Two red chillis in my garden. Smack, bang in the middle of winter.
I planted these chilli seedlings at the wrong time of year. My neighbour Mr P gave them to me and suggested that even though it was Summer I plant them anyway and see what happens. They did get a very good spot in the ground. They were plonked behind the chook shed. This was previously habited by a big, spreading bamboo jungle that was an absolute nightmare to dig out. (Read here if you're at all interested in why you should never plant bamboo). So the ground was heavily mulched with years and years of bamboo leaf mulch and before I planted the seedlings I deposited a load of compost on it. Later, poor Wonky the lame rooster/chook died and was also buried there. And it is a rather warm, protected spot with a corrugated iron fence on one side and straw and chook poo on the other.
Now I know what all you international visitors are thinking. That veggiegobbler is a real whinger. She's been complaining about winter and the cold in her part of the world and clearly it is not even cold. In fact it is obviously warm enough there to grow chillis in the middle of winter. Well it is true that I hate winter and the cold but to my credit I did just tolerate a day trip to the snow and for the sake of the children I pretended to enjoy it - most of the time.
But I really cannot explain those red chillis. I did a little google and apparently chillis need 30ºC or more to ripen. Hmph well that is obvious piffle. Today we are heading for a top temperature of 14ºC and yesterday morning there was frost on my brassicas.
The only explanation I can come up with is that I am obviously a brilliant gardener who has warm, green fingers.
|Chilli plants behind the chook shed|