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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Chilli Update and new plants!

Time for the latest on my plants! They've had a dilute feed of 'Chilli Focus' and now live in the conservatory for most of the day. It's not warm enough for them to stay in there permanently yet, so they have a little routine - under the lights in the spare room from 7am until the conservatory warms up by about 10am, then they go back under the lights for a few hours in the evening once they've been returned to the side room at about 5pm.

It's a bit of a faff, but I'm sure it'll all be worth it when I take my first bite out of the crop!!

I've also decided to plants some other bits and pieces now that I've been well and truly bitten by the growing bug; first there's the 'Tumbling Toms'- a tomato that's grown in hanging baskets and pots due to it's growing habit and has a wonderful shape:

I've plated enough for a few baskets so they can be given away to family.

Also, I decided to grow some cucumbers. I've chosen the 'Bush Champion' variety:

....not because it's a rude name, though it is rather funny, but because they have a compact habit and produce many fruits whilst living quite hapilly in pots.

So it's 'all grow' here!
::groan:: sorry about that.


Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Prop Off!

A quick update on my plants - today found me switching off the propagator! They'll be staying under the artificial light for now, but I'll be gradually introducing them to the sun for an hour or two a day until they are ready to move to their permanent home.

I did have a bit of a situation yesterday when they suddenly went all limp! I gave them a good drenching and they are as right as rain today... hence my decision to switch off the propagator now. The heat is drying them out, especially as they are taking in water far more now than they did when they were seedlings.

I am always amazed by how well these plants bounce back after something like this, they really are quite hardy; They can be practically lying on their side and all shrivelled up - but with a good drenching and a few hours recuperation, they'll be standing tall and proud again. Now that's my kind of plant... ;-)

Kat :-) xx

Thursday, 4 March 2010

I'm 29 tomorrow.....

Wherever did those years go.
I remember it as clear as a bell; on my 18th birthday, my father said to me: "Just wait till you hit twenty one - they'll fly by then...."
I laughed; I had no concept of how it feels when time seems to go so much quicker because you have less of it....

But there you go - you can't stop it, you just have to enjoy the ride!

I'm off out for a meal with my brother and sister, I'm not sure where yet; it'll be nice though, whatever we end up doing. The evening will be spent cuddled up on the sofa with a bottle of something nice and a good film or a few episodes of Scrubs or 'Black Books' -Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey & Tamsin Greig have to be the funniest mix ever!

I strongly urge anyone who hasn't see it to get a copy - you'll laugh your socks off, I promise you.

This will be my first birthday for a long time as a non smoker - I haven't touched a cigarette since Halloween last year.... over 4 months now, I must confess to being more than a little pleased with myself!


I'm surprised at how much healthier I don't feel though; I expected to have so much more energy, I guess maybe I wasn't so unhealthy in the first place! Though giving up does still have it's advantages - everything smells nice in the house, I don't have to go ouside if it's raining just to get a crappy fix and it is rather nice to kiss someone without worrying about how I taste...

...I leave that to the garlic now ;-)
So - 29, feeling fine, happy with my lot, that's for sure. Looking forward to many more healthy and happy birthdays!! I'm off out for a run. Bye! x