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#1586500 Synchronized ripening

Posted by ako1974 on 10 October 2018 - 10:24 AM

Staggered harvest can be a PITA, but I take what I can get. For example, I was getting a paprika pepper here and there during growing season, but now I'm getting 6 or more at a clip. It's the way they've always grown for me. But other peppers put out small bunches as well, so I can dry multiple varieties at once instead of just holding on to a few peppers and waiting for more to dry.

#1586277 [Oct 8] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 09 October 2018 - 08:30 AM

All the garlic is in the ground.

#1585064 Stuffers

Posted by ako1974 on 02 October 2018 - 01:18 PM

I vote paper bag, too. I think they'll be great.

#1584357 Ginger

Posted by ako1974 on 28 September 2018 - 02:45 PM

Starting to pull up ginger for fresh use. In the next few weeks, I'll start pulling it up for storage. I plan to grate a bunch - small dollops - then freeze for the winter. The ginger turned out really nicely. I've had a cold so I haven't been able to get the full flavor of it.

#1582589 Ripe peppers rotting on inside?

Posted by ako1974 on 18 September 2018 - 08:36 AM

I always thought it was related to too much rain/humidity; or those conditions made it easier for fungus/virus to do their work. For example, last year was much more mild and plenty wet; this year, while I've had a lot of rain, we've had heatwaves that have balanced it off. The result is I've had less of that internal decay in my peppers.

#1582588 [Sep 17] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 18 September 2018 - 08:28 AM

Nuking the wax moth population in my garage. I was a bit too careless with the honey supers on my beehives, didn't freeze the frames, now I have Silence of the Lambs in my garage, with all the moths just hatching. If I open my garage door and start hearing this, I'm out:


#1582390 Kitchen Nightmares - Pookie gets a new kitchen

Posted by ako1974 on 17 September 2018 - 08:50 AM

The first meal is a mystery, but has Axle finally approved?

The second I move any furniture my dog crumbles.

#1579915 [Sep 3] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 04 September 2018 - 08:53 AM

I'm going to brave the mosquitos, and go pick some peppers and veggies in the garden. My rocotos and aji amarillos are starting to ripen up in bulk, as they always do this time of year. There are also a of of artichokes and eggplant that need to be harvested.

I'm going to an ultrasound appointment with the Mrs. to meet with our OBGYN this morning. It's going to be our first glimpse of our baby. I'm really exited about that.

The Mrs. and I will be making tamales together this evening, since she has been craving them. She wants green chile chicken, I want red chile pork. IDK which we'll go with, or maybe both. Either way, tamales will be made and eaten😃


#1575219 What are you adding to next years grow?

Posted by ako1974 on 13 August 2018 - 09:57 AM

Criolla is a great, productive sweet pepper. I really like it.

My Zapotec got hammered this year. Just stunted. I left it in-ground, went away for 2 weeks, came home to a lot of little pods going. I've had 3 pods already, probably a little early, but nice flavor. I want it to work out. 


It's good to see I'm not the only one already planing for 2019.

I don't know how many of these I'll actually get to, but here's my aspirations for 2019:
Zapotec Jalapeño
Bahamian Goat
Harold's St. Barts
Criolla de Cocina

And I'd like to try a few of the Lindberg peppers, such as:
Aji Jobito
Aji Margariteno
Aji Rosita

Since this is only August, there's no telling how long this list will be by December. :)


#1575202 Aleppo pepper splitting

Posted by ako1974 on 13 August 2018 - 08:28 AM

This is my first year growing Aleppo. I've been away for a couple weeks during which we've had drenching rain, hell heat, drenching rain again. Aleppo originated in a hot, dry climate, so I'm guessing that's why mine have split - literally look like someone opened a zipper down the side split. I've never seen any other pepper I've grown split like that. Is this inherent to Aleppo? Any other pepper you grow?


#1570664 [Jul 23] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 24 July 2018 - 07:37 AM

Getting ready for some surf fishing. Haven't done it in a while, but I'm excited.

#1569025 Don't you hate it when..?

Posted by ako1974 on 18 July 2018 - 08:57 AM

Do you know the causes for failure?


I have several dud peppers this year and it sucks. But my tomatoes are raging, whereas last year they sucked. No matter what measures I take - companion planting, rotation, ferts, compost - I get the feeling there is a rotational garden karma thing going on. Sorry, you're not having everything go good. Then I look at some people's gardens and *everything* is going good. Who knows...

But I was literally just thinking about next year's peppers and seeds 2 days ago ;)

#1568430 Are Bonnie Plants Crap Or What?

Posted by ako1974 on 16 July 2018 - 10:24 AM

I bought a Bonnie ghost on a whim. Didn't need it. It sucks. Could be me or Bonnie. I'll blame Bonnie.

#1566590 How do you use your Hungarian Hot Wax?

Posted by ako1974 on 09 July 2018 - 07:47 AM

I've cut them into rings and pickled them in the past for sandwich extras. Worked well.

#1563823 Your favorite pepper variety

Posted by ako1974 on 29 June 2018 - 08:01 AM

Feher Ozon Paprika - I use it in so many different dishes/spice combinations. I'm growing Aleppo for the first time this year and I see a lot of people like, so I can't wait to harvest them.