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Well that was an accurate forecast

Around 7:00 PM I decided to check the weather again for storms later in the week, and the forcast for tonight had dropped from 26 to 21 degrees! Two days ago they were saying 36.

That certainly changed my evening plans around. I went out and pulled up all my chile plants, picking the remaining sweet peppers to cut up and freeze. I also picked the remaining Ancho and NuMex chiles to roast up as soon as the grill thaws out.

The plastic over the tunnels was already coated with ice while I was picking them.

Then once the chiles were taken care of, I disconnected the hoses and put on the faucet covers.

Bringing your chile plants indoors for the winter

Bringing your chile plants indoors for the winter
It’s that time of year again, when I look outside at all those wonderful chile pods that have yet to ripen on the plants, and watch the weather report looking for the big freezes. I can’t save all of them, but I am able to keep a small supply of fresh pods coming throughout the winter months by bringing a select few plants indoors.

While chiles are generally grown in the United States as annuals, the plants really are perennials. You can keep them alive for many years if you wish. The biggest advantage for home growers is that you are starting in the spring with a fully mature plant that can start producing again as soon as it is warm enough for flower set.

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