I till an 8th acre in the primordial ooze of what ten thousand years ago was the bottom of Lake Agassiz. I raise sweet corn, beans (green and otherwise), carrots, onions, all the usual suspects. But in the land of Bland White Sauce one must be diligent in his pursuit of great flavorful fruits like peppers, so much of my garden is dedicated to row upon row of various pepper plants. Some do quite well in the muck we call soil, some need extra attention. Anaheims are my greatest success, only once in the last ten years have I ordered bulk chiles from Hatch NM. I'm going to try to grow some more exotic varieties indoors, peppers that take their time germinating and producing pods, for instance.
...Oh, and I play bass in a classic ZZ Top-style power trio I call The Slab.
Favorite Hot Pepper
Favorite Hot Sauce
Warrantman Aggravated Assault and Homicide are my ketchups du jour
hot & greazzzzzy
Favorite BBQ Food
Smoked ribs & brisket
Favorite BBQ Sauce
Luling City Market (Luling Texas)
Chili... Beans or No Beans?
Favorite Beverage with Fiery Food
Grain Belt Nordeast
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I have an abundance of open pollinated Turbo Pube, Ecuadorian Red Rocoto, Aji Amarillo, Aji Mango, Numex Big Jim and a slumgullian of interbred (because of how they were grown in a cluster) Anaheims. Yes, I have other seeds, you'll have to ask and I'll have to look...
Update on sickly Big Apple Red: I removed most of the more severely affected leafage, the immediate node growth, though mis-shapen and wrinkly, seems to be healthy. New growth appears robust and NORMAL.
Note the attempt at overachievement at the fork. This plant no doubt sensed a threat.
And compare to the Aji Largo to the right. Nothing was moved or isolated throughout this event, the Largo has been unaffected, as were every other plant. I've decided to go with nutrient anomaly. Or a genetic brain fart.
I'm 200 miles from Hugo. No problem, I have frozen Big Jims from last season I may make do...
Every damn Rocoto I have. Around 18 still waiting for a bigger home. Right now I don't know whether they'll all get one. Peruvian Red and Rocoto Rojo OWs are starting to produce impressively. They're forecasting a swing from mild/chilly 60s & 70s to mid-high 80s after today. Last year I saw massive blossom drop when this occured.
I didn't bother planting the 8th acre this year. I might get a few of the Darlin' Bride's bells out there, but pretty much all the good peppers are going into 3+ gallon containers.
No, only sun is a very early hour to hour and a half and same at sundown. It never even went into transplant shock, just settled in and went to work. None of the 12+ other rocotos are affected in any way.
Our shit spring continues into summer: 50s, 60s and almost constant overcast. Snotty drizzly rain daily.
Big Apple Red Rocoto, transplanted a couple weeks ago. This happened overnight Saturday. No idea if it's a pest, a nute, a disease or what. It's suddenly there. No fertilizer applied. Note the slow radiading from top down. It seems to have either quit or slowed dramatically, but obviously the damage is done.
Temps are finally moderating here. 60s mostly, maybe some 70s soon? We still see very little sunlight.
Well, enough of that. Check this out:
This is for you hopeless chile romantics and eternal pepper optimists out there. This pic was taken this morning, Memorial Day. The plant is a Sri Lanka Chilli Red, from seed I took out of a pod sent by Pepper Guru used to pad a SFRB carrying a bottle of Aji Lemondrop Growdown sauce.
The seed (one of more than a half dozen in that cell) was planted on March 1. ALMOST THREE MONTHS TO GERMINATION! How often does this happen? I left the tray on the heating pad because I'm still trying to get Big Jims to pop.
Speaking of which, I know it's late, but is there a good online source fo live plants out there? The local nurseries have bupkis for Anaheims of ANY kind...
A few years ago (my first year growing beyond Anaheims, Jalas and Bells), Malarky sent me a Christmas card full of seeds, including a variety called Rocoto Amarillo. He explained that the weird black seeds came from a member named Greenchilemonster.
I was green and never thought to save seeds then, but I made an ambrosia jelly of those Rocoto Amarillos. I want to make more, but can't find the seed anywhere, at least by that name....
I have a photograph that no one will ever see of me and my son coming out from under a creek bridge on a dirt road between Babbitt and Thunder Bay MN, after stopping for a quick bladder relief on a trip to the North Shore. The mosquito swarm was so thick all over both of us that our upper bodies and faces actually looked obscured.
Only place bugs are worse than northern MN is just about anywhere in Canada....except our mosquitos carry a quarter of the death-dealing diseases your tropical strains do...