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Growing chilli plants from seeds on an apartment balcony
It's been almost a year since I've moved to my new apartment and in that time the winter months came and my previous chilli plants did not really survive the cold. I decided to take a different approach to how I grew this year's batch of Moruga Scorpions and various colours of Habanero chillies.
A new garden bed for the chillies
Spring is coming so it is time to think about planting new chillies. Since my apartment doesn't have any more space for new plants, I decided to build a garden bed at my parents' house. With a bit of recycled wood and some new soil, the chilli seeds are ready for planting.
Sweet flavoured Chilli Paste with a kick of Habaneros
My habanero plant finally had enough chillies on it to make something with, so I decided to pick the entire bunch and cook it up into a nice sweet, yet at the same time hot chilli paste. This didn't come out too overpowering on the heat and at first taste really does come across quite sweet due to the capsicum I've used. I like it.
Parametric planter box for my chillies, taking an OpenSCAD model to a reality
So I've been thinking, "how can I totally geek up my chillies" and it hit me, why not create a planter box model in OpenSCAD, make it parametric so that I can play around with different sizes of the wood palings and then actually go an make it? Well not really, but I did do all that. The real reason was to have an easy-to-move planter box, but given its weight with the soil and plants, it is now going to be more or less a permanent fixture on my balcony.
Scorpion Butch Trinidad and Moruga chilli planting
Continuing my chilli growing obsession, I've got my hands on some Scorpion Butch Trinidad and Moruga seeds to try and germinate and grow and I've just got the first success with a couple of sprouts coming through right around the New Year mark. A good present to start the new year!
Chilli harvest 2: Black Pearls and Orange Habaneros
It's been some time since the last chilli harvest from my pot plants and these chillies have been ready for a week or two so I've finally decided to pick them and grind them up. The chillies that I had this time were orange habaneros and black pearls. The black pearls turn red when they are ready.
Growing more chilli plants in pots
The previous lot of chillies I've grown got some kind of infection and started getting some strange growths on the stems, so I decided to throw them out and replant with a whole load of new ones.
Growing Jalapeño Fire Eater chillies in a high rise apartment
Since we moved to an inner city apartment and didn't have a backyard any more, the only way to grow plants was in pots, and what better plants to grow than chillies! I planted a couple of plants, but the one described here is the Jalapeño Fire Eater.

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