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Pepper fanatic

Postby Elmigo » Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:22 am

Each late winter, ever since I started growing, the windowsills are full of pepper seedlings and I'm always sowing more than the capacity of the growing space! First too early, then exactly on time, and once more too late. Just to make sure I don't miss the season :lol: There are still peppers in the freezer remaining from last year, even after giving away!

I'm no longer using sowing trays either as I have too little trays for all the peppers and like to use them for other crops too. So I'm saving plastic from food packaging to germinate pepper seeds in, it works perfect!

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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Primrose » Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:33 am

I haven't started any peppers off yet but you've reminded me to get moving soon as they germinate very slowly.

I too use these plastic food punnets and find them ideal for seed sowing. A tiny hole pierced in the base if necessary ensures drainage if over watered. It's sensible to accumulate a good supply now as here in the UK supermarkets are gradually moving over to cardboard containers to reduce plastic waste or being encouraged to sell more vegetables loose.
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Colin2016 » Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:38 am

"UK supermarkets are gradually moving over to cardboard containers"

Not much sign of this happening in my supermarket yet, how ever could they still be used though maybe planted straight into the ground as loo roll centres are?
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Primrose » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:06 am

Our local Sainsbury's now pack their tomatoes in cardboard trays while the local Waitrose still uses plastic ones. If you use cardboard cartons you might have to do a damp test first to see how quickly the base dissolves during the germination and seedling process. I think its composition would have to be more resilient than loo roll material to prevent disintegration fromthe juice of rotten tomatoes in transit etc.
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Elmigo » Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:43 pm

May be a good thing to start with the peppers soon. Don't rush, I've always been way too early with pepper sowing. I can never really wait
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Colin2016 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:12 pm

Sainbury's are trying but have along way to go yet.
Shopping there last year thought great they are ditching plastic bags, so was expecting to see paper one. Nope only for mushrooms alternative was to spend 35p on a netting type reusable bag.

None of the supermarkets seem to grasp the issue on plastic.
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Elmigo » Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:51 pm

Supermarkets here still sell some fruits and vegetables completely wrapped in plastic. It's not like the fruit has a peel to protect it from outside dangers :lol:

The red and yellow bells are also sprouting now, together with the cayennes that appear to be a bit slower aswell...

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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Primrose » Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:08 pm

Elmigo, thwt looks like any awful lot of peppers!
Where are you going to be growing them all, or are some for giving away?. I usually start mine off in individual 3" pots, two seeds to a pot as if i mass sow in a tray I find I always end up with too many plants and can,t bring myself to throw away surplus ones if i can't give them away.
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Elmigo » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:26 pm

There is always someone who wants a little present. And there is always space, I thought my balcony was full a lot of times! You can't really sow too much, right?
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Westi » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:19 pm

Well 'No' actually Emigo!

Don't grow too many courgettes (zucchini) - the gift that just keeps giving overwhelms us & everyone else we try to share with eventually, although grateful when first received! They truly do just keep coming & coming until the weather finally defeats them! If you attempt more than 2 plants (I go for one yellow & 1 green & get too many by far), you will be overwhelmed & will need to get another freezer & will deffo get bored senseless trying to find 101 things to do with them!
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Primrose » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:29 pm

i. echo Westi's advice and in a small growing space you really want a variety of seasonal crops. On open ground they spread far and wide and shade out other crops too. .
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Elmigo » Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:38 pm

Good to know about the zucchini, because I would have planted four, five, six... Now I know not to!
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Colin2016 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:44 am

"First too early, then exactly on time, and once more too late"

I too am like you grow far too many for my needs then end up giving them away, also cannot bear to get rid of that spindly looking plant that's the challenging one.
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Westi » Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:43 pm

I'm with you there Colin! I like to think of it as my nurturing nature so do try to limp the spindly ones along, (although generally sow again to hedge my bets) & that is the dilemma - sometimes the spindly guys just sit & wait & after a while decide to do what nature intended then I have plant overload which I so planned not to! The courgettes are not included in this - I can squeeze in an extra polite neat plant but not another courgette. Luckily I can just put the extra pot or tray on the table outside the lottie shop & someone else is grateful.
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Re: Pepper fanatic

Postby Primrose » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:01 pm

Elmigo, two plants of whatever courgette variety will be more then enough for a household of 2 people. Just keep picking them small and enjoy them at their best. The tiny ones are delicious raw in salads. Even so, I'll bet you'll still end up with n overlooked one somewhere hidden under a leaf which will have developed into a mini marrow!
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