Thanks for asking Bill. It's going well. Lots of work and little time. I've been home only 2 days total in the past month. Looking forward to going home for the holiday. I usually only have one day off. Don't know what to do with 4 days. LOL.
Thanks Chuck, You have a great one as well. Going to be a small one this year with only a few couples at the house, but that just means I get to relax more and watch the games.
Well, I have not been very active on this forum lately. Getting distracted by all the items needing to be done before we get to far into winter here. I pulled the last of the dead plants from the garden today and noticed that the plants that did not do as well as I expected seemed to be root bound in some cases and in others, the roots system was very small compared to the plant height or width. On the plants that did well this year, the roots seem to be just about as wide or as long as the plant is tall or wide. The plants that did not do so hot had roots that were about 1/10 the size of the plant. In some cases, they were root bound as they cam out of the ground in the same shape as the pot they were in before I planted them in the ground. Guess I needed to do a much better job in loosening them up next year. Plus I think I will start some of the Annuums (Jalapeno's and Fresno's) a bit later as they were the ones that got mature and started flowering while I still had them in the starting room.
Any way, lesson learned, now to make sure I follow through!
Got to share some pictures. Lately we have been getting plenty of rain, so I was kind of stuck in the house. I decided to make some jam to replace last years stash as well as have plenty available for gifts at Xmas time.
Since I was in the process of finishing up this years crops, I used Congos, Bahamian Goats and Scotch Bonnets (MOA).
Here are a few shots of what happens when I get bored and alone in the kitchen!
I made 4 different types of Jam and with one of them I made 3 batches with 3 different type of peppers. I started with the Habanero Gold recipe that is out there and made a batch with some Big Sun Habaneros that I grew from some seeds from Judy.
Then I made a batch with some Bahamian Goat peppers because they have a great color.
And finally I made a double batch using some Scotch Bonnets (MOA)
Then I made a version of the Cranberry pepper jam that was posted on the forum this year and I used Red Congos for the peppers.
Then I made a Fatalli-Pineapple jam that I had made last year also. This batch had promlems as it did not set up for me, so I will need to do some tinkering and redo it.
Then finally I made my Blackberry - Black Congo jam. Last year I made this and I just love it and was a bit stingy about sharing it, so this time I made plenty.
And last I read about someone making and canning some Jamaican Jerk sauce so I tried that as well. I normally just make a batch or two and freeze it, but my freezers are packed with peppers, so canning it was a great option. I have not tried it out yet, but I have it available for the next time I get bored in the kitchen!.
Stocked well for the winter. now to make a buch of home made bread and make some great toast!
I will be working on my 2015 grow list. It is always hard to whittle the list down, but I really need to as I have so darn many peppers in the freezers as well as dried.
Was trying to use up some powder and decided to grind some yellow brain strain and mix with some salt. This goes great on popcorn! Plus no one else will want to have any from your bowl!. They only try that once!
I forgot to ask, how is the job going? I know you had to be out of town a lot, so was wondering how things are doing for you?
Those canned goods look fantastic. I can't wait to start another jelly project. I will have to pick your brain on recipes, when I get to that day.