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#1499894 Most flavorful peppers?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 20 October 2017 - 12:14 AM

The Yellow 7 Pot is an aromatic monster. In this day and age it gets little to no love but it ticks every box.

But pubescens and baccatums are my personal favorites for flavor. Not too many terrible ones in that bunch.

I can save you the time and effort if you want.


I loved my yellow 7 pots (brainstrains), they have solid flavor and produced well enough for me. The baccatums are a real solid way to go for something that can produce a lot, have fantastic flavour and are mild enough to eat right off the plant. Bishops crown are one of my favorites at the moment.

#1495608 Shaggs2riches 2017 Pepper grow

Posted by shaggs2riches on 01 October 2017 - 10:04 PM

Here is a final video of my garden for the season. I am still going to try to do a bit of documenting of the plants before the cold finally kills everything off. A friend suggested pulling warm air from the house into the greenhouse to keep the frost at bay. I have already started harvesting some peppers starting with my bell peppers on the deck, all of my jalapenos, half my fresnos, and tonight all of my mystery peppers (the ones that were suppose to be I Scream Scorpions). I will be posting up pictures, once I have harvested everything.


#1493494 Spicy Freezer Jam

Posted by shaggs2riches on 23 September 2017 - 11:23 AM

Yeah the recipe is completely uncooked. The only thing I do is remove the seeds and placenta from the peppers and toss them in the blender when crushing up the berries. We used to have a liquid pectin that had a no cook recipe that called for way less sugar, but I can't find it in the stores lately. The extra sugar probably rounds out the heat a bit more though.



#1493482 Spicy Freezer Jam

Posted by shaggs2riches on 23 September 2017 - 10:38 AM

Any reason you don't 'can' it? All the berries you're using are acidic enough to be BWB canned in a jelly/jam that you don't have to waste freezer/fridge space on. Makes for great holiday gifts too.

Your final product sounds good. You should try a strawberry one and add 1/4 of powdered cocoa into the sugar. You can thank me later ;)


I have considered the water bath canning lately actually. We are just learning how to do the canning with pickling and a salsa recipe from a canning book. I guess the only other reason that we haven't is just the simplicity of making it this way. I will give the cocoa a try, sounds real good.

FYI you can also upload pics using the upload function in the editor when you start a topic or More Reply Options in replies. ;)
These look good!
With added sugar it will keep many years btw. The reason it lasts a month is this ism ore of a fruit puree with pectin only.

Thanks for the tip, I hadn't looked that closely at the other buttons lol. Right now the recipe in the pectin box calls for about 5 1/4 cups of sugar, and says good for a month in the fridge. But I have opened jars in the fridge a couple months in and they seemed fine

#1493432 Spicy Freezer Jam

Posted by shaggs2riches on 23 September 2017 - 01:05 AM

So I finally decided to open an imgur account, to replace photobucket. Since I can post pictures again, I thought I would share what I have been up to lately. We like to make simple freezer jams with fresh berries and I've gotten into the habit of throwing in some hot peppers into the mix. These jams are easy and fast to make. They actually have become a bit popular with the folks at work. I brought in a Blackberry/Blueberry jam with two chocolate habanero thrown in the recipe, and I had a lot of requests to make more. So far I have made a half and half blueberry/blackberry with chocolate habaneros, blueberry/raspberry with west indies red habanero , and a raspberry with only 1 yellow 7 pot brain strain. I have been messing around with the type and amount of pepper in each batch. The jam goes fantastic on a bagel toast or crackers with cream cheese, and I have also found it good on some ice cream. The jam will last close to a month in the fridge or a lot longer in the freezer. So far I think the Raspberry with yellow 7 pot jam is my favorite. 













#1491044 Attempting to root a broken branch aeroponics

Posted by shaggs2riches on 13 September 2017 - 12:12 AM

The branch was basically still green on the outside and was thicker than a sharpie marker, maybe a tad bit woody on the inside. It has been 10 days now, so not quite two weeks. Nothing looks to be happening to it inside the pail. I figured maybe it would be a while with a larger branch. I just learned of a hydro shop in town, and was thinking of asking them if they had any hydro nutrients that would work better to help the process. I figure I would give it a good month and if nothing, then it wouldn't do anything.

#1488553 Oyster shells for soil amendment?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 02 September 2017 - 06:21 PM

The drainage part would be a plus too. My soil is pretty heavy and I am slowly working to change that. This might serve more than one purpose.

#1488490 Oyster shells for soil amendment?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 02 September 2017 - 02:05 PM

That was my thoughts. I'm going to give it a try and see how it works. There is a store in town that sells 25kg bags for feeding chickens. One bag should be more than enough for my garden.

#1486141 When is the best time to start buying seeds for next year?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 23 August 2017 - 07:07 PM

yeah I think this weekend will be figuring out what to grow and I will start looking around for seeds. I started my seeds on February 8 this year, but I definitely want to start much earlier next season. I have to look at what I have for seeds now, and I am in serious considerations of starting a few plants real soon. Our short season has me on the edge of my seat. There are a few plants in my garden that are just starting to flower and I think there is maybe 3-4 weeks left in my season before the frost really starts threatening in the mornings.  But out with the old will make way for the next season, which will be just as exciting as this year.

