Agriculture Report – In the Garden: Growing Chillies

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Agriculture Report - In the Garden Growing Chillies

From VOA Learning English, this is the Agriculture Report.

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people say eating hot chili peppers can help you breathe easier you have a cold. Others believe that chilies give you more . All we know is that people have been growing chilies for . And there are plenty of different kinds of chili peppers to from. Want to spice up your meals with homegrown chilies? They a warm climate. If you plant the seeds outside when the is cool, place a glass over them. That will add warmth the sun and protect them from wind. You can also start seeds in your home or a greenhouse.

If you plant chili inside, fill an eight-centimeter pot with soil. The pot should have on the bottom so water can run out. Drop seeds over surface of the container and cover with a thin layer of . Vermiculite is a material that can hold air, water and nutrients. cover the top of the pot with a see-through plastic bag. the bag in place with a rubber band. Place the pot a warm area. You should take off the bag when the start growing. When the plants have reached about two centimeters high, each one in its own pot. When the roots show through holes on the bottom of the pot, transplant each seedling into 12 centimeter pot. When the plants are 20 centimeters high, tie plants to a stick placed in the pot to support them. the chili peppers are 30 centimeters high, pull off the tops your fingers. That should get new branches to grow. When the flowers show, give the plants some potash fertilizer. When the weather warm, put them into five-liter pots and place them outside. Make they get lots of light and water. For VOA Learning English, Alex Villarreal.

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