Trying Out Capsicums

It seems like everyone grows capsicums and chillies in Hamilton. On Saturday, I joined them. I was delighted when I found out that I could grow capsicums here. There wasn’t exactly heaps of space left in the vege garden, but I managed to fit in six ‘Purple Beauty’ capsicum plants, found at Bunnings. When I got to the last cell of the punnet, there were actually two seedlings in there. Score! So I have seven. The capsicum seeds I sowed inside earlier in spring only yielded two seedlings, probably because I didn’t keep them adequately watered early on. Oops. So I also have one ‘California Wonder’, which is a red capsicum, and one Yates ‘Colour Salad Selection’, which could be orange, red or purple. Hopefully not another purple….

They are just wee things at the moment, dwarfed by the lush veges around them! Now I have to learn how to look after them and get the best out of them. One thing I do know is that capsicums are very high in Vitamin C. Red capsicums apparently have the highest Vitamin C content of all fruit. Yes, botanically speaking, they’re fruit, but commercially and kitchenly (yup, that’s a new word) speaking, they’re vegetables. Hmm, I already feel like I want more capsicum plants… I just need to chance upon a stash of large pots…

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Capsicum annuum ‘Purple Beauty’, surrounded by tomatoes, carrots, a poached egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii) and a calendula (Calendula officinalis).
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Capsicum annuum ‘Purple Beauty’. The random bits of wood are some sort of effort to stop cats from digging around the baby plants.

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