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#1575477 TheGreenChileMonster 2018

Posted by stettoman on 14 August 2018 - 05:26 PM

Hey Dale, tell me more about the Aji Arnaucho you sent me. For a month it had 2 pods on it, then two weeks ago a third one, this morning it's just bursting with blossoms and pods. I'm reading some conflicting data (ok, more like confounding), thought maybe you could straighten me out.


It's one of only two chinense I have growing this year, would like to know more about the little boogers....Like what's ripe with these guys...

#1575418 2018 - The Farm

Posted by stettoman on 14 August 2018 - 12:29 PM

Sweet corn price fluctuates wildly here, especially the local stuff, which is just starting to come in heavy. Right now I see a lot of it @ $6/dozen, but I wouldn't pay or charge that unless it was worm free and picked same day.


It goes as low as $2.50/dozen for ratsass stuff grown next to the field corn, which around here you really have to pay attention to planting schedules to get a more isolated pollination.


I planted mine way late this year, it's just now tasseling, I think I'm good for the purist strain I've ever grown! Heck, even the wheat is already cut up here...



#1575396 SKULLBIKERíS Letís See How It Goes in 2018 GLOG

Posted by stettoman on 14 August 2018 - 10:45 AM

Nice. That you're in MN is encouraging. This time of year I'm usually developing my sense of frost panic, esp. for peppers & the larger toms. You appear to have it under control.



#1574356 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 09 August 2018 - 10:59 AM

I wanted to grow that one too but didn't wanna harass frank for them.

Is it an annumm?

Yea Andy, anuum, and I have a feeling harassing Frank will be worth it! When I asked him, Every seed outlet I went to were out of them. If I play my cards right I won't have to harass Frank again!

#1574349 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 09 August 2018 - 10:09 AM

I guess I'll do a photo update in a week or so, but I have a queer one I'd like to share.


Frank, the Moruga Welder, sent me a collection of seeds during the off-season after I requested some Antep Aci Dolma seeds. Man do they look yummy! So in any case, I'm growing a total of five out of all that I planted, and all are flowering and setting fruit, including one very strange specimen:


I don't know if the camera translates this as well as the naked eye, but there are no "normal" leaves on this plant:




A bit more closely:




The other four plants look like regular pepper plants:




Like I said, ALL of these plants are flowering and setting pods, right now the largest are about an inch across. But the malformed plant has blossom groupings from Hell:




Some nodes I've counted as many as 6 blossom pods, and I'm sure if I looked more closely I'd find even more concentrated nodes. I was wondering if this is common with growers and if perhaps I should try to get seed from this one...


I'm gonna have dreams, man. Dreams that this thing pulls itself out of the ground and comes looking for me....

#1574339 Guru's Garden - Traveling the World in Search of Peppers

Posted by stettoman on 09 August 2018 - 09:06 AM

The soup looks yummy, Rich. I can only imagine the aroma.


Of course the proof is in the pickin'. The Dude will abide....

#1574338 2018 - The Farm

Posted by stettoman on 09 August 2018 - 09:02 AM

Bureaucrats, seem to be the curse that keeps on taking, universally, nationwide. Most, if not all, give a rat's shiny hiney what benefit your operation will be to the community. Sorry for your aggravation, Trent.



#1574330 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 09 August 2018 - 07:46 AM

Since we lost our salsa/hot sauce supplier a few years ago I've occasionally taken to ordering myself a treat. I order it because I live in the vast wasteland of bland white sauces and though there are a number of hot sauces on the store shelves, they are ALL corporate varieties like Tobasco and Chalula. We don't even have Fred's up here (*edit* I meant Frank's. See how deprived we are? Can't even remember their names!!).


My treats showed up yesterday, my first with Lucky Dog. The Merfs? well, I was looking for a lime-based seafood sauce, this stuff is surprisingly tasty.




The 8th acre and container pubes are hitting a production stride, finally. My Large Orange Thai is lagging, though. I believe I will attempt to dig that one up for an extended season in the house when frost comes....

#1573425 Show Us Your Pubes! Group GLOG From The Rocoto Giveaway

Posted by stettoman on 05 August 2018 - 10:15 AM

An ode to open pollination?


These two pubes are both Peruvian Reds, and they don't translate well in the photos, but the blossoms are very different in color. The lower plant has a striated lavender petal, while the one up top is a a very standard looking purple...




From the front of the blossom it's harder to tell. First is the lower on, second the upper..





