All You Need To Grow

Growing your own chillies and peppers from seed is such a joyful and rewarding activity and it's always an exciting time here at the chilli farm. This is partly because it signals the start of the new growing season for us but also the excitement of the new varieties and hybrids to be grown, and waiting and watching for those little green hooks to appear through the surface and open up to greet the light.

I’m asked about propagating and growing chillies a lot so I decided to write a series of guides I could refer people to and make available for everyone. I’ll start by giving you some general but nonetheless very useful information followed up by some practical guidance. As is with many different undertakings there are often many different ways to achieve similar results. I’ll stick to what would be considered ‘best practice’ or in other cases, the way I like to do it. The guide is intended to give you a firm base of knowledge from which to work from and to return to when experimentation goes wrong.

Some of the best reactions I get when visitors come to look around the greenhouse displays are when they turn a corner and their eyes suddenly fix on to the giant onions. “Wow!...Look at those onions!” they cry in astonishment and every time it brings a big smile to my face to see their amazement and wonder at these massive alliums. I have grown these impressive exhibition onions for a few consecutive seasons now, mostly for fun and the wow factor they give to the greenhouse displays, but also with one eye on beating the previous season’s top weight.

Writing this and thinking back to when I first had a go at growing giant onions in 1996, I realise that it has been 20 years. My first attempt back then was using an NFT channel system I had on display - I grew big onions but nothing like the ones I get now. Saying that, I think the current record holder for the heaviest onion (15lb 5oz I believe! That’s about 7kg), won’t be worried about losing his title to me….just yet.


Monday   9:30am - 6pm
Tuesday   9:30am - 6pm
Wednesday   9:30am - 6pm
Thursday   10:30am - 7pm
Friday    9:30am - 6pm
Saturday    9:30am - 5pm
Sunday    CLOSED


Tel: 01844 239820
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Brill View Farm
Ludgershall Road
Piddington, Bicester
Oxfordshire, OX25 1PU

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