Good enough to eat
●● Growing chillies
Chillies can be trained easily into neat bushy plants and deserve a place on the patio - they will give you enough fruit to keep you going for some time.
Start them off indoors by sowing two seeds into a 9cm pot and placing it on a heated propagator or warm windowsill, where you can maintain a constant temperature of 20C.
If both seeds germinate, remove the weaker one and gradually reduce the temperature to a minimum of 14C at night. When the plant fills its space, put it into a two-litre pot of multi-purpose compost and, in June, place it in its final resting place in a five-litre pot in a sheltered spot.
When the plant is 20cm tall, pinch out the growing tip to encourage bushiness.
Water frequently on hot days and feed with a tomato fertiliser when the fruits form.
They’re ready for picking when ripe with a smooth skin.
Chillies will store well for a couple of weeks in the fridge or longer in the freezer.