A sunny spot protected from strong winds is essential. The soil should be well drained and rich in humus, the more the better. For an early start (late Mar) place a single seed edgeways 1/2inch deep in seed compost in a 3inch pot. The critical part is temperature, these need at least 65F continuous soil temperature (preferably more to maximise germination rates) until germinated. Keep the soil moist – water copiously around the plants, not over them. Keep weed free to allow air circulation. Once the plants start to fruit, feed every 14 days with a tomato type fertilizer, these are greedy plants.

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