The Chilli Challenge August Update

In the interests of continuity I always look back on the previous month’s update before I start to write this post.  What’s changed since last month?  I can’t lie; not a lot. Flicking through the pictures I took a couple of days ago it becomes all too obvious that as far as the chillies are concerned we’re at a standstill.  Yes, there are quite a few cayenne peppers but with the number of plants under cultivation I expected to be picking basketfuls by now.  Frustrating when we’ve got lots of things we want to be using them for.

Cayenne Peppers

Kung Pao Chilli

The Greenhouse

Scotch Bonnet

Ancho and Aji Limon Chillies

Cayenne Chillies

The photographs really tell the story, the light, not so bright and the leaves fading and a bit ragged as we move into September.  What we did do last weekend was to move all the plants in pots back into the greenhouse in preparation for cooler night time temperatures.  A bit more of an undertaking than we realised with four, metre and a half gravel trays. Removing the gravel, washing them down, putting them in the green house replacing the gravel and so on.  We then set up an irrigation system to keep them watered and will continue with the feed.

The photographs show from top to bottom.

  • Cayenne
  • Kung Pao
  • Hugarian Hot Wax and Padron
  • Scotch Bonnet
  • Poblano and Aji Limon
  • Cayenne

And so it goes on!

 

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4 Responses to “The Chilli Challenge August Update”

  1. Mark Willis August 31, 2014 @ 9:21 am (#)

    Well, your chillis look pretty good to me! If you have managed to get ANY to ripen this August, you have done well. The weather has not been the sort of weather chillis enjoy.

    • Victoria Wildman replied: — August 31st, 2014 @ 9:25 am

      Thank you Mark. From you that’s high praise. Just frustrating as I thought I’d be on to the cooking and preserving bit by now.  Perhaps we’re a little too impatient.

  2. Alexandra Campbell November 9, 2014 @ 10:46 am (#)

    This is the first year I’ve grown chillies, and what has really surprised me is that homegrown chillies really do make a dish taste fresher and better. They’re so small that I thought it wouldn’t make much difference to the flavour of a dish, and only grew them because a friend gave them to me. But I’m now a chilli convert and am not looking forward to buying them at supermarkets again.

  3. Silvia @ Ribas with Love July 10, 2015 @ 12:19 pm (#)

    What beautiful pictures Victoria! Gorgeous garden and very healthy looking peppers.  I have a small garden as well and it’s one of my favorite things to do, so therapeutic.  i will be saving your site to read a few posts I found interesting and think it will help me with my own garden.  Keep up the beautiful work! xoxo

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