Whilst at Old Sleningford Farm on Sunday, the talk had turned to nettles, and the use thereof. Which prompted me to make a batch of nettle cordial yesterday (to start making it, as it will take a week in all).
The nettles I used had been growing out of the growbag containing my most magnificent chilli plant. What a fortunate place to self-seed, considering how nettles attract beneficial insects, which eat the aphids, which might attack your plants.
As if the glow of this win-win situation wasn’t enough, whilst picking the leaves off the nettle plant, I noticed the first signs of a chilli pepper ripening. Incredible!
It’s not been unduly cold so far this autumn but the fog over the last couple of days certainly stopped any sun getting through. I guess, heat might be more important to fruit than sun in the ripening process but I am still surprised.
Who needs a greenhouse!