In the last weeks I have collected my egg boxes instead of shredding them, adding them to my compost or returning them to the farmer for further uses.
I will try to grow my chili seedlings in them. The egg compartments should make ideal seed beds, putting two to three seeds in each one.
Here is an easy step by step guide for your own chili sowing adventure:
Recycling egg boxes
Cut away the lids, shred and add the bits to your compost silo.
Egg compartments make great seed beds
I wonder whether I am too late with sowing my chili seeds and will check some gardening sites. This Gardener’s Calendar offers some useful tips, you can find the information here.
Some recommend seeding chillies in March before the last frost-free days, April should do as well.
Chillies come in all sizes, colours and grades of hotness (the professional term for this heat scale is Scoville). More information here.
I mean to grow two different kinds of chilli this year: the short Thai bird’s eye (seeds from last year’s harvest) and a hotter round chilli (a friend gave me the seeds).
very proud to have my own compost soil
Thai bird’s eye chilli seeds
Fill in some soil and put two to three seeds in each compartment
cover up with a little soil and carefully water
Home for my chili seeds for the coming weeks
Do not sow seeds too deep.
Soften the seeds by soaking them in water, this helps germination.
Carefully water the seeds from the top in order not to dislodge the seeds. Capsicum plants love water but be prudent, too much water can rot the seeds.
Use fresh compost whenever possible as it contains nutrients.
First report after 10 days: no results yet – have patience!
tags: gardening, recycle, compost, sowing, chili seeds, greenhouse, Scoville, bird’s eye chili