About The Red Hot Chilli Shed

The red hot chilli shed came about after a bonkers idea that I had the ability to grow vegetables.

Over the past few years I have attempted to grow all sorts of stuff but managed to kill everything, be it fruit, herbs or vegetables.

I realized the issue was me, I was either over watering, under watering or planting at the wrong time, To be honest I am just not a very good gardener.

Once I realized I was the issue, I decided to take me out of the equation as much as possible, I decided to do a bit of research and use the little tinkering knowledge I have, to turn my tatty old garden shed into a fully automated all year round Chilli grow house.

All I want to do is plant the Chilli seeds and then reap the rewards.

I took a look online for what chillis to grow, I didn’t want to plant plain old jalapeño at 2,500-8,000 (Scoville Heat Units) or the hotter habanero at 100,000-350,000 SHU, I wanted a challange, and its called The Red Hot Chilli Shed for a reason.

I decided to grow the hottest Chillis I could get seeds for, In the end I chose The Trinidad scorpion Butch T at 500,000 – 1,463,700 SHU, The Naga Viper at 1,250,000-1,350,000, and The Carolina Reaper at a whopping 1,400,000-2,200,000 SHU.

A close up picture of a Naga Scorpion chilli
Naga Scorpion
A close up picture of a Trinidad Scorpion Butch T chilli
Trinidad Scorpion Butch T
A close up picture of a Carolina Reaper chilli
Carolina Reaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seedlings

I planted a few seeds a couple of weeks ago and they seem to be progressing quite well. The seedlings are only tiny but its a start.

Bottom Left and top Left pots are Carolina Reaper, Bottom Right pot is Naga Scorpion, Top Right pot is Trinidad Scorpion Butch T.

I should have probably done a bit more research into planting from seed, I might have gotten a better yield.

Is early days yet and I’m hoping more seedlings will surface soon.

Seedlings Week 2
Seedlings Week 2

The Watering System

For the watering system I needed to obviously keep the soil moist but also not soak the floor of the shed, so I decide on a water recycling system, this way what ever passed through the soil would return to the water storage container for use again, hopefully meaning I would be able to fill up a container only now and again.

To achieve this watering system I need to lift the trays I was going to use off the floor, I found some cheap blocks at a local hardware store and I also had a few house bricks hanging around, I bought some guttering an end stop and a corner piece to complete the trough to send any lost water back to the water container.

Trough part 1
Trough part 1
Trough part 1
Trough part 1

 

 

 

 

 

The trough was slightly higher than the blocks so I had to add a few bits of wood cutoff I had hanging around to level things up.

Tray in position
Tray in position
Tray in position 2
Tray in position 2

 

 

 

 

 

I drilled some holes in the trays to line up with the trough below so any water then passed through the soil would drain into the trough then return to the water storage container.

As the trays are black and will absorb heat I decided to cover them in multi layer insulation.

Watering system
Watering system
Watering system 2
Watering system 2

 

 

 

 

 

The water itself is supplied by a 12V pump in a container in the corner of the shed, I fitted a clear hose pipe to the pump so I can see the water flow and then fitted garden sprinklers in the hose pipe.

I have ordered a non return valve from Amazon which should stop the bubbles forming in the tubes and the heads from spitting.

Cooling and Humidity fan

I installed a cooling and humidity fan after running the shed with a basic setup for a while,  I realized the the shed was lovely and warm but the humidity was very low.

The internal temperature and humidity were very much intertwined, as the temperate went up the humidity went down and visa versa, I realized I needed to keep the temperature up, but not too high, and the humidity up at the same time.

With an average humidity of over 60% in England, I decided I had to bring in air from the outside, To achieve this I installed a 120mm PC fan in the corner of the shed, I cut a round hole through the insulation so the fan would pull air from between the shed wall and the insulation itself, the cooling and humidity fan is installed on the side of the shed where the sun never shines at any time of the day, so the air is always cool and humid when it is pulled in.

cooling and humidity fan
cooling and humidity fan