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An effective way to germinate seeds, a new grow-station, and a truckload of plants already growing. The Princess Pepper Project is currently rolling fine in both Berlin and Leipzig.

[youtube: shelves of chillies in my new DIY grow-station.

The Princess Pepper Project has been making some delightful progress since my last post. My fellow grower Onkel Hotti over in Leipzig and myself in Berlin have now got almost 140 plants of close to 60 varieties going that we’ll be planting out at Prinzessinnengärten, a communal garden in Berlin, in May 2014. Our goal are 100+ plants from 70+ varieties of chillies, and if things keep falling into place we’ll be there in a week or two. Continue reading


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Grow-Log & Guide: PLANT TO PLATE – how I use and preserve my harvest.

With their wide range of flavours and heat, chillies are exciting to use in cooking. And what’s even better, they are very easy to preserve so one single harvest might last all through the year.

[youtube: food-porn. Spicy greetings from my fiery kitchen.

The culinary uses of hot peppers are somewhat close to infinite. They can be made into food and products to enjoy right away or to store for later. Continue reading

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Grow-Log & Guide: HACKED FOR HIBERNATION – the end of the season

After another good month of harvesting, the end of the season has arrived. Time to rid the plants of their last pods and get them pruned for overwintering.

Overwintering preps & a rocking farewell to the 2013 growing season.

Nighttime temperatures are now coming increasingly close to the margin of 5 degrees Celsius which is about the lowest that most capsicum varieties will tolerate. So I’m now faced with the choice of letting my plants die out on the balcony or giving them a chance to survive indoors. Continue reading


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