Kitchen Garden

Chillies & Peppers

Growing chillies and peppers is quite easy. They are  the ideal choice if you don’t have a lot of room in your garden as they can be grown in pots on a windowsill, a patio or balcony. The growing process is the same as that for Aubergines.


Fill a small post with Q4 Compost and firm the soil down. Scatter the seeds of the your chosen variety thinly on top, and label the pot. Cover with a thin layer of compost or vermiculite and water.


Put the pots in propagator or secure a clear plastic bag over the pot and place on a window sill. After a week or so, the seedlings should start to appear. Remove from the propagator or the plastic from the pot and leave on the windowsill.


Crop Care

When the seedlings are 2cm tall pot individually, water and place on a windowsill or in a greenhouse.


When the plants reach 20cm tall add a support cane. Pinch out growing tips to help branching when the plants are 30cm tall.


The plants can be moved outside at the end of May. Ensure the plants are well watered (they may need watering twice a day in very hot weather).


When the first flowers show feed weekly with Liquid Tomato Food or Sulphate of Potash to help boost the fruit.


Pest Control

Chillies and peppers are susceptible to attacks from Aphids, red spider mites, caterpillars and thrips which can be controlled using Organic 2 in 1 or Py Insect killer.


Slugs and snails can be controlled using SlugRid or SlugGone.