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How I got my chillie seeds

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Working in the type of job I do often results in people sending you lots of free stuff often completely unrelated to what they’re selling. The idea is that you’ll be so impressed with their random yet clever marketing campaign you’ll remember their name forever and purchase their goods/services. This is called Guerrilla Marketing.

Over the years I’ve been sent coffee, puzzles, sweets, had my office coated with random door hanger-thingies but the best thing I got was Chillies seeds! If I recall, about four years ago they were sent by some design agency and the link between them and Chillies was they produce red hot ideas or something.

They must have arrived at a pretty dull moment because I decided I’d grow em’. I figuring no one else who received probably even bothered and what a waste that would was. I had an empty plant pot on my desk doing nothing as a colleague had drowned my old desk plant while I was on holiday. I bought some compost from Woolworths (when it was still open, god rest its soul) and without paying any attention to how to grow them (I don’t think they even included instructions on what to do) I threw the seeds and the compost in, placed it on my sunny window sill and forgot about them.

I used to grow many things when I was child (I was one of those kids with their own ‘garden’ mainly made up of pansies and daisies, with random veg thrown in) but beyond planting a few herbs at uni I was a growing things novice.

Luckily Chillies are hardy and my third storey, floor to ceiling windowed office was more than hot enough for chillie growing which meant that all 10 plants germinated.

Impressed with life’s ability to flourish despite adversity I was instantly hooked and soon the ten little plants grew taking over mine and colleagues desk, sparking a ‘gardening in office’ craze. (Which I will tell you more about later – have ever tried to re-pot ten chillies plants in a sanitised office in the middle of Croydon? It’s not easy)

Can I remember the name of the design agency? No, did I even visit their website? Probably not. But I have had literally of hours of joy out of growing these little seeds.

So, the moral here is either make sure your marketing is relevant so customers can recognise who you are and what you do, or don’t just bin thing instead try something new.

Lets go!

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It’s that time of year again Chilli-growing season. I’ve been growing my own chillies for the past 3 years now and this is the first time I have a garden and more importantly, a warm south facing conservatory to grow them in. I say conservatory but it’s more like a plywood shack, which glass panes and a corrugated plastic roof (my engineer boyfriend said ‘uhoh’ the first time we went in it). When the sun shines, it can get really warm and dry, great for drying clothes and great for growing chillies.

I’m growing Cayenne, a mid-sized bushy plant that not only looks attractive but also produces great chillies for cooking.

Chillies are really easy to grow, you can find hundreds of articles on the best soil, containers, propagators etc etc on the internet. But like all plants, give them the right conditions they will thrive.

I am keeping it simple by growing mine in 5×3 seed tray with normal peat-free compost. I am keeping them as warm as possible while waiting for them to germinate so they’re positioned on my dining table by the radiator.

I’ve planted them in just a couple of inches of soil, not too deep to give them an easy ride. I was planning on germinating them first by putting them in between damp kitchen roll in a jiffy bag placed somewhere warm but I ran out of time.

Can’t wait to see the little fellas!

Heres a not very exciting picture!