World Famous Graemenac 2017
The World Famous Graemenac (2017 Edition)
Container Gardening on a south-facing balcony in Vancouver B.C.
Online since 2015

Kale is popping through.
As noted in the pic of the overwintered peppers plants on May21, they are still not growing any bigger, or wider at all, though there is new leaf growth. This leaves me unoptimistic of the chances of them producing much fruit, and think I am done with overwintering. The purpose of overwintering was to get a bumper crop the second year. Instead, based on a YouTube video, I am trying to increase my yields, and enourage general root/stem growth (as opposed to flower production), by pruning the plants back. In that regard, I pruned every pepper plant I have except for one Cayenne which requires more growth. Scary! (Hope it works!).


Cayenne (pruned)


Serrano (pruned)

Hot Portugal

Hot Portugal (pruned)

Hot Banana

Hot Banana (pruned)


Habanero (pruned)

4 Cucumbers along perimeter, 2 Fonzi melons in the middle.

First new cuke seedling shows on Sat, 2 more the next day as well as 3 Fonzi melons. They, and the peppers, all must be loving this heat ((hooray!):



If he wasn't dead already (see pic below), Cukey dies in a wind storm (trellis blew over and snapped him in half. :-(
Good thing I planted more! :-)

Sat. was the first real clear, hot, sunny day of the year - haven't had a day like this since the end of last August (and none through 5 weeks of my summer holidays last year), and with the weather supposed to stay nice for a while, I, at last, transplanted and staked everything in their outdoor containers and formally set up the garden. The final tally from my winter seedlings going into the season is:
Cucumber: 1, although it looks poor after transplantation and even worse the next day.
Hot Pepper - Serrano: 1
Hot Pepper - Cayenne (Long, Red, Slim): 2
Hot Pepper - Hot Portugal: 2
Hot Pepper - Hot Banana: 2 + 1 over-wintered
Hot Pepper - Habanero: 2 + 1 over-wintered + kept 3 smaller plants plus one today-discovered seedling hiding under the 1st Habanero plant (in case of other plant failures or if the room is available in the garden).
Tomato - Berkeley Tie-Dye: 4 (3 original seeds, 1 2016 seed)
The overwintered pepper plants are definitely producing new leaves, but leaf growth is well-behind the seedling plants. Moreover, the plants themselves are not growing at all, just new leaves on the old frame.
First of the second planting of Nasturtiums beginning to show.
Cucumber does not look healthy. I have planted more cucumber seeds along the perimeter of the pot in anticipation of this cuke dying. Also, just for fun, I planted 4 Fonzi Melon seeds right square in the middle of the pot just to see what happens.
Planted kale for fall/winter harvest in pot with our colourful windmill-thingy.

Overwintered Peppers (Habanero & Hot Banana)
showing new leaves, but not growing.

Sad Cuke.

Looking West.

Looking East

West Corner (Fuschia).

East Corner (planted Kale w/Whirley-Gig
and Hibiscus).


Transplanted the Hibiscus to its larger outdoor pot after seeing neighbour Bruce put his outside for the season.

early May:
Nasturtiums start popping up - about 27 in one box and 12 in the other so I planted more seeds in each box to further increase density.

Pulled up all of my over-wintered peppers except the Habanero and Hot Banana which look like they may have new leaves. Unless I get fabulous results from these 2 plants this year, I am done with overwintering.
Saw a new pepper at Choices and bought a Serrano Hot Pepper - turns out to be part of the Jalepeno family, but hotter.
Transplanted the 2 largest Tie Dye Tomato plants to their outside containers, despite it being too early really, as they are just too big to keep indoors now.


Berkeley Tie-Dye Tomatoes


Transplanted Geranium to cedar box - 1st outside transplant of the year - and planted Nasturtiums in both boxes.

Prepared soil in cedar boxes (adding compost and new soil) and re-planted the parsley and cress.
Replant the Cayenne and Habanero peppers to larger pots.
Potted four pansies in the balcony pots - at last some colour!
Also, this was the first day of walking around barefoot outside.




Cucumbers and Tie-Dye Tomatoes.

First Habanero from last mass planting shows, next day another couple show.


First signs of Long, Red, Slim Cayenne.

Did a lot of transplanting seedlings from their small initial pots to slightly larger ones, as well as thinning out overplants. Not very happy with the Habenero plants, only 1 looks healthy so I planted 6 more seeds. Also, realized that I somehow had totally overlooked planting any Long, Red, Slim Cayenne plants this year and planted 4 seeds.

Pruned the Fuschia right down even more.

Pruned the Fuschia right down.

First over-wintered Hot Portugal pepper of the year poking through. Had first harvest of Long, Red, Slim Cayenne peppers.

First harvest of 2017.

Baby Hot Portugal Pepper (to the right of dead center).

First Hot Portugal seedling (from initial planting) shows.

Cayenne peppers ("long, red, slim") turning red.

Seedlings: 2 Cukes, 4 Tie-Dye Toms and 1 Habanero (bottom
left, actual seedling not visible).

First Hot Banana seedling (from 2nd planting) shows.

First Tie-Dye Tom from second planting shows.

Second nice weekend day of the year with temperature reaching 23C. I transplanted the 2 cucumbers and 3 Tie-Dye Toms to larger pots.
Also planted more Hungarian Hot, Habanero, Hot Portugal and Hot Banana (2016) peppers and Tie-Dye Tom (2016) seeds by scattering a bunch of seeds to see if any come up.

First sign of Habanero seedling shows as well as the first ever harvested Tie-Dye Tom seed (from 2016 fruit). In 2016 I could not get any of the 2015 seeds to germinate.

Overwintered cayenne peppers turning red. Although I only noticed them today, the first two Hot Banana peppers are growing in earnest. I assume they got pollinated over the holiday weekend 2 weeks ago.

Planted some more seeds in case of failure: 3 more Tie-Dye Toms, 1 more of each of Hot Banana, Hot Portugal and Habanero peppers. 18Feb:
In the a.m., both cucumber seeds have sprouted. By the end of the day, all 3 Tie-Dye Tomatoes had also sprouted.

Can you find all 6 peppers growing on this plant? Click the pic for the answer.

First day of nice, spring-like weather after the worst winter in almost 50 years - apparently the 1968-9 winter was even worse. Brought the plants outside for their first taste of fresh air and direct sunlight in months. Temp on balcony reached 21C, and 22C on the 13th (Family Day, just as it did the year before).
Planted the following seeds:
1. Habanero Peppers
2. Hot Portugal Peppers
3. Hot Banana Peppers
4. Berkeley Tie-Dye Tomatoes (3)
5. Cucumber
and also tried
6. Berkeley Tie-Dye Tomato from 2016 batch and
7. Hungarian Hot from 2015

After failing last year, I tried overwintering my pepper plants again and had tremendous success. I did not cut them back and while there was some leaf droppage, most kept their leaves the entire winter, and even continued to flower. One, the "long, red, slim" Cayenne even somehow got pollenated and the plant is currently producing 5 peppers.
Fuschia looking very sparse.

7 Pepper plants and a grow light.

Sad looking fuschia.