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A guide to germinating and growing chillies

September 14, 2017

Ever wanted to grow your own chillies but thought the task is too much for you? Don’t
worry! We’ve got you covered

If you have a bit of a green thumb and a pallet that favours hotter foods, growing chillies might be for you.

Despite popular belief you can easily germinate chilli seeds and grow a chilli plant at home, and it isn’t that difficult to do. Here we’re going to give you a brief guide to growing your very own chillies. You’ll be able to spice up your life in no time.

Ornamental Chilli Medusa

Ornamental Chilli Medusa

Germinating

Most people choose to immediately plant their chilli seeds into their compost. And whilst this is fine, there are a couple of things you can do before hand to help.

One such way is to soak your chilli seeds in warm water over night.

Alternatively you could place your seeds in-between two pieces of damp kitchen roll and then into a sealed container. Place this container somewhere warm and at a constant temperature. This should help speed up the germination process.

Chilli Ancho San Luis

Chilli Ancho San Luis sweet flavoured medium heat level

Planting the seeds

The compost you use doesn’t have to be anything special – multipurpose will do the trick just fine, seed compost is better especially if you sow a lot of seeds. Try and evenly space the seeds and check them once a day. Remember, you’re trying to keep the soil from getting dry.

The key to a solid growth is to keep the temperature constant. I recommend germinating the seeds in a heated propagator and for the hot chillies a thermostatically controlled propagator.

How long will they take to germinate? Well, that depends on the plant, milder chillies are easier to germinate, hot chillies require more heat and time to germinate, it also depends on the area they’re germinated in, temperature, moisture and light, get it wrong and germination can be slow and % germinate can be low.  Aim for around 2-4 weeks for germination.

After germination

Once your chillies have to started to sprout they’re going to need light. Hopefully, on your windowsill they’ll get all the light they need. If however you don’t live in a particularly sunny area, you can purchase grow lights.

These offer the plants artificial lighting but beware! If the light is too hot it could end up damaging or even killing the seeds.

Bhut Jolokia seeds

Bhut Jolokia the Ghost Chilli, one of the worlds hottest peppers

Re-potting

As your chilli plants start to grow you may have to consider re-potting them. When removing the plants be careful not to damage any roots or seeds. Take your time. One damaged root could see the end of your beloved chilli!

Re-potting can be quite a tricky thing to do. If you put the plant in something too big, it’ll focus on growing the roots, rather than the stem. Try and re-pot when you’re seeing roots appear at the drainage holes in the bottom.

When is it ready?

When you start to see flowers appear on your plant it’s almost time for the chillies. The flowers will need pollinating. If you haven’t move the plants outside at any point, then don’t worry. You can pollinate them yourself in the greenhouse or indoors. Take a cotton bud and rub around inside each flower head. This will loosen the pollen the way a bee would.

You will eventually see the flowers drop off. Don’t panic, this just means your chillies are on the way.

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T hotter than the Bhut Jolokia!

Things to remember –

  • It’s best to plant your seeds early in the year around January or February
  • It is best to germinate chilli seeds in a heated propagator and grow them on in a greenhouse
  • Chillies are usually grown as annuals in the UK. However, they are classified as ‘tender perennials’ meaning that you may be able to get a few seasons out of one plant
  • As your chillies start to sprout you may want to move them outside if you  don’t have a greenhouse. If you do want to do this, ease them in. Take them out for a few hours a day so that they can ‘harden up’ to the  elements
  • Don’t put them outside when it’s still frosty! This will quickly put an end to your chillies.
  • As with any plant, the early stage of growth leaves them open to disease

Good luck and enjoy your chillies!

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

 

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Growing Vegetables A beginners guide

September 14, 2017

Sick of paying supermarket prices for your greens? Then why not sow vegetable seeds and start your own vegetable patch!

Not only is growing your own little vegetable haven a great thing to keep you occupied but it can save you money too. Those tomatoes you need to cook your favourite meal? No need to go and fork out lots of money at the supermarket, just head to your garden!

