Homegrown chilli peppers

Homegrown Peppers

These peppers were meant to be small. This is the 3rd year that we have grown our own peppers. Christmas 2012 we got some tiny peppers, but quite hot peppers in Germany and baptised them Piments de Iena as we did not know their name. We planted some seeds and were rewarded with many small peppers as the species (don’t know it’s real name) grows a lot of fruit. Then we planted a few seeds again.
This Spring for the 3rd time in a row we took the seeds of our cross and sowed them. This time we opened a dry pepper and put the seeds into the soil. To our surprise all of the plants that grew nice and strong started growing huge pepper crops except for one that kept the original size. Now, I know that cross pollination must have happened, especially seen the fact that we had a few bell peppers next to our tiny peppers. We even tried to grow some habaneros in the past or “habs” as the connoisseurs call them, but they do not do so well in our climate on the windowsill. What you can see in the bowl above are the peppers of one single plant. The outcome of the crossing of tiny peppers and bell peppers did not turn out too badly: we have the yield of the tiny peppers, the heat of the spicy peppers but we approach the size of some more impressive peppers.
I have already saved some seeds of this lot, but I am definitely not sure if they will grow again. The likelihood of them being sterile is there after all.

As I joined NanoPoblano for this November and am thus a Pepper, I figured that sharing my peppers is a good idea.

Have you ever undertaken a balcony gardening project?
Has a gardening project surprised you by it’s unexpected turnout?

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Penguins can’t swim!

Now, you are looking at this and shaking your head. Penguins can swim! But mine are different, they could probably swim but I cannot make them swim. So: Penguins can’t swim! 

My friend Nerd in the Brain is hosting the Go Play! Challenge which I hope you have joined by now. And every two weeks she hosts a Go Play! Go Learn Challenge! This time it’s called Splish Splash meaning we have to play with water!

I went down the science route for this one, and took my little Penguins out of their box. I wanted them to swim like penguins do. Ok these Penguins are paperclips, so what do paperclips do in water? Exactly! They sink. But I had once come across the floating paperclip experiment. And thought why not try it with my little fellows?

Penguins can't swim!
Meet the Penguins!

So I tried filling a bowl and then a glass up so that there would be a nice dome of water, just like I remembered form the video. And then I tried to let them swim, and they just sunk to the bottom of the sea.

Penguins can't swim!
a nice dome of water

I will have to try this experiment again one day. Maybe it will work then.

At least my Penguins were able to enjoy a little dive.

Penguins can't swim!
Non cooperating Penguins, preferring diving over swimming

Pictures hosted on flickr
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