Well here we go again!
I just got finished planting seeds for 70 plants. Scaling back a bit this year; last year was a lot of work! That and I have to do more than garden this season
My apologies as I can't remember
shit where I got all the seeds from. Some were harvested from pods some I saved, and some were sent to me. I can say this 99% originated from the most generous THP members!
Without further ado, here's the 2015 list:
Red 7 Pot Lava: Mikey
Black Thai : Mikey
Yellow Jonah : Mikey
Jack’s Choc Superhot: Mikey
Red Bhutlah : Mikey
Tepin x Lemmon drop
Pimenta Lisa : Stefan
Sweet Hungarian Paprika
Jelly Bean White Hab
Isabella Island Hab: Jim
Cherry Bomb: Jim
Ma Wiri wiri: Jim
Pimenta De Padron: Jim
Wild tepin: Jim
Six secrets from Stefan
Orange Primo: Mikey
Scotch Bonnet x Indian Red
Red Lava: Mikey
Naga King: Rick
I leaned more towards peppers my wife can eat. After all she helped me quite a bit, I might as well grow some for her
Last season was a challenge regarding what was what. I eventually figured them out, but was not happy with the confusion. And yeah, I'm easily confused.
Here's a pic of the 70 starters:
Trying something different, the Jiffy's are numbered and will be entered into a spreadsheet. As they pop, they will go into the solo cups with permanent marker to label them.
This year I'm starting things in the converted hunting room (man cave?). LB wanted the extra bedroom back The room is part of the shop; 24x8 and insulated. It's been rather nasty for the last 4 or 5 days, damp and temps below 52°, but it was 68° in there a few minutes ago. Also I'm trying a heating mat to help with germination, which was abysmal IMHO last year.
Anyone who knows how I fly, knows I like to grow in the dirt. I have a few in containers from last season, but they just don't do as well.
I put a ton (literally) of work into the soil since the start of last season.
I feel soil preparation is the key to success:
I tilled in over 24 yards of RCW and 10 yards of shredded leaves after pulling the plants in the fall.
I then planted Crimson Clover and Rye as a cover crop, this pic is from 2 weeks ago..
The area I planted the cover crop in is 2,300 to 2,500 square feet. Half is framed for sunshade. A must in the 100% summer sun the garden gets. There's some Comfrey of the left
Dec. 6th I tilled in the whole shootin' match. I waited too long. But I do like it when it darkens up. This is what it looks like after 2 2" deep passes. If you wait too long the roots form a sod, this makes for a bad day of tilling. I got this far and decided to call it. Shiner time!
Once I'm sure most is dead and wont come back when I water crop 2 goes in.
The grass on top has dried, and rain is forecast through Sunday (yeah right), so I tilled again. It brought up the grass from below and now the garden looks like last Sunday. I went a couple of notches deeper this time to break up more of the roots. I spread rye seed and watered for 45 minutes. It should come up quickly as the weather is warm for a week or more. 50's-70's.
This is the garden today, the second cover crop is just coming up. And I have to prep an area for onions, which hit the dirt January 15th. The rest gets tilled in at the end of the month.
I fly out of here tomorrow afternoon, and won't be back until a week from now. So I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Edited by Devv, 09 March 2016 - 08:17 PM.