I can’t believe a month has passed since I first introduced myself on the Chilefoundry.

I’ve had one of the craziest months for a long while, bearing in mind that this is supposed to be the quieter part of the year. Ive been busy potting seedlings on, I usually sift my compost and add perlite myself but 2 weeks ago I had a hernia operation so to make things easier for myself I bought a 50L sack of Biobizz “All.Mix” of which I was impressed with and now have two grow tents bursting at the seems it was so much easier to pot on because of the fact that the seedlings were established in the Grodan Cubes. I have lights in the Clone Box Tents and have them set to be on for 14 hours per day and this seems to be ok for the moment.

DevonChilliMan Seedlings

Now one of reasons that I’ve had such a crazy month is I’ve been trying to secure some polytunnels for the expansion of DevonChilliman & as of 5pm Thursday 26th February I signed a contract and can now tell you all that I have 8 polytunnels these are a great size, being 35M x 9M.

King Reaper PickleAnother exciting piece of news is I have colaborated with my favourite artisan producer Adam Marks, as most of you will know is Mr Vikkis and he is based in Cumbria. Along with my passion for chillies the other passion in my life for over 20 years is the love for Indian food. I discovered Adam’s delights when I attended The Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival back in 2012 which is run by Alex & Louise Duck.

I couldn’t believe the flavours and authenticity of Mr Vikkis products & since that day I have become obsessed with them, my local Indian restaurant of which I have frequented for all this time must wonder what has happened to me!, so when Adam contacted me and asked if I would like to do a Mr Vikkis/DevonChilliman colaboration I honestly couldn’t believe it !!!.

So I have supplied him with the worlds hottest chillies the “Carolina Reaper” that I grew here in Devon in my glasshouse in 2014 for the “Superhot Chilli Pickle” which we have now called “King Reaper” …my “Chilli Caped Crusader” now wears a crown on the jars. This really is a superhot pickle for those Chilliheads who have worked their way through the ranks and are looking to get their next level fix.

Chilli Plants Small
Adam also wants me to supply him with all his Nagas this coming season,so I will dedicate one polytunnel for the variety “King Naga” and another polytunnel for the “Naga Morich” variety…so all in all I’m living my chilli dream at the moment and it seems funny to have a business that I class as a hobby as it really doesn’t feel like work.

Well that’s what I’ve been up to, I will be back in March with another update.

www.devonchilliman.co.uk

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The Chilli Pepper Company has been working on a new web site design and as part of it promotion you can now get 2 packs of free seeds by visiting the new sites and signing up for the mailing list also if you spend over £10.00 you can get a 15% discount using the discount code HOT2015.

The Chilli Pepper Company Free Seeds Offer

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Brighton Chilli ShopWe visited the Brighton Chilli Shop last year and it had an impressive range of products. Tony the new owner had big plans for making it a one stop shop for all things chilli.

Well that expansion has now spread on-line with a new e-commerce enabled site replace the old informational web site.

Brighton Chilli Shop Online

The shop is still undergoing a lot of development, but it is great to see the shop going from strength to strength.

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Our friends at Sea Spring Seeds are running a competition that could end up with the winner holding a new Guinness World Record.

Spaghetti Chillies © Sea Spring SeedsTo enter this competition all you have to do is grow a chilli variety that produces very long pods. There are several varieties that are extremely long, and it is entirely up to you to decide which one to grow. However, Sea Spring Seeds recommends the best candidates as either Joe’s Long Cayenne and Spaghetti.

To enter is simple, when you think you have an extra long pod lay a measuring tape beside it and take a photograph. If the chilli is bent the tape must bend alongside. At the end of the year send in the photo of the longest pod.

One thing to remember is generally chilli plants produce bigger pods at the beginning of the season, so get photographing right from the start.

For more information visit Sea Spring Seeds

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