And here's that worm-attacked Ecuadorian, still alive, looks like it's dying, but has held it's face like this for some many days, no yellow, no dropping anything:




And yes, flowers and possible podlet!!






#1573392 NewMexican Chiles in the Midwest

Posted by stettoman on 05 August 2018 - 08:11 AM

I second the pork green chili, we make 4-5 gallons at a time and freeze leftovers as soup, sauce over tostadas, etc.

Roasting day is almost a religious event here. I use them fresh and skin on for garden salsas and salads, and when I need more than "just hot" I use them as a flavor-added component in spicy dishes.

Most versatile pepper I know of.

#1573168 NewMexican Chiles in the Midwest

Posted by stettoman on 04 August 2018 - 08:35 AM


Big Jims have always put on really nice pods for me, and done so very early.  The only problem is, the plants are little sawed-off shits that never get more than about 15" tall for me. (and that's a tall one)  I literally have this tiny little bush of a plant, that is so laden down with humongous peppers, they drag all over the ground, and I have to protect them, lest they rot.  But damn, they make some big pods, in record time.  


One year, in another garden tilled from the holding pen behind an ancient abandoned barn, I grew an entire patch of, what I just called chile peppers back then, a dozen or more plants over 7 feet tall with the overpopulated huge pods you speak of. There are photographs somewhere, likely on an old hard drive in a closet.


That garden is about 12 miles from where I type. Unused. Now THAT is some dirt I'd like to get a dump truck full...


This year the Big Jims are as you say, a little over knee high. But mine aren't in a hurry this season.

#1572960 NewMexican Chiles in the Midwest

Posted by stettoman on 03 August 2018 - 07:45 AM

Damn! That’s a lot of peppers


That was just one of the many baskets full. Last year was an insane Green Chile harvest for us.

#1572838 NewMexican Chiles in the Midwest

Posted by stettoman on 02 August 2018 - 04:42 PM


Eric I'm looking at you...you always post that awesome picture of your basket full of big green chiles.






If I was smart (I am not), I'd be growing full plots of these damn things for sale.



#1572815 NewMexican Chiles in the Midwest

Posted by stettoman on 02 August 2018 - 03:56 PM

So I've found frozen Aji Amarillos and Larger Red rocoto so I'm thinking I may be able to continue to cook my peruvian faves without growing those...leaving me with a few open buckets.


One thing I can't seem to find locally is NewMex Chiles, and Dale's NewMexian Flog has me craving the southwest.

Does anyone have any experience to share about growing NewMexican Chiles in the midwest?

Looking for best yields and taste/heat and how they handle our shorter growing season. Good varieties to eat green or red?



Eric I'm looking at you...you always post that awesome picture of your basket full of big green chiles. what kind do you grow?



or maybe I should just buy a box and have them shipped 


ps i've got some big jim winner seeds, and some heritage and such, i'll check my supply

just starting to plan out 2019 :cheers:




Wow Matt, it's really a slumgullian I've always put in, a couple different Anaheims varieties mixed with a few NuMex, planted in tight rows that you KNOW are cross pollinating. This year I changed up and have ONLY Big Jims in (Tradewinds), and I'm kind of disappointed in their limited activity. I've always had fantastic luck with the Anaheims, don't know if it's the dirt or the way I hold my fat face....


Tell ya what, and I know it's a risk on your part, but I saved a bunch of seed from my ripe Anaheims last year, and you're welcome to as much as you want. I did have a SUPER harvest last year and my peppers actually had enough heat to impress my Mexican chef friend from Denver. But those pods were all open pollinated WAY!


And oh yeah, they eat great, green or ripe! Very thick and meaty, hell, I still got 5 five-pound chubs in the deep freeze waiting to be sauced (I need a recipe for a Latin-Lime Green Hotsauce).

#1572699 Stetto-grow 2018: Takin' another run at it.

Posted by stettoman on 02 August 2018 - 09:48 AM

I'm going to hijack my own glog for a moment. We had a visit from an unfortunate rarity yesterday morning. This vid is only 20 seconds or so long, so don't blink.


This poor critter was being ganged up on by its own species. I can't even fathom the mentality... :rolleyes:




Until yesterday it never crossed my mind that they even existed, but what really got to me was the energy the others put in to chasing this one off. At one point there was easily a dozen of them hot on this one's tail. I only caught the last moment of it being in the yard.


Haven't seen it since.