In the garden today

Thanks Muddy.

No, I leave them out.
Group them together, loosely tie the leaves together to protect frost getting in the ‘crown’.
Put some bark chippings over exposed soil to help keep the frost out, then wrap the pot in bubble wrap.

It’s a bit of a pain, the winter protection, but I haven’t got a greenhouse to move them into.

If it was really severe prolonged cold, I will drop one of those ‘Bell’ cloches over each plant too.

My chilli harvest

They start off green. I use these to cook but also allow some of them to ripen on the vine.

When ripened, they turn red. I dry them in the sun for a month or so and crush them into chilli flakes or I use them whole for cooking. The sun gives the chilli a lovely smoky flavour.

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We grew some in a small greenhouse last year. They are now dried. We only use a small quantity at a time unless you really love a lot of spicy meals. Grinding into flakes and keeping in a small jar seems a good idea. Our seasons are totally different as it is still springtime here in Angleterre.

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