A few weeks ago, smooth talking BBC Gardener’s World presenter Monty Don sidled up to his chilli plants to pick a few pods. Usually, Monty harvesting veg is a time when my face turns as green as Mr Don’s fingers, bathed in envy at his far superior yields.
But this time, a different sensation washed over me.
Move over Monty, my chillies are better than yours.
There was nothing at all wrong with Monty’s Jalapeño plants.
They were a decent size and plenty of shiny green chilies dangled from their stalks. Like me, he grew them in pots housed within the greenhouse. One of my plants looked almost identical.
But another, which I grew in a slightly bigger pot, was definitely larger.
And that’s the secret – the amount of space given to the roots to suck up the required nutrients.