Things are progressing nicely, but I think the plants are suffering a bit with the crazy heat lately. It's been in the upper 90s constantly. The plants at the big spot seem to be doing better, maybe because they have more shade.
The big spot. After I took this pic I raked up all the grass clippings and mulched the plants with them. I didn't do that last year but it's working out nicely. The groundhog is to thank for that big spot with no plants. I've seen it a couple of times, galloping away and crashing through the woods like the t-rex in Jurassic Park, it's huge.
Plants at the big spot.
Ghosts at the smaller spot, suffering from the heat.
Fatalis. Suffering a bit more.
In other news, I got the go ahead from the food inspector to start turning my basement into a commercial kitchen. At least enough of one for the fermentation phase, I'm still planning to do the cooking and bottling at the really nice one in Jackson county. They have this awesome bottling machine that's worth the money alone. Here's a video:
I always joke with people at the farmer's market, don't worry I used a certified commercial kitchen, I'm not just some guy making hot sauce in his basement. I guess I'll have to retire that one, lol. If I can't get it done in time I have some friends who are also working on building a commercial kitchen a lot closer than the other one I used, so I might wind up there. And if that falls through I'll just use the same place as last year, not that I have any complaints there, it's just a longer drive. Last year I would go pick a couple hundred pounds of peppers on Friday night, then drive about an hour to get there the next morning, chop up peppers for 12 hours, drive home, then go back up the next day for another long ass day of chopping peppers. It would be a lot more convenient if I could go pick 50 pounds or so after work and do up one carboy every night of the week if I want to. I'll also be able to monitor the fermentation much closer, regulate the temp better, and cap the carboys off when main fermentation is done, so I'm less likely to get kahm.
Now I just need to go buy a bunch of drywall and stuff and get to work. If only I weren't such a lazy bastard, lol.