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

Posted by ako1974 on Yesterday, 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.

#1563301 Your first super hot stories

Posted by ako1974 on 27 June 2018 - 07:31 AM

I guess about 20 years ago my mother planted an orange hab plant in the garden for me and my brother.We must have said we liked spicy food, but back then, I know neither of us knew anything about it. Parents went away on vacation, my brother said the correct thing to do was grill habs and eat them whole. So we did. I remember the intensity of the heat and sweating bullets, but I didn't get cramps or anything. I think after we cooled down a bit, we tried it again - same result. Then we made our nephew do it and he was crushed; my sister yelled at us. Since then, I don't think I've really eaten hots or superhots whole right off the plant, only in cooking, either partial or whole. I love the flavor of them and trying to make them work with cooking.

#1563299 [Jun 25] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 27 June 2018 - 07:22 AM

We're getting the heatwave, too...starting Friday.


Marinated and cooked chicken in Lucky Dog hot sauce. Pretty boss.


Need to make a tub of garlic scape pesto and freeze it.

#1559417 Hot weather

Posted by ako1974 on 11 June 2018 - 06:30 PM

Since they're mobile, I would move them. If they're already hardened off, you should be good. But if you can't water them, I would say giving them a bit shade will help.

#1559415 [June11] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 11 June 2018 - 06:28 PM

Harvested garlic scapes.

Asparagus still trucking, for probably another 2 weeks tops. 

#1558214 Rain: More or less, change?

Posted by ako1974 on 06 June 2018 - 08:53 AM

A lot more spring rain, milder summer temps.
A later-starting summer, fewer scorching days. 

Autumn seems to be around the same.

A later-starting winter. 

More winter precipitation toward late winter.

#1558008 Wet weather

Posted by ako1974 on 05 June 2018 - 08:45 AM

Arne,  where are you at in Northern Jersey?  I am in Glen Rock.

Long Valley.

#1557834 First time considering figs.

Posted by ako1974 on 04 June 2018 - 10:57 AM

Trees give you what you need right away. In our region, it's best to have started cuttings already, but you can do it if you want. I start cuttings between January and March, so they have enough growth to be set outside. 


Chicago Hardy is a good start and easy to find. You should be able to find Improved Celeste. I don't have it, but I think it does well in cold areas. 


Just know that big box stores often mislabel trees. But Chicago Hardy is common that it should be true to type. There are lots of other varieties - I probably have about 40 or 50 at different stages of age/growth.


If you remind me, I'll send you some cuttings when the season is over.

#1557091 Wet weather

Posted by ako1974 on 01 June 2018 - 06:43 AM

My peppers did ok last year, but it was very wet and mild. It seems to be shaping up the same way. Here in NJ, I can't get out the cycle of wet and gray. Most of the last 3 weeks seems to have been rain of some kind. This did in my tomatoes last year. The peppers were mostly ok, but definitely affected. 

#1556634 Help! Underwatering, Overwatering, Heat Stress?!?

Posted by ako1974 on 30 May 2018 - 08:06 AM

They look ok to me, if not late. How long have they been indoors now? I know they're new sprouts, but to be safe, I wouldn't put them in direct sun. Let them get sun- and wind-hardened in a sheltered spot before moving them out in the open.

#1556490 Harvest

Posted by ako1974 on 29 May 2018 - 01:17 PM

Nice! I, um, just planted my peppers. I will live vicariously through you...

#1556467 Ginger

Posted by ako1974 on 29 May 2018 - 10:48 AM



I have a couple shoots and leaves coming up, but I have it covered in straw and some plastic mesh at the moment to prevent birds and squirrels from digging. I need to remove it and see what kind of growth I'm getting.