Chilli update and raspberry joy

On the last day of February I took a photograph of my overwintering Royal Black chillies, just to show how they are getting on. As you can see, they are producing beautiful mauve flowers, while the unripe black chillies are nice and fat and the fully ripe fire-engine red ones are harvestable and fiery. Not bad for a single stem, eh?

Of course the chillies are very small – about as big as the top joint of my little finger - so you need quite a few. They look beautiful in the house too, so you’ve got beauty, taste and productivity all in one.

In the greenhouse I have eight Royal Black chilli seedlings, most of which I will give away over the course of the year, and on the kitchen windowsill there are two more, which are insurance in case the greenhouse blows away or something. Two of these seedlings will come into the house again in October, to replace the ones that are currently there, so that they can be overwintered and produce chillies all through the cold winter months.

And when I got to the plot on Sunday, I was equally delighted to see that the raspberry canes we transplanted in November are putting out starfish-like leaves at ground level, which suggests they are happy with their new home, although we don’t expect them to be very productive this year.

Also, after being interviewed by 15 local radio stations about the publication of "Minding My Peas and Cucumbers", yesterday, I have entirely lost my voice!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Blogger Joanna said...

They do look sweet. We are going to try again with our chillis, ours are about 3ft and half the size of a little finger so still small. Giving them a tap on the branches seemed to get the flowers to set last year but only discovered that trick really late on in the year last year.

We are going to try broad beans this year but picked seeds that should mature quickly - well we hope. Our snow seems to be melting quite quickly now, so not long now.

March 8, 2011 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Plantaliscious said...

Sorry about your voice, though it was in a good cause! Good luck with the sales. Chilli looks impressive, I'm hoping for better results this year, last year I either grew plants with great fruit but not very many of them or lots of fruit but totally tasteless. Things can only get better...

March 9, 2011 at 4:29 AM  
Blogger Paul and Melanie said...

Those chilli's look great! We had a similar plant that we'd over-wintered for three years so it was almost like one of the family. Unfortunatly it didn't make it through this winter but rather wonderfully a bunch of baby seedlings have sprouted up in it's pot around their now dead parent plant... :)

March 9, 2011 at 5:55 AM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

The chilli plant really is very pretty. I will now have to check if my raspberries are showing signs of life although they were very happy and productive last year it's always nice to see them growing again.

Hope you soon re-gain your voice for a few more interviews!!

March 10, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna, I use a little paintbrush to move the pollen from one flower to the other - it really works! Waht's your last frost date in spring?

Plantilicious, they need late autumn sun to generate heat - from mid August I stand my plants on mirror tiles to reflect the sun back up into the plant from below - makes them much more piquant and fiery.

Paul and Melanie, three years? That's impressive: what variety was it?

Tanya, thank you, I am fully recovered now!

March 15, 2011 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Paul and Melanie said...

I'm afraid I have no idea on the variety... The label got lost ages ago. I keep better records now... lol ;)

March 24, 2011 at 6:15 AM  

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