just a bit of an update.....

Posted by sykponics on September 10, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

It's been a few big days lately, family time with Father's Day, Jordan started her vlog (except it has been nearly a week since she asked to get on the camera) and trying to get the parts I need to start a basic aquaponics setup running.

I realise that my budget isn't going to let me build as quickly as I want, but I am planning on building a small system mainly using a trickle system for leafy greens, and incorporating a grow bed for trying different plants to see how they grow in this climate and in an aquaponics system. Looking reasonably to get up and going I would be looking at about another $150 to get the rest of the plumbing and grow media, as well as a few building materials.

I moved the plants around a little today, sorting them into their different categories being Vegetables, Chillies, Herbs and flowers, then the Mint collection got put on a pallet under the Lilly Pilly trees. Also started setting up the frame for the basis of the aquaponics build. It is going to need a bit of reinforcement and planning on trying to get some shadecloth over the top when I can afford it.

Added a few Photos to the site, showing the collection of established plants and a few seedlings so have a look on the 'Our Products' page (as well as my new black moor goldfish I got for Fathers Day).

Thanks everyone for your interest and support, have an awesome day and share your knowledge!


Growing pains

Posted by sykponics on August 27, 2016 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Had to have a laugh today....

 I had just finished planting a beautiful white begonia and some chocolate mint to the front garden, a work in progress as I am trying to pretty up the dull garden beds I have available to work  with. I decided to move some plants from the greenhouse to transplant and made my way happily to the shed. Now our back yard has only one gate, and I always try not to go through the house with plants.

 I opened the gate and the chickens bolted straight out like they do when they get the chance and went directly out the front. By the time I got out there (yes, chickens can be very fast runners lolz!) Chocko our brown hen was already scratching at the freshly planted bed. I picked her up and carried her back around the side of the house, past where I have all of my plants when she decided to flap her way out of my grasp, landing on 4 Bishop Hat chilli seedlings I had transplanted just yesterday sending both seedlings and soil flying everywhere.

I managed to find 3 of them, and quickly put them back in their pots, so I am hoping they are ok. The plus side is that the seeds I had planted last week included Bishop Hats, Razzamatazz and Birds Eye chillies that started to sprout today so there are still more to come.

RIP Lost seedling :(

Today, we take on the world!

Posted by sykponics on August 25, 2016 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

The website is born!

Still a little bit of work to do but ready for the world to see.


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