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Not a Johnny Cash song, but how to take this easy crop from seed, to plant, to seed. One chilli plant will give you a good supply of spice and I'd suggest these pretty plants as a first for beginners, or a priority for those with little space.
Chilies need an early start, sow now (article was published Feb) and till mid March with three seeds to a 9cm pot. They need to be somewhere warm to give them a kick start - such as an airing cupboard. When green shows move them to a sunny windowsill.

Chilli's - Circle of Fire

Chili pepper with red and green.jpg

Transfer each plant to a pot of its own when they get two pairs of leaves: gently ease out the roots with a spoon handle and, holding a leaf, lower the seedling into a 9cm pot of compost. You need to keep
repotting as the plant grows, until they are in 25cm pots.

Being hungry, heat lovers they will appreciate lukewarm water in the mornings, and tomato feed.

All types of peppers can cross pollinate if there are insects around, where there are none indoors there is
no risk of this. However if several varieties are open to the outside you will have to cover the plants with
a fine net (think plant mosquito net), to keep the seeds true to the original.

To save seeds you extract the seeds from a well ripened chilli and put them somewhere warm till you can
snap one in half, then pack and label ready for next year.
Copyright (c) Diane Holness. originally published in the Pigeon magazine Feb 17

How to save seeds from "easy" vegetables and wild flowers Bristol’s well loved permaculture activist, Mike Feingold will be talking about how to save seed and why this is important. Mike has been at the centre of Bristol’s practical permaculture community for many years. He runs a thriving community orchard at Royate Hill, where he also has his own allotment.

Mike teaches on the Shift Bristol permaculture course and co- ordinates large teams of volunteers every year to run practical permaculture areas at festivals including Glastonbury Festival.

He’s also involved in redistributing unwanted food to communities in need across the city.

Mike’s talk will focus on seed saving from ‘easy’ vegetables, as well as saving wild seed. He’ll also touch on the politics of seed saving.

Mark De'Lisser

Often taking inspiration from the natural environment, poet Mark De’Lisser weaves words that explore the ever shifting tides of the human experience. 


Born in London and now settled in Bath, Mark has written professional commissions for the Bath Abbey and Roots Allotment, and regularly collaborates with musicians.

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