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Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo 2019 (June 29-30), who's going?

14 March 2019 - 05:12 PM





here's how the tickets are looking right now:




last year, i told myself i'd just buy a ticket at the door because eventbrite charges an extra fee to buy online, but i wonder if this is special earlybird pricing.

for comparison, here's the pricing from last year:






here's last year's thread: http://thehotpepper....hot-sauce-expo/


i was thinking it could be fun for us THPers to meet up! who's going and on which day (sat or sun)?


i'll bump this a few more times as the date draws near. hope to see some of you there  :dance:


favorite peas? (esp. for their tender, tasty shoots)

25 February 2019 - 06:51 PM

hey, about to do a baker creek seed order, and i'm trying to figure out what peas to get.


of course i love the pods (all kinds), but i'm a huge fan of pea tips:




maybe my favorite leafy green, i love ordering it stir fried with garlic at chinese restaurants


never grown peas before


i'm in illinois, near chicago


anyone know if some varieties are better than others for the edible shoots?




or if you don't know but have a general recommendation for a favorite cultivar, that's cool too


thanks, friends

broken branch -- will it heal after lashing?

12 February 2019 - 02:37 AM

lol, cat jumped into this plant while i was doing something in the other room.


major branch broke off. i put a drop of water on the wound and then tied it back together tightly with string.

i did it less than an hour after the injury. maybe even less than half an hour.








will the branch survive? taking bets  :D

sinensis grow log 2019 (with tomato grafting!)

12 February 2019 - 12:00 AM

hey all, giving this whole gardening thing another shot.
this is year number 2 for me, and i've got big plans, but we'll see how it goes, lol
i hope everyone has a great season!!!!
my basic findings for overwintering is that zero light doesn't work well.
they need light! but only a little is fine. leaving them by a window seems more than sufficient to keep them alive.
just trim off most of their branches (maybe down to 1 foot or so) and bring them inside if they aren't full of pests.
Carolina Reaper
this was outdoors in a 15gal root pouch / smart pot (breathable fabric):
it was my biggest pepper plant. a branch broke off while i was carrying it inside, but it's doing just fine.
here's another reaper, but this one's always been an indoor plant:
Bhut Jolokia (red)
Aji Lemon Drop
Scotch Brains
Jay's Peach Ghost Scorpion
these were super neglected small plants that i started last summer but never made it outside. they spent some time in darkness also.
i just recently transplanted them in these 5gal SIP buckets.
before transplanting, i cleaned out the buckets and modified them to use a fabric wick instead of a dirt-packed netpot.
i think this is a superior system because the dirt is always gonna erode out of your net pot wick eventually and then won't wick as well.
a fabric wick also won't foul up your reservoir.
to do this, i duct taped the net pot hole and then slid the fabric wick through the edge:
the wick is a 4x16" strip of cut from a 16x16" microfiber cloth from costco (packs are sold for car washing).
Yaki Blue Fawn
this one spent some extended time in low light. look at that crazy etiolation :(
idk what to do about it. suggestions?
it's got a fruit on it
From Seed:
i ordered some 0.5 fl oz condiment cups with lids from amazon. seems like the perfect size to start seeds with the paper towel method.
i did a 24 hour soak this year. i think it's a good strategy to speed things up and possibly combat mold by removing residual 'food' (pepper juice/debris). basically serves as a final seed rinse.
the individual condiment cups make it easy.
my germination chamber is a styrofoam cooler with a small light bulb wired to a variac (a dimmer switch would also work).
a gallon of water pre-warmed to 85°F was placed in there to act as a thermal reservoir to buffer outside temp changes.
without the water, the temp swings by 5°F or more throughout a 24hr cycle. with the water, it swings only 1-3°F.
i know this because i have a thermometer in there that logs high/low and can be reset.
every couple days, i look at it and slightly tweak the variac knob if needed to keep it close to 85°F.
now for the grow list!!
this year, i want to give myself more variety. not just superhots. i want some good milds and mediums too!
started 2/6:
NuMex 6-4
NuMex Big Jim
7 Pot Primo Red
Galapagos Isabella Habanero
Bahamian Goat
Papa Dreadie Scotch Bonnet
Chocolate Scotch Bonnet
Peach Gum v3
Aji Fantasy Yellow
Bishop's Crown
Sugar Rush Peach
tomatoes started 2/6:
Green Zebra
Brandywine Black
Dr. Wyches Yellow
Arkansas Traveler
University of Florida Klee Lab: Garden Gem
University of Florida Klee Lab: Garden Treasure (brandywine)
University of Florida Klee Lab: "W" Hybrid
started 2/9:
Aleppo / Halaby
Pimiento Cristal
started 2/10:
Turkish Cayenne
started 2/11:
Sri Lanka Kandy Chili Red (growdown throwdown pepper)
i also said what the hell and ordered some seedlings from juanitos peppers:
Aji Lemon Drop
Biquinho (Baccatum, almost heatless, sweet juicy drop)
Brazilian Starfish
Habanada (heatless hab, snacking pepper)
Habanero Paper Lantern
West Indes Red
Scotch Bonnet MoA
Jays Peach Ghost Scorpion
Scotch Brain
they'll arrive hopefully after the last frost here.
2/11 progress report on tomatoes:
there we go!!
also, i want to experiment with tomato grafting this year.
the idea is that you can get crazy vigorous plants, disease-resistant roots, and possibly double the tomato yield.
here's an intro you can read if you're curious:
i ordered 100 each of estamino and maxifort seeds from paramount:
anyone ever try grafting peppers onto something like maxifort? i wonder if it's worthwhile.

ripening pods indoors (cut branches)

12 November 2018 - 10:41 PM

if the season's done and you don't want to overwinter plants and bring (pest filled?) soil indoors, you can try just bringing branches in and keeping them in water.


i tried it, and it seems to work.


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this branch has been indoors for 3 weeks? 4 weeks? something like that

that's in the basement with very little light.


most of those pods weren't ripe originally.


the leaves shriveled up pretty quick, and most of them fell off. but the branch still looks good and green. looks alive.