There are many reasons why people like to grow their own fruit and veg; for some, it can be an enjoyable hobby, for other’s a way of saving money by not having to buy from supermarkets anymore.
Whatever your reasons, here is a little introduction on my experience with growing peppers.
For me, it all started last year, in the late spring of 2016. My wife and I were browsing the local garden centre after a trip down for breakfast and came across a “Clearance” section which had something that caught my eye, Purple Gusto Chilli Peppers. They were little seedlings in groups of 6 and had been reduced to something silly like 25p. Admittedly, they were looking a little bit worse for wear, but I purchased a few of them in the hopes that a couple of the seedlings at least would grow into bigger plants which would then hopefully produce some peppers.
I purchased a long window box to plant them all in, provided them with some good compost, some water and let them go to see what would happen…the results were amazing!
ALL of the seedlings, even the ones that looked like they were on death’s door were growing, some at an alarming rate too! It wasn’t long before we had an army of chilli plants all ready to begin producing chillies. At this point we purchased some individual pots to give away some of the plants to friends and family to enjoy (to which everyone got some good chillies out of them) and the rest were kept in the window box to continue their growth and chilli production, albeit now, they were requiring a pole to support them as they had grown considerably bigger than they had started off at.
The harvest of chillies continued throughout the summer into the autumn months, but we then made a decision to get rid of the plants as they had more than served their purpose and got more than our monies worth from them!
All in all, the general care for the plants was relatively easy and they all provided lots of chillies for us to add to our dishes for that little extra spice (The Purple Gusto chillies being around 12,000 on the Scoville scale. In comparison, a Jalapeno is around 5,000 on the scale, so roughly 2 to 3 times hotter).
This year, after the initial success of last year, I have started growing more varieties in the green house at our allotment. I’m hoping that it will be just as successful, if not more than last year and that all the different varieties can bring extra little touches to our culinary delights.
I will be posting more info on the peppers I’m growing, how you can get involved by growing your own peppers, recipe ideas for various different hot sauces (which I will be experimenting with over the year) and more over the coming months!
Keep it spicy!