LUCY CHAM­BER­LAIN’S FRUIT & VEG

Three easy steps to bet­ter, big­ger, har­vests, says Lucy

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Get big­ger har­vests for chill­ies, stop win­ter weeds

IF you’re a fan of siz­zling hot chill­ies, chances are you might well have grown va­ri­eties such as ‘Tabasco’, ‘Ha­banero’ or even ‘Naga’. These are de­rived from peren­nial species (un­like ‘Hun­gar­ian Hot Wax’ and ‘Jalapeno’ which are both an­nu­als) and, like other peren­nial plants, they have the abil­ity to over­win­ter.

This brings one huge ad­van­tage: plants come into crop­ping more quickly than those raised from seed each spring, and they can there­fore give you big­ger and more suc­cess­ful har­vests.

It’s a fairly straight­for­ward process to over­win­ter your plants. If you’ve ever seen pelargo­ni­ums or ten­der fuch­sias safely through this chilly sea­son then you’ll be suc­cess­ful with pep­pers, too. Here’s how to do it:

Over-win­ter­ing chill­ies will come into crop quicker than if planted from seed Chilli Bengal Naga Chilli pep­per Ha­banera

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