Sunday, 4 October 2009


I've waited such a long time for my peppers to ripen, and at last they are doing so. I have some yellow ones, and lots of green ones which are still on the plant, but showing signs of turning yellow too. They should ripen before the really bad weather sets in.

Speaking of bad weather, yesterday was so blustery that lots of my containers in the garden were blown over, and the bird table was too. We had a little drizzle on Friday, but haven't had a downpour for weeks now. I'm still having to water the containers in the garden regularly.

Most of the bedding plants have now died back so this week I will be having another tidy up in the garden and emptying all the annual containers. My winter hanging baskets have usually been planted up at this time of year, but I haven't even bought the plants for them yet. I think this will be another job for the coming week.

I'm experimenting this year by trying to grow some new potatoes for Christmas dinner. I held back a few Kestrel tubers which I bought at the start of the season, and kept them in the salad drawer of the fridge. These are a first or second early potato, depending on which supplier you take notice of as they're described as both. I've planted them in a container and they're growing already. I'm watching for frosts as the container will have to be moved into the greenhouse at this point. I've never done this before so I'll let you know how I get on. Nothing ventured nothing gained.


  1. My mum is growing new potatoes for Christmas dinner in her greenhouse this year....her greenhouse is on soil so they will be planted into the ground not in containers....experiment for us as well as we haven't done this before!!

  2. I am away at the moment but picked my peppers before leaving home just in case there was a very cold spell - unlikely but I played safe :) Some of them came with me and went into a very tasty pasta sauce. Good luck with the Christmas spuds - wll be interested to hear how this experiment goes.

  3. Good luck with your potatoes! As for the peppers, they look so good. I didn't have much luck with them in my garden.

  4. Let me know how your mum gets on with her potatoes, Tanya. It will be interesting to see if we get any to harvest.

    I think you did the right thing picking your peppers before you went away, Anna. It would have been so disappointing to return home to find them ruined.

    I had a few problems with my peppers too at the start of the season, Tatyana. They came good in the end though.

  5. These peppers look brilliant - I had a good crop of hot peppers but not sweet ones. I hope they taste as good as they look! :-)

  6. Your peppers look delicious Jo, and good luck with your Christmas potatoes!

    Jeanne x

  7. I haven't grown hot peppers this year, Liz. I don't usually use them in cooking so didn't bother. The sweet peppers are very tasty though.

    Thanks, Jeanne. The Christmas potatoes are looking good, but I can't see what's going on below the soil. Only time will tell.


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