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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Looking after your Chilli plants in British Weather

Hows your home grown chilli season going this year? With the wonderful British weather I have decided to try a few different methods to this year to help my chili plants grow. Here are a few useful 'how to tips' to give you a good chance of a more successful cop this year. 

If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse you will need to ensure it is ventilate and dampened down to ensure the perfect conditions for your plants. Keep the chilli plants uniformly moist and apply a liquid feed too. The heat trapped in the greenhouse will greatly be appreciated by your little chilli plants.

If you’re planning to grow your chilli plants outside. for the best results, always select a sheltered, sunny spot with a well-drained but moisture-retentive and reasonably fertile soil. Or like me a god sunny position in a south facing garden in large pots like I have done for these two Hungarian Black chilli plants. To give them a helping hand with the sudden cold weather again I have fashioned a couple of cloches to keep them warm and out of the wind.

Hungarian Black Chilli Plants
If you plan to put your chili plants direct into the ground, if you haven't yet, harden them off  before planting them outside by exposing them to the colder weather . Be ready to protect outdoor chillies with fleece or cloches in adverse weather conditions. 

You will find the chilli plants establish themselves more quickly if you cover your proposed planting site with cloches a few weeks beforehand to warm-up the ground. You chosen spot will again need to have plenty of exposure to the sun. Personally I have not had huge success in the ground with the poor British summers.

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Monday, 4 June 2012

Birds like Chilli - Squirrels don't. How to protect your wild bird seed.

If you end up with some weird chillis at the end of your season you are not planning on eating then why not use them to protect your wild bird seed in the garden from the ever resourceful cheeky squirrel!

Set your discarded chillis our in the sun or in a warm ventilated place in your house such as by your boiler to dry them out. Once dried you can grind them down using a pestle and mortar or, I use a coffee grinder. Take care though as even if you are a seasoned consumer of all things chili the dust created by the process can irritate your eyes and also educe coughing fits. be sure to wash your hands when you are done to, removing any last dust. Make sure you store the chilli dust in a sealed container.

When ever you feed your bird population in your garden now sprinkle over a little of the chilli powder, the birds don't mind the heat but the squirrels don't like it and will end up finding a new source of food to seal instead.

Good luck

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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Check out @wahaca Southbank experiment this Summer

This July Wahaca are conducting what they are calling the 'Southbank Experiment'. It’ll be like no Wahaca you’ve ever seen, built from eight recycled shipping containers and serving a more experimental menu, which they hope to test on you the lucky member of public! 

As London welcomes the world this summer, Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World will include inspirational projects from the UK and around the world, which showcase the power of the arts to change the lives of individuals, communities and whole societies.
The festival opens on 1 June 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend, and closes on 9 September 2012. 

As well as the star of the show begin Mexican food, the whole of the Southbank Centre site will be transformed with art installations including a giant ‘robot’ sculpture; a colossal baobab tree made from fabric; ‘Rainbow Park’, a multi-coloured beach; and an exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall of the thinkers, artists and communities who have inspired and contributed to the Festival.

This all sounds well worth a visit to me if you are around London town to pick up some Mexican and chilli snacks. 

Don't forget to check out the blog to keep up with all the Wahaca news too!

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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Daves Gourmet 12 pack: What will you bring to a BBQ this Summer?

Most people you expect to bring meat and beer but how many people bring sauce, you will be the star of the show if you turn up with this little beauty from Dave. You will please all with this pack with hot sauces from mild to extreme the chilli heads will be happy and so will anyone else to.

Dave's Mini 12 Pack

The 12 pack contains lots of awesome sauces from Costa Rica:

Dave's Rowdy Red Chile Hot Sauce
Dave's Hysterical Habanero Hot Sauce
Dave's Dave's Chilli 'n' Chipotle Hot Sauce
Dave's Hurtin' Jalapeno Hot Sauce
Dave's Cool Cayenne Pepper Sauce
Dave's Jammin' Jerk Sauce & Marinade
Dave's Ginger Peach Hot Sauce
Dave's Roasted Garlic Hot Sauce
Dave's Roasted Red Pepper Chipotle Hot Sauce
Dave's Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce
Dave's Crazy Caribbean Hot Sauce

Pick up a Dave's Mini 12 Pack from Scorchio by clicking here and liven up your next BBQ

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