For many though, the prospect of starting a veg patch can be a little daunting. That’s why we’ve put together a little beginner’s guide to creating your own vegetable plot, sowing vegetables seeds is easy and fun even if you only have a small veg plot. We hope you find it useful! What would you like to grow? Before you do anything you need to decide what it is you would like to grow. As a beginner I recommend you start small. Putting too much on your plate means that you’re going to be overwhelmed with trying to manage and maintain everything in your plot.

Remember that things like tomatoes and peppers will continue to provide throughout the season. Things like carrots and corn however will only produce once, so you may need to plant more of these.

A favourite is baby leaf vegetable seeds where you can sow the salad leaf mixtures found on the supermarket shelves, make your own mixtures up from some of the following or add your own, Lettuce, Corn Salad, Rocket, Cress, Radicchio, Pak Choi, Mizuna, Lambs Lettuce, Baby Spinach, Endive, Chervil, Mustard Greens, Dandelion

It’s all about what you and your family will eat. There’s no point planting peppers if nobody is going to eat them!

Do you have the room? Now you know exactly what it is you’re growing you can start to estimate the kind of space you’re going to need. You aren’t going to need a lot of space. Heck, you don’t even need a garden. You could grow veg in some containers on your balcony!

There are a few things that the vegetables do need to flourish though:

  • Plenty of sun. Less sun means that they might not produce as much food and they may be more susceptible to diseases.
  • Lots of water. Like everything, your plants need water to grow. If you’re in a bit of a dry spell, make sure that you give them plenty.
  • Quality soil. Regardless of what you’re growing quality soil is a must. The majority of veg perform well in rich well drained soil.

Test the soil So, how do you test if your soil is up to the challenge? Well soak the soil with a hose and then leave it over night. The next morning head out into the garden grab a handful and squeeze. If water is streaming out then you’re going to want to add compost to help improve the drain.

If the soil hasn’t congealed in your hand then it may be too sandy. Adding organic matter will help this.

Now you’re soil is ready, plant your vegetable seeds!

Keep the weeds at bay Unsurprisingly, weeds are as unwelcome in the veg patch as they would be anywhere else in the garden. These pests compete with your veg for sun, water and nutrients. Once a week head out to your patch and pull out all the weeds you can.

You should also look into veg fertilizers to make the most of your crop.

Patience and proper care should mean that your veg yield plenty for you and the family!

Good luck!

Cucumbers – grow your own

September 9, 2017

Cucumbers

There is no doubt about it, a salad just isn’t a salad without cucumber, whether sliced, diced or even lightly pickled in advance by a few hours in a nice French vinaigrette dressing. Most people are used to shop-bought cucumber have almost forgotten how fabulous a cucumber can taste when it is brought still warm from the sun and eaten with a touch of salt, some nice crumbly cheese and a piece of crusty bread. Cucumbers don’t need complicated preparation – slice, season and eat. Delicious.

 

Another thing that many people don’t know is how many different varieties of Vegetable Cucumber seeds there are and how amazingly easy they are to grow. If you plant just a few seeds of any type of cucumber, either a greenhouse variety such as Femspot or an outdoor sort (sometimes called ‘ridge’) such as Marketmore, you will soon become the most popular person in town, because you will have plenty to share with your friends and neighbours. Cucumber seeds grow into plants that are usually very heavy croppers and most varieties now are resistant to the moulds and mildews which used to be such a problem when growing this kind of very succulent vegetable.

 

Cucumbers are not just for salads of course. Children often love to just eat them like fruit and there are a couple of varieties which have this in mind. Crystal Lemon cucumbers are great fun for a lunchbox. They don’t grow very big and are round with yellow skins (hence the name) and the flesh is very sweet and juicy so you can eat them just like an apple. A mini-cucumber which has a more standard look is little Pony Cucumber, which fits fine in any packed lunch. Both of these cucumbers will happily grow outside in warmer areas or with a little protection if the climate is a little colder, so they are a perfect choice for a child to grow themselves and as we all know, all children eat their five a day far more readily if they have grown them themselves.

