Posts Tagged ‘Growing’

Fighting Mold, Part 2

March 23, 2009

Ok, it’s been a while, even since the liverwort extract arrived. I bought a 1 liter spraying bottle and mixed about 5 milliliter (however you may measure this) with 1 liter of water. Thereafter I sprayed the mixture onto the soil until everything got wet a little.  So, to get started, some images of the mold before I treated it with the extract

Mold 2Mold 1Mold 3

Quite disgusting, eh? Now it’s a week since I first used the liverwort extract, and it worked quite well. There are still some white spots, but nothing like the fur visible on the images above. If you’re courious about the patch of moss I planted, it’s slowly dying. I think it’s to dry inside here for it to grow. And if you’re curious abouth the progress of my plants: The NuMex Twilight have grown quite well within the last weeks, and even the Dorset Naga show some progress. So here are some new close-ups, as well as some fotos of the nearly mold free earth:

cured earth

Moldfree soil

Dorset Naga

A Dorset Naga Seedling

Numex Twilight

A Numex Twilight Seedling


Fighting mold, part 1

March 6, 2009

Within the last few days, I’ve recognized there’s growing some mold in my flower boxes. Abusing google a little I found out that this might be a result of to much watering, but found nothing about the mold being a thread to my seedlings. So since I’m no asthmetic, I might ignore it.

But afterall, I don’t like to. So I googled a little further and found out that moss, especially liverwort should help against mold. So I decided to give it a try and ordered some liverwort extract from So as soon as it arrives I’ll tell you about the effect in “Fighting mold, part 2”

For today, I just tried to plant a patch of moss from my garden into the NuMex Twilight box, just out of curiosity if it has some effect. Below are some fotos of the patch, the mold and the promised closeup of one of my NuMex Twilight seedling, wich contrary to my Dorset Naga seedling seem to develop really good. To boost the Dorset Naga growing a little, I’ve added some tomato fertilizer (this stuff really smells, but since I dug it that ain’t no problem 🙂 ), following the advice of some guy from the local garden center.

Patch of MossThe MoldCloseup NuMex Twilight

Green Hell / It’s been a long, cold winter

February 19, 2009

Green Hell

The topic sais it all, those tiny white points I’ve showed in my last post have finally grow up to some small plants. From those 10 seeds I’ve planted 8 finally have come to life (4 Dorset Naga and 4 NuMex Twilight, so afterall a fair distribution), which means a successrate of 80%, fair enough.

Green Hell I’ve turned the mini-greenhouse, so the big plants in the front (lower) row are the NuMex Twilight for now, the smaller plants in the back (upper) row are my infamous Dorset Naga, two of them still fighting to get free from those nasty seedcages.

Nice to observe how they turn their heads into the direction of the window.

However, they still don’t have any real roots and are kept in the hole by something that looks like dandelionseeds.

The second Image shows a little close-up from two of the plants. As above: Lower row NuMex Twilight, upper row Dorset Naga

Green Hell (closeup)

It’s been a long, cold winter

The february seemed rather cold to me this year, espacially compared to last year, so I took some data from a nearby weather station ( to plot some climate diagrams, comparing last years february with this years.

Below, you can see the mean temperature, as well as the minimum and maximum temperature plotted over the days. The red graph indicates last years february while the blue graph shows the current. As you (hopefully :p) can see, I wasn’t plain wrong, even though the difference is not as high as expected.

Since the day before yesterday we’ve got a largely blue sky instead of a cloudcover and occasional snowing. I hope my chilies enjoy the extra dose of sun. As far as I’m concerned, I certainly do.

Mean TemperatureMaximum TemperatureMinimum Temperature

P.S.: Credits for the topic titles go to Anathema and Metallica (yes I know “Green Hell” is a cover, but I’ve never heard the original song)


February 13, 2009

This morning I recognized some lifesigns from my NuMex Twilight seeds. More precisely a few seedlings emerged. Nothing yet from the Dorset Naga, but seeding is only 4 days ago anyway. The picture below shows two jiffies with seeds, where the white parts emerging from the seeds are the seedlings.NuMex Twilight Seedlings

Some more or less exciting news

February 2, 2009

Well, first of all, I’ve done some shopping last week and now am the proud owner of a mini-greenhouse, where my plants will live the first weeks of their life 🙂

Mini-GreenhouseI’ve also been thinking about buying a warmth-mat, but it would’ve been at least 20 Euros, so I hope my chilis will be fine with the place on the radiator.

Sadly there they are quite a bit beyond the window, so I think I’ll buy some pringles today and try to build some warmth channeling construction to lift the whole greenhouse a little and expose them a little more to the sun that way.

As you might it has room for ten seeds, so I’ll try 5 Dorset Naga and 5 Numex Twilight, even though I only plan to plant respectively three of each of them. But a little redundance can’t be a bad thing. I hope you pardon me for using this as a perfect transition to my second topic for today: My seeds arrived!

One package of NuMex Twilight, one package of Dorset Naga and the formerly mentioned growing instruction. Quite good to see is the warning in the upper right corner which says: “WARNING: These plants will produce extremely hot chillies. Always handle the fruit with care, especially if the skin is broken. Do not let children handle these chillies.”

p1030206Planning to seed them next monday (and I guess I’ll upload a foto or two that day). The growing manual sais emergence is to be expected after one up to three weeks, while I think it’s about two weeks for NuMex Twilight. Afterall, when the first plants emerge, I’ll keep you updated.