Showing posts from January, 2016

Growing Peppers from Seeds

Here we are half way through the month of January... and my thoughts are already in far away August!

 Heirloom Italian bullshorn peppers

Why August? Well, January is prep time for sowing the fabulous pepper seeds that I just got in and August happens to be harvest time! 
Therefore, my thoughts drift to summer and what to do with all that bounty ... Pickled peppers, hot sauce, cowboy candy, chopped and frozen, dried and ground, my head is fairly spinning with ideas. 
Dried super hot peppers
Last year we de-hydrated a whole lot of peppers. They ranged from sweet and mild Alma Paprika peppers to super duper, stinkin' hot Bhut Jolokia aka Ghost Peppers.. and everything in between! We ground our own paprika, made our own pepper flakes, and ate loads of pepper filled salads, salsas, wraps and more.

Growing colourful, gorgeous, organic, heirloom hot peppers.

I have a love affair with growing edibles, just cannot help it! My heart tends to go pitter patter a wee bit faster whenever I see m…

January Garden Ramblings - Happy 2016!

Happy 2016, ya'll!

So looking forward to this great, new gardening year ahead, a fresh start with so much potential...

Is shaping up to be a crazy fun and busy year, with lots of changes, and big goings on ... most exciting of all, I get to plan a wedding! 

My  inspiration colours for this year... This pic from
My baby girl is getting married this summer, at my nursery! The pressure is really on, to have loads and loads of lovely colour, hanging baskets, roses, and flowers everywhere.

Her colour scheme is cream and silver with varying shades of purple, ranging from lilac to aubergine. Soft, faded dusty, kind of antique looking. This apple sure did not fall far from the tree, eh?

I'm really looking forward to all the planting and fussing, but a bit worried about the prospect of another dry and hot summer ahead and how to keep things looking fine while being water conscious.

Lots of basket workshops this year... or have your own fun DIY party with 5 to to 11 o…