Tuesday, February 21, 2012

What do peppers and cats have in common?

Last week, I finally started my Korean peppers. They are tropical plants that need lots of warmth and time to grow well. I started my peppers on a south-facing window sill to give them a good headstart.


During the day, this is probably the warmest spot in the house with the sun light coming in through the window and the curtain retaining the heat to keep them as warm as possible.

Charles Dickens wrote:
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
It's not quite March in Northern California, but our entire winter season can be summed up nicely in this quote. That's why this climate can be a challenging for growing chilis.


The other challenge to my pepper-growing aspirations is my cat, Mi-sook (Pretty Girl). Mi-sook loves that same windowsill for the same reason my peppers need the space: sun and warmth. I suspect she's unhappy about sharing her warm comforting hiding place with my interloping pepper plants.

Mi-sook doesn't know it yet, but by late March to early April, these peppers should be living out the rest of their lives outside.

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