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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.