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The 11th Annual Hot Pepper Awards ACCEPTING ENTRIES!


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#1503631 [Nov 6] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 06 November 2017 - 02:17 PM

I need to stop being lazy and pull my beets. Pickle said beets.

#1503015 Refining fire chiles

Posted by ako1974 on 03 November 2017 - 01:56 PM

Me, too. First-time order and I got some great freebies.

#1502323 [Oct 30] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 31 October 2017 - 05:44 AM

Halloween is definitely different from when I was a kid - now adults enjoy it more than ever! Along different trick-or-treating routes, we've seen (and been part of) fire pits, beer wagons, food tents, floats (like the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade)...Rock on, Mike.


I'm bringing in some tender perennials today. Overnight by me looks to be about 31.

#1492814 2018 Changes and Additions

Posted by ako1974 on 20 September 2017 - 03:01 PM

I'm going to add a few new varieties. I feel good with in-ground and potted plant regimens. My harvest was a bit down this year from the past several years, but it was the weather. I still got enough. I may need to amend the beds with more compost.


What I would really love is a permanent greenhouse. Just in general. I think I may have just spent that allowance on my daughter's new bedroom furniture ;)


She better realize she's stunting my garden production!

#1492481 [Sep 18] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 19 September 2017 - 09:42 AM

Planning the garlic beds. Prepping to paint my daughter's room (hell yeah she's helping!). Rescuing ripe figs from pests. Slowly closing the book on this year's pepper harvest. I have a few holdout plants.

#1491591 What to charge?????

Posted by ako1974 on 15 September 2017 - 08:07 AM

"...but word is apparently getting around the 'hood that I grow a higher level of pod..."

I like that name - A Higher Level of Pod.


What starts with two people may escalate into pilgrimages from neighboring towns...



#1491444 Concentrated pain from peppers?

Posted by ako1974 on 14 September 2017 - 01:30 PM

There's all kinds of posts about where the pain hits, that being, tongue, lips, roof of mouth, back of throat as well as spreading, or concentrated, and the build, sustaining power, or decline, as well. Different capsaicinoids. Welcome to the club.

It's all in the name of science right?. Made me think of this guy:


Would you take the primo or the bullet ant?

#1491439 Ready for a little hotter

Posted by ako1974 on 14 September 2017 - 01:13 PM

This sounds like the perfect opportunity to grow your own peppers and customize the heat  :onfire:

#1490816 Year end and disappointed with yield

Posted by ako1974 on 12 September 2017 - 09:58 AM

The summer rain, low temps, and humidity didn't help me either, but now I'm recovering a bit as the weather has dried up a bit. In previous years, I picked earlier and was picking lots later. I am seeing a lower pepper yield, but it's been more about the maters. For example, last year I guess-timated about 120 pounds harvested, maybe more. This year, maybe 40 or 50. Early blight whacked them hard. 


Despite all that, I always plant way more than I need. So this year, my wife and I didn't go into intense acid cramps from eating fresh tomato brushcetta and salsa for 3 weeks straight. Plus eating tomatoes on the side. I gave away less harvest because there was less to give, but I still put up enough for our purposes for the winter. Gardening can be a cruel mistress, but when she's on, she's fantastic. 


And...it's years like these that I'm thankful to find a half-gallon of bhuts in the freezer from last year. Not that I truly needed them, but it gives me some wiggle room  :party:

#1490814 [Sep 11] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 12 September 2017 - 09:49 AM

Drying and freezing the bounty. Eating the bounty fresh. Garden cleanup so I can identify in which beds my garlic is going to be planted.

#1485408 Harvest time in the northeast

Posted by ako1974 on 21 August 2017 - 10:31 AM

Nice problem to have. 

#1484040 Red Mayan Habanero pod test

Posted by ako1974 on 16 August 2017 - 08:30 AM

Good review!

#1482387 [Aug 7] What are you working on this week?

Posted by ako1974 on 09 August 2017 - 01:11 PM

Slowly starting to harvest. Lamenting the early blight taking out my tomatoes. Some more herbs to dry and seed collection. Making no end of refrigerator pickles.

#1479194 Humidity

Posted by ako1974 on 28 July 2017 - 07:16 PM

I kinda thought it´s more to do with the temperature and less about the humidity?  All this rain has been a bit much, i guess, but my plants only seem to drop the flowers and smaller pods when the temperature creeps up past 95F?  But, now that you mention it, i have tons of pods that have been green on the vine for what seems like forever.  Is that a humidity thing?  I just keep staring at them, hoping they´ll ripen the F up soon.   


Purely observational on my part. The last 8-10 days have been 80 degrees or less with a lot of high humidity. My thinking is that no breeze, dense air, *mild* summer heat after high, dry heat has stalled out the peppers. I also agree with Moruga that August will have me picking enough peppers to keep in business. Next week looks to be mid- to high-80s, full sun, so hopefully that's the start of the push toward ripening.

#1479116 Hottest yellow/white super hot I have ever tried!

Posted by ako1974 on 28 July 2017 - 01:34 PM

Wow, good and brave review!


I watched it with my 10 year old daughter. She added some color:

"Just eat it, man!" She can't take the build-up.

"He wants to show us the pepper on the inside, what it looks like. He's an enthusiast."

Doesn't understand.


You eat the pepper.

"What's the matter with him? He looks like a 2 year old who lost his Teddy Bear."


"Do you remember when I made your cousin eat that hot pepper last summer? It's probably 10-20 times hotter than that."


Fear. "I'm never doing that!"