How about growing your own chillies in the UK? And then cooking with them?
As I am to gardening what Kubla Khan was to crocheting, I simply bought a plant from a supermarket and kept it on the kitchen windowsill. I was amazed at how many small chillis popped up in due course. And they tasted all the more delicious for being a crop growing freely from a plant which cost the price of a handful of pre-grown chillis.
But for someone with a greenhouse, there is much more scope – literally. This lady went for it
observing that there are some universal general rules:
Quick Guide to Growing Chilli Plants
- Start early with your seeds – January – March – different varieties
- You need them to be kept warm, invest in a heated propogator for quickest germination
- Plant seeds in soil based compost – they like good drainage
- Use a little surface spray for watering rather than watering from the base (no soggy bottoms)
- Pot on once the seedlings have two well formed leaves into bigger individual pots
- They still need warmth and lots of sunlight while they are little
- Make sure they have enough space, they’ll need repotting again
- Feed them with tomato food when fruit starts to set
- Don’t let them get too hot and dry – they may need a little shade
- Pick fruit as they are ready to encourage more fruit
- They can survive over winter if kept warm!
Pictures and longer story over at blog: