Peppers Planted


| 3/10/2009 1:52:35 PM


Tags: gardening, peppers,

Debbie NowickiThe month of March brings exciting happenings in the world of gardening. We “spring ahead” by turning our clocks forward an hour in March to usher in the arrival of Spring and with this much anticipated arrival, we begin to start planning and planting our seeds! Starting seeds is a ritual that brings pure excitement to the gardener’s soul! The basic ingredients necessary are soil, seed, water and light.

My herb seeds were started a few weeks ago and the lettuce seed indoors just recently. This week the peeper seeds found a home in the soil and will be under my watchful eye until I see the first sprout and then until they are transplanted outside.

Peppers are relatively easy to grow and they claim their space in the garden and stay there … they don’t roam all over or invade the space of others. I found that they do take a little longer to germinate but once established they are a hardy plant and a good candidate for the first time garden grower. There are many varieties to choose from and sweetness versus hotness is one of the main components when deciding which pepper to grow.

Peppers

My pepper list this year includes; Red Mini, Jimmy Nardello, Marconi, Tam Jalapeno, Alma Paprika, Long Cayenne, Purple Beauty and Padron. All I have grown in previous years; except the Purple Beauty, first year for this one. I planted or potted up the seeds two different ways; either in individual pots or in a whole flat. The reason I did this is there are several varieties I hope to grow in mass quantities; such as the Jalapeno for canning:

Basket of canned peppers

ozarkhomesteader_1
4/10/2010 5:57:57 PM

I grow a red mini called red poppers. They're fabulous for appetizers and as mini-stuffers or just to slice for salad for two people. I'm leaving the cayenne peppers to my husband this year in favor of red peters. They are holding their vivid red color as they dry and have a great flavor: http://ozarkhomesteader.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/red-peter-pepper-selecting-seed-for-color-flavor-drying-qualities-and-the-spice/ You've got a great selection, including many that are regulars in our garden!


razor family farms
4/24/2009 9:43:03 PM

I love the colors! The soup sounds wonderful! Blessings, Lacy Razor NEWS @ Razor Family Farms (GRIT.com blog) www.razorfamilyfarms.com


sally be
3/18/2009 7:10:03 PM

Very interested in learning from members


sally be
3/18/2009 6:10:35 PM

Very interested in learning from members


lori
3/12/2009 7:07:07 AM

Debbie, We love peppers, and use them in lots of dishes. Your soup recipe sounds yummy! I can't agree more with your warning about using caution when handling and harvesting hot peppers! I had a bit of an incident while doing up some hot peppers, and I thought I was being careful. Without going into detail, I had a hot nose and burning eyes before all was said and done! It wasn't pretty!


cindy murphy
3/10/2009 2:46:25 PM

Wow! So many different varieties of peppers! I'll have venture away from the typical bell and cayennes that we usually plant, and experiment with those red mini peppers, (they look so cute), and the Alma paprika ones sound good too. This is kind of a strange piece of useless information, but when we lived in Northern Kentucky, right outside of Cincinnati, all the fruit markets in the area called common bell peppers "mangos". Nobody knew the reason, and we never found out why a green pepper would be called the name of a tropical fruit. I'm going to have to try the roasted pepper and tomato soup recipe, Debbie. It sounds delicious.





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