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The 11th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

shaggs2riches

Member Since 21 Mar 2016
Offline Last Active Apr 14 2018 05:37 PM

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Anyone ever use future harvest Holland secret nutrients?

30 March 2018 - 11:45 AM

Just wondering if anyone has experience with Holland secret 3 step nutrients. I have never used this type of nutrients before always a premixed or granular fertilizer. I try to use natural fertilizers in the garden, but for indoors I find it easier to use a quick water soluble fertilizer. This stuff just just got stocked at my local store and was thinking of giving it a try.

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Anyway to save my pickled Bishop Crowns?

25 December 2017 - 01:53 PM

We did our first batch of pickled peppers a couple months ago. Today I finally decided to open a jar and give them a test. Turns out that they taste like nothing but vinegar. It was extremely hard to put down and had zero flavour otherwise. We have used the same recipe for beets and they turned out fantastic. I have 6 pint jars of the peppers. I'm wondering if there is anything one could do to them as I open each jar without causing it to spoil real fast. Definitely going to find a better recipe for next year.

Using a sweeter pepper?

22 October 2017 - 03:07 PM

I've got a decent amount of sweeter type peppers that I need to use up. I have no idea what these peppers are as they were wrong seeds from what I had ordered. I have been doing a decent amount of eating them whole to knock down the pile, but they are starting to slowly shrivel up. I am just wondering what others do with these types of peppers? They have basically zero heat and are on the quite sweet side. I was considering maybe a powder, but I wasn't sure how a sweet pepper would work as a powder.

Spicy Freezer Jam

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. 

 

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Attempting to root a broken branch aeroponics

12 September 2017 - 09:59 PM

Almost two weeks ago I accidentally broke a large branch off a scotch bonnet plant. I was inspired from Peter Stanley's low pressure aeroponics system, so I figured I would give a try at rooting in a similar method. I cut a hole in the center of a 5 gallon pail lid and mounted a small tomato cage to it for support. From Home Depot, I bought a small pond pump and modified the spray attachment to make it quite short. I filled my pail 1/3 full of water and added a liquid root booster fertilizer. The root fertilizer had mention of root hormones and directions for hydroponics. I cut the branch at a 45 degree angle, close to what looked like a node (bump that looked like a branch or leaves could grow from it). The pond pump is sitting in the bottom of the pail and I added an 80 gallon aquarium airstone to it.

 

 Right now the branch is hanging in the pail out of the water being sprayed constantly with the pump. I removed all of the flowers, buds and large leaves, and have the entire setup off to the side of a t-5 light fixture. The lights are on 16-18 hours a day, and are turned off when I go to bed. The remaining leaves look alive and healthy, but I am not sure how often to add nutrients and if and when roots will start to grow. If roots do grow I will plant it in dirt to continue growing over the winter. When I have a chance, I will post a quick video of it. This is a totally new avenue for me. I don't even know if this will work, but I am totally excited to be trying this.