Episode seven: chillies

Get growing now and you could be hanging ristras of chillies all over your kitchen by autumn...

Get growing now and you could be hanging ristras of chillies all over your kitchen by autumn...

Chillies are probably one of the most popular edibles to grow on the windowsill: they're fun, fairly easy to grow and offer the excitement of a fiery harvest. This week's show talks to a newbie chilli grower who has taken the pursuit of chilli greatness almost as seriously as he takes his job as an Apache helicopter pilot, and chilli expert David Floyd, author of chilli guide book 101 Chillies To Try Before You Die

More chilli tips and advice

For more advice on growing chillies, here's a feature I wrote for the Guardian on the subject. And here's my colleague Alys Fowler on her favourite varieties.

David Floyd recommends the following chilli varieties for indoor growing:

The really super-hot chillies we talk about (which I don't recommend you try unless you're a serious chilli-head) are:

I mention the Bolivian tree chillies - aka 'Rocoto' chillies - that I am growing. These are chillies that take well to overwintering and can be treated as perennials provided you overwinter them successfully. I got my seeds of a variety called 'Alberto's Locoto' from Real Seeds

This week's guests

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Thanks to my three lovely guests this week; to talented voice artist Mark Hamilton for providing the extra voices you hear in this show; On The Ledge's theme music is Government Funded Weed by Black Ant which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. You also heard Hot Lips by Bill Brown and His Brownies.