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Here is my August update of my Channingswood Prison grow of 2000 chilli plants using the Autopot Watering System.The plants are using a staggering amount of water/nutrients now. I’m using a specially formulated two part feed from Growth Technology that has been made to suit the water supply in the prison. We have to make sure that all seven of the 1000L Flexitanks are constantly topped up, to give you an idea of the usage come Friday lunchtime all of them are full to the brim & when I return to the prison on Monday morning all 7 are near enough empty,so that’s 7000L (7 ton) gone over the weekend!

Plinths at Channingswood Prison

It is rewarding working with the offenders & seeing them enjoying and learning from this unique “Chilli” project,although it has been frustrating & challenging working in this environment with regards to Health & Safety/Security issues. One thing that has amused me is that “Chillies” are the new currency on the wings!

mesh doors at Plinths at Channingswood Prison

Other things that have been done this month are the Polytunnel doors have had the polythene sheeting removed and replaced with a fine mesh to allow more airflow.Also a couple of the offenders have started making permanent concrete plinths to support the Flexitanks instead of pallets as security deemed these to be a risk.

All 2000 plants are now fully supported by canes/string and this has mostly been done by one offender that has past experience of working on a tomato farm in Greece for over 7 years, his skills have been a huge help on our team. The plants are looking awesome now but where has summer gone? We really do need an Indian summer to help ripen the pods now.

These will be available through my website http://www.devonchilliman.co.uk/shop/4586649963/Fresh-Pods

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Do you make and sell a chilli product that could win an award?

The Chilli Jam Man - Winner at the National Chilli Awards

Why not enter it in the National Chilli Awards the categories are as follows:-

  • Best Chilli Jam
  • Best Chilli Pickle or Mustard
  • Best Chilli Drink (Non Alcoholic & Alcoholic)
  • Best Chilli Chocolate or Confectionery
  • Best Chilli BBQ Sauce / Wing Sauce / Marinade
  • Best Chilli Snack
  • Best Chilli Oil
  • Best Chilli Rub or Spice Blend
  • Best Chilli Dip / Mayonnaise / Salsa
  • Best Mild Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
  • Best Medium Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
  • Best Super Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
  • Best Extreme Hot Sauce (With Extract)
  • Best New Chilli Product of 2015
  • Best UK Chilli Shop (Retail & Online)
  • Best UK Chilli Grower / UK Chilli Farm

The main rules are simple:-

  1. You can only enter 1 product per category. To enter each category there is a charge of £15.00 and the supply of 2 sauces to be used as tasters. Please make sure that your product is entered in the right category. The organisers can move the entry to a different category at their own discretion if required. Entries with samples must be sent by 11th September 2015 to: Fiery Foods UK Ltd. 17, Lodge Close, Portslade, Brighton. BN41 2PZ.
  2. Each product will be tasted blind by a panel of judges who will taste separately and make their own decision before coming to a decision as a group. The judges’ decision is, of course, final.
  3. BEST UK CHILLI SHOP and GROWER categories may receive entries by the named company or by nomination from another company. The entry must be accompanied by supporting written evidence (website, photos, affidavits, etc)
  4. The announcement of the winners in each category will take place at the award ‘ceremony’ at 2pm on Saturday 20th Sept.
  5. Winners will receive a trophy and certificate plus prominent display and promotion on the Fiery Foods web site, any media exposure that may result, plus artwork to put onto product labels.

For more detail and to download an entry form please visit http://fieryfoodsuk.co.uk/content/Awards

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This weekend we have two Chilli Festivals

The Oxfordshire Chilli Festival Saturday 15th August in the Market place, Abingdon on Thames

Last year this event was awarded the “Best New UK Chilli Festival 2014 by the Clifton Chilli Club in their People’s Choice Awards.

Barnet Chilli Festival Saturday 15th August in Barnet London.

The Barnet event is free to enter and takes place at The Spires, 111 High Street, Barnet. EN5 5XY. Gates open at 10am and close at 5pm.

Please follow the links in the headlines to find more information about these events, for more events during 2015 why not visit our events directory.

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July has come & gone where did that month go ?, I know…..it was spent in Channingswood Prison where I now have 2000 plants across 7 completely set up polytunnels using the Autopot Watering System, phew with the help of the offenders we got there in the end, it’s taken a lot longer than I would have liked but I see this first year as a working learning curve & next year I will have a big head start on this as the majority of the work this year was to get the tunnels fit to use & to install the Autopot watering system.

Channingswood Prison Chillies

All 2000 plants are now caned and tied as they need support and yes I don’t half get some funny looks turning up at the prison gates with armfuls of canes day after day after day !!. The tunnel doors are slowly being replaced with mesh to allow a better airflow to help the plants in the really hot days.

Outside each tunnel we are constructing permanent concrete plinths for the 1000 Litre Flexi Tanks to sit on as they weigh 1 ton each.Now onto the pods…they are slowly but surely starting to form and the odd one ripen, I sent a ripe “King Naga” to Adam Marks of Mr Vikki’s the other day to see if he approved & he gave me a BIG thumbs up & says he wants his first shipment of 50 kilos ASAP.

Trinidad Dog

My friend Henry Font from Italy has supplied me with some wonderful seeds this year and one of the Varieties is called a “Trinidad Dog” its a cross between a Red Moruga & a 7 Pot Barrackpore and the first tasting of one was by my friend Rickard Haglund from Sweden and his thoughts were & I quote ..

“Quite powerful, rather similar to a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (TMS),fruity but with a powerful (and pretty instant) kick”

Anyway back into prison I go bye for now.

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