Sunday, January 16, 2011

Seed order in!!

I like to grow something new every year. This year it's:

  • Limnanthes douglasii - the poached egg plant, introduced by David Douglas in 1827. Long-standing readers of this blog will understand my David Douglas obsession. For the rest of you, start in 2008. The David Douglas film documentary is almost ready for release; keep watching this space.
  • Sorrel
  • Parsnips - in truth, I've grown Parsnips before but they're a pain in the parsnip. Slow to germinate, seeds only last one year, prone to canker, don't like 'em that much. But there is an enthusiasm for hearty soups, containing.....you've guessed it.
  • Celery (see parsnips)
  • Chilli - anxious not to repeat the great Chilli Oil disaster I'm trying some chillies intended for drying
  • Night-scented Stoics (very hardy)

2 comments:

Carolyn said...

You can add your dried chillies to oil to make chilli oil. I did read somewhere that you shouldn't add raw chillies to oil as nasty bacteria can grow - and it can ferment, as you discovered!

Green Lane Allotments said...

Once you have planted some poached egg plants you'll never be without. We started with six and now have a thick lawn under the roses on the plot that can be seen from an aerial photo. See if you can spot them in the last photo on this page <a href="http://glallotments.co.uk/site.aspx>here</a> The clue is they are in the bottom right quadrant near the path!