 

If you are into doing your own pickling, why not start from scratch and grow your own gherkins. This way, you can pick them really tiny or let them get a bit bigger and pickle them in brine. Polish dill pickles, ogórki kiszone, take only around 20 minutes to make (although the five week fermentation is a long time to wait if you really love them) and cost a fraction of what you would pay in a shop. Just one packet of seeds will give you enough fruits to put in pickles for the whole year and cost less than one jar.

Vegetable seeds and Flower seeds

December 20, 2016
Available from Nickys Nursery  the following interesting
varieties are listed as new for the coming season. Chilli seed varieties includes the world’s hottest
chilli pepper Trinidad Scorpion Butch T. Capsicum chinense, Originating from Trinidad this scorpion is the pure strain, it was tested at over 1,460,000 SHU, making it hotter than the Bhut Jolokia which is the hottest commercialy available from seed.
Chilli seeds over 200 varieties include
the Carolina Reaper, Naglah a capsicum chinense and is a cross between Bhut Jolokia and Douglah
measured at over 1,000,000 scoville heat units, Habanero Black Stinger a hot
chilli pepper with a unique short tail similar to the Trinidad Scorpion, Bhut
Jolokia is an old favourite along with
Trinidad Scorpion. Chilli Basket
of Fire a capsicum frutescens is a medium heat compact chilli ideal for growing
in hanging baskets or containers. Vegetable
seeds
include Aubergine Pot Black a baby vegetable with almost black fruits
and ideal for containers, fruits can be harvested young making them ideal for
baby veg. Brussels Sprout ‘Bitesize’ a unique hybrid baby veg Brussels sprout
with small dark green buttons that are approximately half the size of normal
sprouts. Tomato Peardrops this is a hybrid, high yielding trailing tomato with
a mounding habit. It produces golden yellow
peardrop shapes fruits that are sweet and delicious, ideal grown in hanging
baskets and containers. Tomato Tumbling Tiger is a compact trailing variety
that produces both red and green striped fruits, they are plum shaped. The
plants are ideal for hanging baskets and containers. Some of the many new flower seeds
that are being stocked this year include the cut flower Lisianthus or also
known as Texas Bluebell Arena series in Baby Pink, Blue Flash, Blue Picotee, Champagne, Red and Rose. These varieties
have been selected for their high quality double flowers and strong tall stems.
Lisianthus Vulcan series in Blue Picotee, Deep Violet, Pink Picotee and White. New varieties are added to their online
catalogue throughout the year.

Tomato Firecracker

October 24, 2016

Tomato seeds

 

Trailing Tomato Firecracker

Trailing tomato ideal for hanging baskets, containers, patio and window boxes, showy, elongated red-orange fruits with golden yellow stripes. Fruits weigh approximately 35g and have a good flavour, 7% Brix rating, 63 days.

 

Tomato Firecracker 10 seeds

 

Chilli seeds

October 4, 2016

Sow seeds early as some hot peppers can take 120+ days from transplanting to fruiting. Temp should be maintained at the indicated temp 25-30°C chilli seeds will germinate at 25C but will take longer 30C+ is the preferred temp for hot chillies Jolokia, Morich, Tepin and Habanero chillies they can also be slow and erratic to emerge

Chilli Trinidad Genghis Khan Brain

Capsicum chinense
Extremely hot rare chilli ripening from green to red, pimply skin, fruity tones and rivals the heat of many superhots, believed to be a Trinidad Scorpion cross.

Peppers Chilli Trinidad 7 Pot Katie 10 seeds

Chilli Trinidad 7 Pot Katie

Capsicum chinense
A Trinidad 7 pot / Naga cross, bred in the UK and coming in at over 1,500,000 SHU. Large pods ripen from green to dark red with a fruity flavour.