#1485334 When is the best time to start buying seeds for next year?

Posted by shaggs2riches on 21 August 2017 - 12:56 AM

Thanks a lot for the responses everyone. I definitely will start counting what I have and look into what I would like to plant for next season. My crop will be down next season, but I hope for have a bit more variety and not so much of the 3 or 4 of the same plant in the garden, instead maybe 2 of each. The air is cooling down a lot at night and I'm guessing maybe I will get another month before frost has hit us. It will be bitter sweet to say goodbye to this season. I don't want to lose all the plants that I have going on, but I really look forward to next season. Trouble I will now have is choosing what to actually grow and when to start. Over the next couple months, I'm sure my plan will change a dozen or more times lol.

#1484799 Shaggs2riches 2017 Pepper grow

Posted by shaggs2riches on 19 August 2017 - 12:53 PM

***I should have been logging my grow through the entire season in this section. I will continue the remainder of the season here and start a new log when I begin my 2018 grow.***


This season I decided to try growing my peppers completely under a cold frame. I wanted to find out if the plants would perform better under the plastic. They definitely have far exceeded what I was expecting to happen . My plants are massive by comparison to last seasons plants growing in open air. I also have gotten more production from my peppers over last season.


 On July 11th I posted a video tour of my pepper garden. The plants were already looking great and the July temperatures were helping the plants start to grow fast.





I made a second updated tour of my garden for the month of August. There is a extremely significant difference from the first video. The plants have taken over the garden and there are a lot of peppers growing. Some of my plants still have not gone past the flowering stage, and I don't know if I will get much for pods from them.




Over all the greenhouse is working fantastic.My wife wants me to give up a bit of space for some of our other crops. I will be giving up the first section, where all my Jalapenos and Fresno peppers are. This is definitely proving to be the way to grow peppers out here in the Canadian Prairies. I will post at least one more video and pictures of my final harvest before the season is over.



#1484788 Ate my first scotch bonnet

Posted by shaggs2riches on 19 August 2017 - 12:04 PM

In my experience that perfect Bonnet pod shape doesn't happen until the growing conditions are warm enough, and not all of them even then. Cheers!

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I was kind of half expecting that I wouldn't necessarily get too many with that shape. I kind of like it that it is a bit of an added extra challenge to grow out pods that look like that. I am planning on digging one up to continue growing through the winter under lights. Maybe I will have better luck with pod shape in the second season.


I've found that comparisons between standard Habs and Bonnets occur all the time, all over the internet and often in face to face discussions. I get it, same hear, same size... Often, you find Habs being sold as Scotch Bonnets. So I see the basis of the comparison. But I'm not going to stop growing Habs because I like Bonnets better. I am going to continue to grow both. I'll just plant more Bonnets lol.

I got a lot of nice UFO Bonnets coming on from plants that came from the Trenton Farmer's Market pods last year. Can't wait till they're big and ripe...



I too think that I will always try to grow some habaneros. I use them a lot more that any other pepper.

#1484694 Ate my first scotch bonnet

Posted by shaggs2riches on 19 August 2017 - 01:58 AM

Scotch Bonnets are amazing; so much about these chiles are just ¨right....¨  I never understood why so many of us seem to share a compulsion to compare them to orange Habs, nd we mostly dis the Habs as a result....  To me, they´re different chiles that happen to be at a similar heat level, and of the same species....  But there´s not much out there that can stand up to a good Bonnet, in terms of flavor, presentation, and mystique.  There´s just something about these chiles that fascinate me, and apparently, a lot of other pepper ppl feel the same way.


When you put it that way, it is true. I thought that the two peppers were pretty much interchangeable, but they turn out to have a different flavour that might make either of them more suited to certain dishes. I was completely surprised with the way the flavour of the bonnet really rounded out and the aftertaste that lingered for so long. They are just a real nice pepper all around. I was initially drawn them to compare them to habs, I also really like the typical bonnet shape, but I don't think I will end up with a lot of pods that look that way.

#1483762 Ate my first scotch bonnet

Posted by shaggs2riches on 14 August 2017 - 11:18 PM

After three seasons I have finally had my chance to eat a bonnet. Last years bonnets turned out to be bishop crowns, and the year before I only planted habanero. I was digging through the garden this evening and found a nice yellow bonnet ready to pick. I instantly brought it inside, washed it and ate it. First bite was similar to a habanero, but the flavor rounded out in a few seconds. Definitely a smoother almost sweeter flavor. The burn was nicer than a habanero but at the same level, and quickly tapered off in a few short minutes. It left a pleasant citrus like after taste, that lingered for a good 15-20 minutes. Definitely going to be a favorite to use. I hope that I can get a lot more pods in the next month before frost starts to threaten us. Trying new pods is always fun!

#1476249 My 2017 pepper grow

Posted by shaggs2riches on 18 July 2017 - 12:24 AM

Looks great. Nice set-up. I couldn't get away with something like that in southern california. Too hot.


Our climate is real up and down, around here lol. Last week it was 30-35 degrees celsius. This morning the forecast said it was 9 degrees celsius feels like 5 degrees celsius. Looks like it will be around more seasonable 20-25 celsius in a couple days.