One crop at Sow Seeds we can’t do without is Chillies and last year was our best ever season. It may seem like a long time and a lot of care is required for such a short season crop but with a bit of planning chillies can be picked from July to November. Chillies can be used all year round, either fresh, frozen, dried, ground, made into colourful ristas, chilli jams & jellies and we have even made 'Firewater' with our own Chillies infused in Vodka. Growing your own makes your food and drink so much more inventive.
Sowing, growing and eating chillies has become such a passion and the choice of varieties available to the home grower is so extensive. As foodies and gardeners alike we love to experiment and cook up authentic cuisine from all over the world and a bag of generic red or green supermarket chillies is now not enough. Our tastes have become more discerning and we now realise that chillies are not just about the heat but they can also have defining sweet, smoky or fruity flavours.
We currently have over 65 different varieties of Chilli Seeds and have sourced the following 10 new ones for this coming season (even Paddington Bear might have enjoyed some of our new chillies that have originated from ‘deepest darkest Peru’ on his Marmalade Sandwiches)! Varieties like Aji Panca, Aji Amarillo or Aji Peruvian are key ingredients used in Peruvian cooking.
Last year was a real gardening success the weather was glorious and our plots were bursting with healthy bountiful harvests. However wet and cold January is there is plenty to look forward to and for the gardening calendar it starts with planning for the coming year. We recommend choosing varieties you just couldn’t do without and perhaps try some new ones to push your gardening skills or taste buds.
And if you can’t wait to get sowing there are a few veg varieties that can be sown in January. So why not get a head start, clean out the heated propagator and sow some Superhot Chilli Seeds, they will benefit from an early sowing as they need a long season to fruit. Or perhaps sow Cauliflower All Year Round, Onion Bugatti or Red Baron now into modules and keep in an unheated greenhouse and they will be ready to plant out in spring
See our section for other varieties that are suitable for a January sowing…
For those of you missing a little growing why not try sowing some Microgreens (also known as Microleaves). Easy as growing Cress on kitchen roll and in a few days you will be just a snip away from punchy little flavoursome shoots. These can be used to garnish soups, salads, sandwiches or top fish, adding colour and flavour to many dishes and giving a top class chefs touch.
Microgreens are not readily available in supermarkets as they lose their flavour and freshness very quickly so are at their best when home-grown, picked and used straight away and so growing indoors in the kitchen is ideal.
Sow one variety per shallow container on kitchen roll and water. Keep seeds and cotton wool moist and after 7-14 days depending on variety, just snip off shoots at base as required when about 2.5-5cm.
Thank you to all who supported the campaign and purchased our Field Poppy seeds this year.
Our wish to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War 1 by donating £1 from every packet of Field Poppy seeds sold, raised a fantastic £1441.00 for the Royal British Legion
Coriander is one of the most commonly used herbs in world cuisine from Middle Eastern Falafel to Indian Curries, or Thai stir-fries to Mexican Guacamole and even the more traditional (good old) Carrot & Coriander Soup.