Having embarked on this journey without much prior experience I feel I've learnt quite a bit, both from reading here and by doing the work.
Was glad for the above little harvest and yesterday I tried the first one-tenth of one of the Jolokias on a pizza. It had been frozen, they're quite easy to cut up and handle then and it isn't as if I need them to stay shapely in a salad or something, as a colleague pointed out : )
Perhaps seven small little bits and they had bite but nothing overwhelming. What struck me the hardest was how much they tasted and "smelled". It wasn't quite like, 'picking up this pizza slice, putting it to my mouth, nose picking up red onions, cheese, the One Ring, bits of tomato' but something in that direction. By comparison the purple cayenne doesn't smell much at all in a similar situation. It tastes less too, but pleasantly fruity.
The Bhut Jolokia Chocolate plant is enjoying life and making new pods whereas the 7 pot brain strain or whatever it is has not produced any new pods now for maybe a month. Bucket-overflow-wise there are signs that perhaps I should water them (The 10 l hydro transplants) twice a week.
The Purple Cayenne is producing on most every flower, the Royal Blacks are also podding well, see images.
I like this setup but it does cost a fair bit so I've been considering options for summer and next fall. Maybe one or two 75W leds and then a 20W heat mat underneath two buckets, or running between them in the fall, and maybe try a simple plastic-with-metal-skeleton-greenhouse on the balcony even if it only receives about an hour or two of direct sunlight in summer. It still receives quite a lot of indirect light. Would need to open it some days for insect pollination and just remember to close it before letting the cats out. That is if the swishy-washy mini greenhouse proves catsafe. What do you think?
Edited by chelicerae, 24 March 2018 - 11:01 AM.