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State of the Garden -Late Fall 2021​

The whole of the fenced garden is 60x70 with 6" wove wire 8' tall
Starting last fall, we built the first beds inside the newly leveled and fenced garden area.
Garlic, shallots and a few fall greens were planted immediately.
This spring about 3/4 of the fenced area was put into typical garden vegetable production.
An additional 15x38' area was temporaily fenced and hand tilled for a crop of sweet corn and is currently in diakon radish for cover.

14 cuyd of mushroom compost were delivered last year, and 14 yd of Tru-leaf compost this year.
I had 4-8' beds made in spring 2020 or prior that were brought inside the fenced area -compost and all.
Only a few yards of the Tru-leaf remain unused.
The bed were filled with pure compost early on, but last winter I discovered the spot of an old feed lot (10-20 years old?) overgrown in poke, thistle, chicweed.
I cleared this by hand and grubbed out the poke roots.
I've hauled 5-10yd of the "bardyard dirt" and have been blending about 50/50 with the compost to fill beds.
Along with another smaller area of the same compostion I estimate almost 20 yards of very rich dark soil available for filling beds.

All my plantout beds are 42" wide
I'm in the process of building 4- 22', 8-10' and 8- 8' with 4' paths between them.
Some already have homemade concrete side panels 11.5" tall.
Some have 1.5" x 12" pine or fir sides
Some have been dug into the sandy clay subsoil 8-12" with the excavate mounded a few inches around the perimeter
Some beds have not been started except for a crop of Austrian Winter Peas being currently grown in the space currently planned for tomatoes
A 2' inner and 2' outer border for most of the 60x70 is being developed for herbs, flowers, asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, gourds, whatever.
Outside the garden on the north end, grass and weeds are being scalded out for red and black raspberries plants that are on order for a 60' row of each next spring

(Early Plans subject to change without notice)


2022 Peppers​

22' bed of sweet peppers (28)
Carmen F1 (Johnny's) -16​
Sulu Adana (self-saved) -2​
Ancient Sweet (self-saved) -1​
Jimmy Nardello (self-saved) -5​
Jimmy NarYellow (self-saved) -1​
Big Jim (2021-2021 Seedtrain)-3​

10' bed of medium hots (12)
Zapotec Jalapenos (Baker Creek) -4​
Yaki Blue Fawn (PaulG) -3​
Cabe Merah Panjang (self-saved) -1​
SB Papa Dreadie (self-saved) -4​

Potted or Mini-beds of Supers and Misc
Fatalli -1​
Aji Charapitas (Richmond Dave) -1​
Aji Ahuachapan (Harry_Dangler) -1​
Red Habanero (Richmond Dave) -1​
Shishito (self-saved and 2021-2021 Seedtrain)-2​

Potted Ornaments
UFO (Richmond Dave) -2​

16 Varieties
Total Pepper Plantouts Target -48

Sometimes I pre-soak 24hrs. Sometimes I don't.
Gerninate in starter mix in cups on a heatmat set to 85F

Transplant about 72 plants at coty stage (usually 14-28 days after sowing
4 trays of 18 allows for extras.
3.5" square x 5" deep P86D pots (43.75cu in each) in 18 pocket liners with Extra Heavy Duty 10x20 trays from Greenhouse Megastore
Uses about 2 cuft of 15gal of starter soil mix. (This seems like a lot but the calculator said 1.82 cuft)

Starter Soil recipe​

For 15 gallons
Start 30-60 days before needed for "aging" to allow beneficial fungal and microbial growth and organic nutrient breakdown to begin.
7.5 gal Sphagnum Moss​
3.75 gal Perlite​
3.75 gal Tru-Leaf compost​
2 cup Kelp Meal (1-0-2)​
3 cup Plantone (5-3-3)​
2 cup Comfrey Compost Tea (homemade)​
1/2 cup Feed Molasses (dissolve in the comfrey compost tea)​
2 cup Dolomite​
8 cup Glacial Rock Dust​

Mix throughly and store damp (not soggy) in waterproof container in place not subject to prolonged freeze. (Like in a contractor waste bag in a garage)

For an Early-Mid May plantout
Start chinensis Feb 1
Start baccatum Feb 21
Start annum March 7

I have a 50% shade cloth that I used for baby trees last summer that will come in handy for hardening plants off.
We live near a ridgetop and wind is vicious especially in, but not limited to, winter, spring, early summer and late fall.

Thanks for reading
advice welcome,
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So cool that you have a chili-head neighbor. Mine
moved away last summer, so I'm swingin' solo 😪

Chinenses looking marvelous!
The last wave, the Annum Class of 2022 is well popped at 11 days.


Shot a few blanks, but overall pretty good germ rate. Most of the fails were old seed I was giving one last chance.
I'll have to push something out the door to make room for this and some eggplants that are ready to up-pot.
As is, I'll put my keepers in my 3.5" by 5" deep and my 2nd string in 2.5" .
Come May, things will be able to sit outside most days, but I don't trust the ground until about the 10th on average.

Had 12yd of fairly hot mushroom compost delivered yesterday.
Guess I need to get my shovel and start mixing up the medicine.

Happy Peppering,
Where does the time go?

I've been in hand-to-hand combat with aphids for at least a month. The peppers have been moved outside to harden, though we are still dipping into the 40s. The wind and ladybugs seem to have the turned the tide, though every pepper I have deserves a purple heart. None are pretty, but no outright fatalities. Technically, the weather forecast won't kill 'em but my annums are not big enough anyway. I have only one bed ready. 3.5' x 10'
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I'll be getting kale. spinach, and cilantro out of the other two beds in the next few days.
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I do have a few Root Pouches with Cabe Merah in them and some hard pots too.
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I call this one Indonesian 5 star.

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This is the Inca Red Drop from Beth Boyd's seed starting to bloom with a Papa Dreadie.

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Except for tomatoes and chinense, this is most of my garden and flower stuff.
It's time to garden. Thanks for reading. Have fun out there.


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@JJJessee Things are looking good J. You're way ahead of me. I still need to finish row prep lol. We've got a couple 39's forecast for this weekend, so I guess I'm gonna schlep all the plants back inside. Aphids suck, but I've always had the same experience - get them outside and Mother Nature clears them up PDQ. Looking forward to your future success this Summer!
Whew! Hot out there. Only 80 but I'm not acclimated yet I suppose. Forecast is for some 90's over the weekend giving way to 70's and rain next week with warm nights. I'm mostly finished getting peppers in the ground.

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The sweet bed (mostly) finished yesterday

18-Carmen F1
4-Jimmy Nardello
3- Ajvarski
3-Sulu Adana
2-Ancient Sweet
2-NuMex 6-4

Today I filled a 10' bed

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2- JA Hab
2- Carribean Hab
2-NuMex Big Jim
2-Cabe Merah Pajang
1 - Cabe Merah Basar
1 - Cabe Merah Keriting
1 - Aji Strawberry Drop
1- Aji Panca
1- Aji Ahuachapan
1-Aji Amarillo

And in a corner by himself

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Matt's Varigated Jala

Still have a few to stick in Root Pouchs and that will get my train out of the station.

Not much change on the first bed, but I think they are adapting transplanting more gracefully than last year's offering.

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4- Zapotec Jalas
4- Papa Dreadie SB
4- Yaki Blue Fawn

And some kale that needs to come out soon.

I think counting the potted peppers that puts me at about 64, so with some extras to pot up I'll be around 6 dozen.

Which, in pepper math is a substantial cut back from the 3 dz or so I did last year.

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Things are lookin good J! It's gonna be a jungle in no time lol.