There's something about chillies that makes growing far more than I could ever need completely irresistible. All the family get a bag full each year, as do several friends. If there's still a surplus, they go into box with a 'Help yourself' notice and get dumped in the village pub.
For 2013, I decided I wouldn't grow any, but withdrawal symptoms were soon apparent and, yet again, I'm displaying a complete lack of willpower! Giving up smoking 7 years ago was a breeze in comparison!
Rummaging through my seed stock, I found I had the seed of 6 varieties to choose from. In the end I settled on the following:
'Firecracker' - a seriously hot chilli from Assam that I grew in 2010 and 2011. They need a long growing season to turn red (around 9 months), but are delicious when green. One of the very best as far as I'm concerned.
'Inferno' - I grew these in 2010 with some success and wished I'd grown more. They produce a very large, medium to hot fruit which turns from green through orange to red. They are great stuffed with cream cheese or make a great addition to a summer BBQ when cooked.
'Stumpy' - a small compact pot plant producing a mass of fairly hot upright pointing red fruits in July/August from a Jan/Feb sowing. Very attractive, suitable for the window sill and easy to grow.
I've sown 6 seeds of each so far. They're now in a heated propagator at a soil temperature of between 21° and 23°C. Germination should take between 1 and 4 weeks depending on the variety.
The only other job that I managed was to water all the raised beds that are earmarked for onions with dilute Armillatox in an effort to kill off any rot-causing nasties that may lurking in the soil. The original publicity for Armillatox stated that it was effectyive against White Rot, which is hard to believe. Time will tell!