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    Default Q: herbs and chilli plant

    Hi, I am fairly new to growing herbs and have a few questions to get the ball rolling..

    I am growing chili, tomato, sweet onion, chives, oregano, thyme, rosemary and lavender at the moment..

    How and when should I trim the herb plants back (chives, oregano, thyme and rosemary)? Only as I need them or should I trim them every few days or so anyway?

    And with the chili plant.. do I pinch the chili off the stem? or do i pull the top of the stem (which is attached) off also?

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    Default Re: Q: herbs and chilli plant

    I am a serial plant murderer but my chillies always seem to survive somehow. I guess they just don't need much care? I just yank the chillies off and all is good..lol.

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    THanks Harvest Moon.. Last chilli plant I didn't give enough sunlight too and it didn't survive so this one is on the patio and gets full morning sunlight so fingers crossed! I just trimmed a few chillis off so will get DH to add them to dinner tonight

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    for the herbs just cut off what u need when u need it

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    Default Q: herbs and chilli plant

    I agree, with the herbs, just cut off what you need. If there's too much, you could look at drying them. I recently cut lots off our 2 parsley plants, made sure their leaves were dry and then put them on baking trays. I think it was about 2 hours in 150deg oven (or until they crumble nicely in your fingers) for a quick and easy dry for herbs. Smaller leafed herbs like thyme don't take as long

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    Thanks for your replies they've been going for 2 weeks so far and still green so.. so far so good lol

    I cut a few small soft branches off the thyme and lavender and put them in some soil hoping they might take and grow some

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    Default Re: Q: herbs and chilli plant

    With the rosemary, pinch the tops off regularly. This will stop the bushes getting too big and straggly.

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    With the chilli plant.. it's an ornamental, I'm just wondering if red is the hottest and the lightest colour being the mildest? I don't eat it personally though just wondering what I can tell DH as he likes to add it into cooking

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    Default Re: Q: herbs and chilli plant

    More or less. Also the first batch you get off your chilli plant will probably be the hottest you get, and subsequent years will be milder.

    Also if you want more chilis pick them off the plant when they ripen. This will cause more flowers to bloom. If you leave the chilis on the plant until you want to use them then you won't get as many.

    You can store them in the freezer.

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    Thanks Disbride! I'm surprised I haven't killed it off yet lol
    Would love to get an actual garden bed up and running.. my FIL has a raised garden bed which looks amazing, but I would be worried that it would destroy the grass i put it on and as we rent I don't want to get into strife with the real estate! I would otherwise love to try my hand at some veg!


 

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