Growing your own chillis

  1. Place the compost pellet in the planting pot and add lukewarm water to cover the pellet. Leave to soak as the pellet expands.
  2. Remove the pellet after a couple of hours and fill the bottom of your planting pot with a handful of soil from our biodegradable plastic bag. Replace the pellet on top of this soil.
  3. Spread out your three chilli seeds loosely on top of the pellet surface to sow. Cover lightly with some extra soil, pat down and water thoroughly, so that the soil is moist but not soaked.
  4. Cover the pot with the plastic bag and keep somewhere warm
  5. Once the seeds have started sprouting, remove the plastic bag and move the pot somewhere warm and sunny, like a south-facing windowsill.
  6. Your seedlings are ready to be transplanted into individual pots when the first pair of leaves has fully formed above the seed leaves. Keep the chillies as indoor pot plants in a sunny spot.
  7. Chilli plants only need a little bit of water every week or so, but keep an eye on them for pests. Pruning and repotting is best done in February time.
  8. When they reach a certain level of maturity, the plants can be moved outside if desired, but should be protected in winter.