I planted the first seeds of the new season today. Sweet (bell) peppers, six seeds each of two varieties. I usually only try to grow peppers in twos and threes and usually only manage to get one pepper off one plant (apart from the first year I tried them when I grew chilli peppers and got lots of little red chillis).
The varieties were Trifetti, an organic Heritage seed from Garden Organic that I tried unsuccessfully last year, and Kaibi Round No 2, from the Real Seed Company. Thanks to them I think I’ve worked out what I’ve been doing wrong – peppers need to be germinated in really warm conditions, so I have put them on my washing machine which is in a large walk-in cupboard thing which also houses the central heating boiler. I think they’ll be warm enough in there. When they have sprouted they can go into the bathroom to grow on.
I sometimes do some of the tomatoes really early but they always end up spindly, so I think I’ll leave them all till March.