Jump to content


The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards Winners Announced!


Member Since 19 Nov 2011
Online Last Active Today, 09:56 PM

#1471737 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 30 June 2017 - 08:12 AM

Beautiful plants, Chuck! You've done such a great job protecting and nurturing them and I know they appreciate every ache you have. Shade cloth is almost a necessity here in CO, especially with your high temps lately. I wish I had room for a green house for growing peppers, but they'll have to be content n pots on the patio.

Best of harvests for your gorgeous plants. Enjoy the summer with your son, and keep safe.

#1468903 Red flags of "newbie" seed scammers on THP

Posted by catherinew on 20 June 2017 - 12:36 PM

Thanks for the reminder. I got really scammed by a person close by. Too kind. So now I just ignore the requests if the name is not familiar.


And, put this list on 'sticky'.


Send them to legitimate web sites to order their own seeds, especially THP members.

#1468000 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 17 June 2017 - 08:03 AM

Such an extensive and informative glog for us all to enjoy and get excited for your garden, your hoop house, your hard work. Make sure you save and print every one of your comments and pictures, and make a binder for future reference. It's always fun to peruse your previous years' accomplishments and see where you hope to improve. You and your son have put so many hours of hard work into your garden projects. Smile and enjoy. Have a safe and fun Father's Day.

#1463980 [Jun 5] What are you working on this week?

Posted by catherinew on 05 June 2017 - 12:57 PM

Trying to plant peppers if Mother Nature will co-operate. 8 more tomatoes to plant - in pots. Mulch tomatoes and peppers in ground.


'Get-rid-of' the leftover tomato and pepper plants. Think I have a person for the peppers, so now . . . the tomatoes.

#1458220 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 20 May 2017 - 09:42 AM

Oh, I see. Thought something went wrong and had to replant peppers.

I'll cut back to 100 plants next year. That's half of what I planted this year. I grow plants for my uncle in San Diego. I send him some every year. I may grow for a few others as well.

My goal is to not plant earlier and earlier. Which is what I've been doing the past few years. These Chinese and wilds are very long season plants. I want to start later and later. I think I've found a system were I can sow seeds two months later. That puts me from January to March. The real test is the hoop house. I'll see how long I can extend my season. I need to confide in a member here that can help me with the setup. Its going to be a hydro to soil. That will take less pressure off. I've had these plants since January. Had a little hiccup with soil, but Im back on track.

I wonder how Anthony is doing?

Anthony - if you're here, let us know how things are going for you.


He wrote that he was busy with his kids since they're getting older and in sports. I'm glad that he's back at his 'old' job closer to home. Haven't heard from him since March.


I started peppers later this year, but may change that to even later, maybe first week in Feb. and later for annuums. Your hoop house is a great asset for keeping on track and hardening off those plants. Best of luck with the new setup.


It's so nice to have that backup place where you can extend the growing season. Show us pics in December!

#1458196 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 20 May 2017 - 08:32 AM

Thanks you, Jane. You are to kind. This storm was quick. I was caught off guard. I don't have cables television. No news. Have to look on my phone for anything.

I really would like to put some sort of shelving in. I was thinking maybe some stand up wire shelves on both sides of the door. I may redesign next year and cut back on plants. I need to come up with a magic number of plants, and stick to it.

You just planted seeds this last week?

If you would like me to send you some plants, let me know.

Chuck, I planted beans, cucumbers, carrots, some flowers on May 15. There's still snow on the ground so I can't see if anything came up or rotted. Thanks again for your plant offer. Thanks to you, I have lots of pepper plants from your seeds. Like you, I may cut back on the number of plants. Who knows? It's beginnng to become a chore. Or maybe I have too many tomato plants? I need a cut-off number of plants. This year was way too many. Again.

#1457586 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 18 May 2017 - 05:18 PM

The plants did good. Two more days of weather and tomorrow night being the coldest. Its a good test for what to expect this Fall. I would like a little house like yours. Would be a lot cheaper to heat in the Spring. I would just put baking racks in it for flats of plants.

