I'm a long time forum lurker, first time poster!
I started growing peppers last year in a small 4' x 6' raised box, and cheap store bought seeds. Grew cayenne, orange habs, jalapenos, and serrano last year, and really enjoyed it! Smoked the peppers on the smoker for 12 hours on nothing but hickory logs and made powder, and I put that on everything now.
Anyway, this year:
I'm graduating from the raised box! I've bought a house with a back yard and I have about 1000-1500sq ft that I can plant in.
The list ascending in spicy, all from Pepper Joe's website:
Pepper Joe's Giant jalapenos
Pepper Joe's serrano
Morguana Trinidad Scorpion
A few notes / questions:
My spicy tolerance is still pretty nooby, habs are about as spicy as I can go and they're still incredibly painful. I originally only bought giant ghost peppers, but one of my free random packs was the scorpion. Although I am still fairly apprehensive to grow the super hots, I'm going for it anyway!
I started germinating last year the second week of February and had a hard time keeping the plants in sizable containers before putting them in the ground, I'm thinking of starting the first week of March this year. I know the super hots can take a long time to germinate, should I go ahead and start those now? For context I'm in central Missouri.
I've also heard of people around here using pellitized gypsum in their grows to help break up the clay in the soil around here, and the sulfur content of the gypsum helps the peppers, has anyone had experience with this?
I know I have more questions but can't think of any right now. Anyway wanted to get this started so I have somewhere to document.