Monday, 27 May 2013


I know it's weird to talk about a summer vegetable as winter is fast approaching, but this would be around the time that gardeners pull out the summer plants to make way for the cooler climate ones. When I tell people that you do not need to pull out your capsicums they are surprised, they are in fact a perennial and can produce year after year. This has been the second summer that my capsicums (and chilies) have grown for, with no reduction in quality or quantity, in fact I think they have gotten better, especially as they had a head start compared to if I had sown from seed.

The capsicums I currently have are Californian wonder, they were bought from the local hardware store. This is not something I would usually do, but I purchased them when we sold and re bought and our moving date was very late October, so there was no chance for me to raise seeds (considering the seeds were buried deep in out storage unit, who knows when I would have found them!) and I wanted to get my veggie patch going as quickly as possible. This year I did sow some seeds but as we were going on a one month road trip the seeds didn't get the attention I would usually give them while our house was being sat, so very few survived and they are still quite small. One has a teeny tiny capsicum on it now, but the plant should keep well for next summer! The varieties grown from seed are diggers club gilboa orange and diggers club sweet chocolate as well as a long sweet pepper variety and a small round light green variety that I acquired the seeds from from the whitehorse urban harvest.

When sowing the seeds they need warmth, so there should be very few cooler days left and no frost around. My method for feeding is quite a lazy one. I compost twice a year in Autumn and Spring and regularly apply spent chicken hay when the pen needs a clean (leaving the very soiled parts from under the roost for the compost bin) and applying worm wee when I have some or can be bothered. This seems to be enough for my veggie patches, and have had a very adundant crop from the soil (which was bought soil as we have raised beds). I do attribute this to the abundant worm life I have though as they are continually breaking down the hay and Autumn leaves that I like to spread on top. So it's kind of like a living working compost bin/worm bin veggie patch!

I have staked all my capsicums (and chilis) as I find when they fruit they get too heavy and want to lean or snap, so this helps protect the plant. I find this a very easy plant to grow, I don't need to do much and it rewards me with a brilliant harvest.

My favourite way to eat capsicum is to char the skins on the gas hob or under a griller, then remove the blackened skin. This creates a wonderful sweetness and can be eaten as it is in sandwiches or pizzas or as you would a regular capsicum.

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  1. That is intriguing - do you have frosts in your garden? I always assumed frost would kill the capsicum plant.
    I was trying to add your blog to my blogroll, but it comes up as Kitchen Garden to Kitchen Table, then says the blog doesn't exist. Hope you can fix it...

    1. I do get frost in my garden but if your frost is server you can make a little shelter for them with some stakes and clear plastic to protect them a little. I find I don't need this even though I am at the base of the mountain ranges in Melbourne (notorious for cold snaps!). Hmmm not sure why that is happening, there is a thing on the left where it automatically add my blog to your blog roll.

  2. I overwinter my capsicums and chillies too. I find some varieties only happily get through one winter but others can last a fair few. I grew Californian Wonder this year but didn't get many fruit from it - I am hoping that over wintering will give it more time for fruit production next season as I was really pleased with the fruit I did get.

    1. That's good to know that some produce better than others (i hope mine are the better ones) Hopefully it will be like mine as my harvest was much better this year! More fruit over a longer period and larger too!


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