Sorry about the up and coming freeze. No fun there.
Got snow shoes for the mud?
Heh, you know I do....Question is, do you?
So my season's over, right? I bring in my Aji Amarillo, which actually started to ripen pods in mid-September (right on schedule) and my Aji Mango, which is loaded this year for a plant no taller than about 12", and a whole slew of Rcotos; Turbo Pube, Rocoto Rojo, Large Red, Giant Yellow, Ecuadorian Red, etc. and so forth. Around 11 plants. The ones I put in the studio downstairs, under lights, lost their leaves in two days. Only the Giant Yellow seems unaffected.
The plants in the window sills upstairs? Thriving. Still flowering, and the Aji Oro finally has a pod on it that doesn't look to be falling off. It was when inspecting that Aji Oro this morning that I noticed a tiny spider on one of the nodes. I looked closer and discovered that I have an aphid colony taking up residence.
My first aphids.
I have Neem Oil, which until today I thought I'd never have to use. I also intended to cut the plants back for winter, and we have a naturally occurring population of those ladybug aphid killers from local soybean fields. I probably got the aphids from those dammed soybean fields, now that I think about it....
So anyway, I have a small cache of seeds taken from the few honest to Gawd ripe peppers I got to pick before the freeze, so my planting next season will hopefully be mostly second generation Zone 3 Hardy. Except that everything was open pollinated, so.......
Working on chokecherry/Rocoto jelly this week, gonna taste good!!
Oh, and Scott---Remember that '98 Ram you fixed for me from 1500+ miles away? Clutch blew up about a month ago. I'm in a 2011 Ram now, got me a 60,000 mile warranty to go with it....