• February 2013

Chilli Growing Courses


In 2013 we will be running four Chilli Growing Courses in February and some more in August. The February courses are timed so that participants can return home with their new knowledge still with plenty of time to sow their 2013 chilli crop. The August courses provide the same information, but (hopefully) the weather is better and will have fully grown chilli plants to illustrate the talks.

What’s Hot, What’s Not

Led by pepper expert, Michael Michaud, ‘What’s Hot, What’s Not’ are gardening courses that explore the diverse world of peppers and reveals the secrets of these unique and captivating plants. For keen gardeners looking for a new experience, they are a chance to discover the scorchingly hot chilli peppers used by Bangladeshis, Mexicans and West Indians; the gentle sweet peppers perfect for stuffing and frying; and the in-between kinds that give ordinary dishes a new lease of life.

The courses assume that participants have some gardening experience that they can build on. They mainly cover the 'how to' of growing, but also include other subjects, such as variety selection and harvesting. Growing in both containers and garden soil will be discussed, so no one needs to have a vegetable garden in the traditional sense to benefit from the course. Each course runs for about two and a half hours, by which time you should have learned enough to be able to successfully grow your own peppers.

Courses will be conducted at Sea Spring Farm. They will take place solely in our unheated tunnels and greenhouse, irrespective of the weather. So dress accordingly, and come prepared to learn.

Note: We have a strict ‘no smoking policy’ due to Tobacco Mosaic Virus. Smokers may may be asked to wear plastic gloves while handling pepper plants.

  • Venue: Sea Spring Farm, West Bexington, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9DD

Note: all orders may be charged a postal fee. This will be reembursed at the course.

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