I hope Denver doesn't get hit hard. Jane is over there, and I believe she has plants in gardens already. They got hit with golf ball size hail a week ago.


Thanks for the well wishes, Chuck. The hail was horrible, and today's snow is unbelievable for May 18. I only planted seeds on May 15, and brought in all the plants last night. Whew. This storm came a day earlier than predicted. You did such a great job on your hoop house that your babies must be quite happy.


I'm guessing plant out date for me will now be June 1. I still love Colorado, hail and all!


You should put shelves in your hoop house for the babies. It'll be perfect for you.

#1457207 [May 15] What are you working on this week?

Posted by catherinew on 17 May 2017 - 04:33 PM

:mouthonfire:   Looking nice!!

#1456946 [May 15] What are you working on this week?

Posted by catherinew on 16 May 2017 - 04:54 PM

1 - hail cleanup

2 - seed planting, but with snow/rain predicted, seeds will probably rot.

3 - trying to harden off plants, but little sun

4 - frustrating May wrt gardening

5 - I want Pex Peppers Pueblo chiles

#1455079 Am I doing organic fertilizer right for my pepper plants?

Posted by catherinew on 11 May 2017 - 09:16 AM

Your soil index says:

  • Ready-to-use soil for planting flowers, vegetables and herbs in flower beds and gardens
  • Includes a slow-release fertilizer that feeds up to 9 months getting your plants off to a great start
  • Use in new and existing flower and vegetable gardens to improve soil
  • Rich in organic matter that conditions and improves your existing soil structure
  • Compressed bale expands to yield up to 3 cubic feet of rich garden soil
  • For in ground use or raised bed gardens

Your soil has fertilizer and some organic matter. I wouldn't add anything for about a month, then start using liquid fertilizers. You can always add worm castings, coffee grounds, but not in a large quantity.


And good luck.


You're off to a great start. You probably won't need vermiculite with this soil, though I've never used it.


IMHO - for this year, take it slow, water when the plant needs it from the bottom, start fertilizing with liquid fertilizer in June, don't worry about all of the other additives. Read up on how the experts here work with their plants. There are lots of them here. Next year you'll be one of them, too.


#1455072 Am I doing organic fertilizer right for my pepper plants?

Posted by catherinew on 11 May 2017 - 08:44 AM

Like solid said, be patient with your growing plants. Trying to be organic is great, but it takes time for these products to break down and add nutrients to your soil. You can't just add non-composted material and expect miracles.


Find a good all around liquid fertilizer like fish emulsion or kelp or other liquid organic fertilizer. I like 'Age Old' products as well as 'Alaskan'.


Good luck with your plants. Don't overwater. TLC is great but overkill isn't.

#1454199 [May 8] What are you working on this week?

Posted by catherinew on 08 May 2017 - 01:52 PM

I've been harvesting blueberries, strawberries, hula berries, goji berries, mulberries and raspberries every morning for breakfast


Jealous, jealous, jealous.

#1453474 Are Bonnie Plants Crap Or What?

Posted by catherinew on 05 May 2017 - 09:57 PM

Just my opinion - I would not spend $$ on Bonnie Plants. Most that I've grown in the past were stunted or diseased and I hated to waste the space trying to grow them.

#1452873 Favourite tomato variety

Posted by catherinew on 04 May 2017 - 12:26 PM

I love tomatoes!! This year I'm growing reds, pinks, blacks, paste, cherry. Aussie, Chapman, Cosmonaut Volkov, Cuostralee, Daniel Burson, Daniels, Grosse Serge, Negrillo, Jazz, etc. About 25 varieties. I try to grow mostly heirlooms, but have a hybrid or two.


There are a lot more varieties these days. Check out nurseries and even Home Depot and Lowes. Don't buy Bonnie Plants, my opinion.

#1452024 OCD 2017!!!

Posted by catherinew on 01 May 2017 - 07:06 PM

Such a beautiful hoop house and a great helper. Your hard work is showing!  Now we need to see all of your babies planted and protected.


Any plans for next year??