Late April / May I potted on my tomato, chillies and pepper plants into the Seed Pantry 9cm rice husk pots that are a perfect size to continue growing your own summer veg. By early June the young plants roots were poking out of the bottom of the pots and had grown to a height of 10cm to 20cm. This means they where then ready to be planted outside in our small backyard in London.
To plant them in their final growing positions, which can be outside or inside, gently ease them out of the pots by tapping on the bottom, perhaps use a plant marker to run round the inside edge to loosen the soil, be careful not to damage the plants. I prefer to use the rice husk pots several times as they are sturdy like plastic but entirely biodegradable, great!
Get your final containers, window boxes or pots and hanging baskets ready with some peat free compost in the bottom, I used the Seed Pantry coir Compost Blocks to add moisture retention to the pots. Just soak them in 3 litres of water to make 9 litres of compost!
Add your compost and then the plants with enough space around them to grow into – around 10cm to 20cm is good. Add more compost and firm them in gently. Give them a good drink of water to help them settle into their new environment.
They like to be in a fairly sheltered and warm environment for continued growing and once they start to flower they will need a regular organic feed to help produce excellent juicy and spicy hot fruits (for the chillies!).
I’ll report back on stage 3 once they flower and start producing baby peppers, chillies and tomatoes.