Well it’s January again, which can really only mean one thing at Tangmere; time to plant (and prepare) the nursery —time flies when you’re growing peppers, so it seems!

After a very wet start, 2014 turned out to be a very good growing year indeed. The consistent spring light helped our beneficial insects to establish well and by the time the warm summer weather arrived, the crop was in tip top condition. Plenty of late autumn sunshine gave our peppers their characteristic sweet flavour, resulting in an abundance of quality fruit and a successful finish.

So here's to 2015 and let's have some more of the same please. As growers, we are often dependent on factors beyond our control (particularly sunshine hours) but we look at these challenges as learning opportunities.

New for this year, we are trialling our plant varieties alongside a number of sustainable growing techniques. Inside our dedicated ‘trials’ glasshouse, we’ll assess the effect of LED lighting on the crop and examine a range of options on root systems, including growing the plants in coir (coconut fibre). Managing our environmental targets means reducing our plant waste, and we have also introduced trials of ‘biodegradable’ string to support plants grown in the glasshouse.

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