Orange bonnet. The heat wave a couple weeks ago was really hard on him.
Orange bonnet pods. Doesn't really show in the picture, but there are SO many. Will have to take them down and process them soon.
Yellow bonnet. Gave these away because I just couldn't. Friend who took them says he sucks at gardening, but likes to make fermented sauces. The cooked sauce I've made from them is really tasty.
This is the clone of the brown DouglahT vole plant I kept. Not sure I'll get pods from this guy.
Taking down bowlfuls like this.
I've got more oranges than I know what to do with. They make delicious powder. I made one batch of sauce from them (WAY hotter than the yellow bonnets) and have dried all the rest for powder. I sat for three hours seeding and slicing last weekend.
Haven't been around much; haven't had much to say. A little blasphemy: I'm really enjoying the powders and sauces I've made, but I'm getting sick of growing and processing chili peppers. I just bit off too big a bite for my first go at this. I will scale things back considerably next year.
You know, the vast majority of people don't have a hope in hell of experiencing the flavor nuances in something as mild as a habanero. I'm so glad you're enjoying the genuinely hot and tasty stuff Unc.
I may have to go cuss at the sun. The "feels like" temperature has been around 110° down here. That's so much BS. No way 110 in the desert feels anything like being in this sweatbox. Anyways, one of my sharpei plants growing in a real hay bale is suffering from the wilt. I lost one in another bale a while back, same symptons so this one is enjoying intensive care mode now.
I am cursed with an abnormally acute olfactory sense, which is great for eating peppers and drinking beer and what, but absolutely sucks in every other facet of life.
I didn't expect to love a superhot.. Confuses my nascent plans for next year..
Yep, we're right there with you - 109° and downright swampy. Sucks.
My new hummingbird feeder has attracted more bees and wasps than hummingbirds, but most of the bugs visit my pepper flowers, too! Frankie loves to chomp at sky raisins, though, and there are so many more spicy ones around now I worry she'll catch one..
Put up some shade cloth yesterday. My poor plants suffered in this week's heatwave. A few green pods dropped, nothing major, but it was a harrowing experience. Angrily shaking my fist at the sun made a difference, I think.
I'm really only growing Reapers because he wanted them. I saw it as a novelty and wasn't really interested. To be honest, I was skeptical of the whole superhot thing, thinking they must give up a lot in flavor to focus on heat. Having now tried these DouglahTs (still haven't tried a Reaper - dear brother has urgent plans for a hot sauce) I know how deeply wrong that assumption was. I can't get over how good these DouglahTs taste.
I've still got one plant in the ground, a Reaper. I limbed up the tree it's under before planting it, but I couldn't reach high enough without being unsafe with my ladder, so the plant is in shade all day. It's growing nicely, but no flowers.
My bro has a big piece of land a couple hours away and wants the plant. I'll be going down there in a week and a half, leaving in the late morning. There's little doubt it'll be 95° and very humid. He'll have a hole ready.
I've never moved a plant out of the ground.. How should I do this?
Cut around the plant with a spade, pry it up out of the ground.
Moisten the root ball, wrap it in plastic.
Wrap the plant with something for transport?
Keep the plant in a (cool?) shady spot until dusk.
Plant in the hole, water.
Any of that wrong? Missing steps or considerations? I figure I'll wait as long as I can before I disturb the plant, ideally just before I leave for the boonies. Or would it be better to dig up the plant earlier in the morning when it's not so hot?