I got the seeds out of the pepper I used for tea. Do I need to dry them out at all? What would be the best way of starting them off, damp cotton wool or straight into compost? I'll be keeping them on the windowsill til big enough to go outside.
I grew hot peppers outside last year.. I start them on a window sill, then harden them off in my utility room (unheated with a long window down one side so i sit them on the window sill) then put them outside around july. Out of 4 plants i got a enough peppers to make a years work of chili oil with a small bag being frozen for cooking. I am on the south coast so might be different if you are up north.
I was very pleased with the peppers I grew up here (NW England). I'd never grown them before. I bought the seed, grew them indoors on a window-sill for several weeks till they were sturdy looking, then moved them into unheated greenhouse from the end of May. Brought them indoors again at the end of the summer and they eventually grew lost and lots of beautiful, very festive red peppers - I kept them on the plant for Christmas, and we've just finished using them. The plant was really impressive! good luck. I've just some more for this year.
Most things can go in now, except runner beans, courgettes and pumpkins (they're may/June, allegedly once frost has passed - perhaps we'll have spring by then) Peas are a good starter crop, or carrots in welly boots.