I’ve read that it’s a good idea to speak to the locals in the area to determine the conditions of your soil and what will grow in your area. Good idea? Makes sense? Not always. Since I’ve arrived here I’ve been told “I tried that, it doesn’t work”, “I tried those, they died” and most especially “What’s the point…”. What’s the point of growing x when x is so cheap is the most popular refrain, as though x will always be cheap and if one day it isn’t cheap anymore, well we can all just see if we remember how to grow it.
Anyway, I was told I was “wasting my time” trying to grow chillies, even though I had one fairly sick looking plant already growing in the garden. With a bit of TLC, it perked up and produced one perfect habanero which I dried on the windowsill and planted
So far so good. The original plant is still going strong and producing something rather peculiar, but I’m really excited about these jelapeno
and whatever these are
Moral of the story : Listen to the locals, but do it anyway, you have nothing to lose but a few seeds.