Peppers Chilli Trinidad Genghis Khan Brain 10 seeds

Chilli Trinidad Apocalypse Scorpion

C chinense
Fruity tones and rivals the heat of many superhots this chilli was developed by the Italian growing Organisation AIASP. Wrinkled skins and various shaped fruits ripen to bright red in colour.

Peppers Chilli Trinidad Apocalypse Scorpion 10 seeds

Chilli Trinidad Sepia Serpent

Capsicum chinense
A Butch T x Douglah, chocolate brown in colour and occasionally a little red in the brown. A sweet earthy flavour and heat level is extremely hot, very large pods with rough pimply skin, plants produce different shaped pods similar to other chocolate varieties.

Peppers Chilli Trinidad Sepia Serpent 10 seeds

Chilli Trinidad 7 Pot Chocolate Brain Strain

Capsicum chinense
Very hot Brainstrain chilli, Pods ripen from light green to Brown and have a fruity earthy flavour.

Peppers Chilli Trinidad 7 Pot Chocolate Brain Strain 10 seeds

 

Grow your vegetables from seed

September 25, 2016

Vegetable seeds grow your own Vegetables, oriental veg, baby veg, patio container veg, cut and come again, heirloom, Italian range, tomato, pepper, beans, peas, salad and root vegetables. Nothing can compare to harvesting your own vegetables full of freshness and flavour straight from the garden. No matter what the size of your vegetable garden, from containers on the patio to planting vegetables in your flower border or growing vegetables on an allotment.  It’s simple, easy and nothing beats growing your own vegetables, children will enjoy sowing seeds, growing and eating their own home produce.

Vegetable Seeds

 

Heirloom Tomato seeds

September 11, 2016

We have many heirloom seed varieties in stock and over 190 tomato varieties to choose from, heirloom, plum, beefsteak, currant and tomato seeds for hanging basket varieties available from Nicky’s Tomato Seeds.

Tomato seeds Black pear
Unusual Heirloom miniature pear shaped tomato, producing an abundance of mahogany brown to black fruits approximately 170 gram with green shoulders, full of flavour with a rich sweet taste. Ideal for salads or for a tomato sauce. Black Russian tomato of Siberian origin (similar to Japanese Black Trifele). Easy to grow tomato seeds. Indeterminate 80 days
Tomato Black Pear 10 seeds

Tomato seeds Abraham Lincoln
The original strain of Heirloom tomato Abraham Lincoln. Dark red extra large meaty fruits up to 500g. Crack resistant variety. Excellent flavour for sauces, tomato ketchup, slicing in salads and sandwiches. 87 days Indeterminate.

Tomato seeds Druzba
Mini Beefsteak heirloom variety originating from Bulgaria. Superb flavoured pure red tomato up to 10cm across that is excellent in sandwiches and salads. Indeterminate (cordon) 80 days. Grow your own tomato plants from seeds.

Tomato Gigantomo seeds

September 9, 2016

Currently the largest beefsteak tomato available, it has the flavour of the heritage varieties but with the vigour and disease resistance of modern tomatoes. Productive disease resistant hybrid plants, fruits weigh up to 3lbs up to 11 fruits per plant. Just one fruit can feed a family. Recommended to be staked and grown in a greenhouse although they will grow in a sheltered spot outdoors. Indeterminate (cordon) Buy tomato Gigantomo seeds

Tomato Gigantomo 10 seeds

Tomato Seeds

Heirloom Tomato Cherry Mix

September 9, 2016

Tomato Heirloom Cherry Mixed

A gourmet mixture of heirloom sweet cherry tomatoes in one seed packet, great for snacking or adding colour and sweetness to a salad, the packet contains some of the following colours creamy white, gold, orange, yellow, green, red and some bicolours. 65 days indeterminate (cordon). Tomato seeds.

Tomato Heirloom Cherry Mix 20 seeds

Tomato Seeds


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