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Journal 8-30-16

Truly, Hound is a noble beast.

Kevin’s friend Ana is a Thai chef, and she grows her own peppers in pots for the sauce she makes. When she found out that Kevin’s new wife was a gardener, she brought me one dried pepper. I split it open and started the seeds, since you’re supposed to start peppers and tomatoes indoors and planted them out, and they did terribly and I was convinced I’d killed them all.

I don’t mind killing plants for the most part–gardeners slaughter plants right and left, it’s part of the process–but these were special. She’d brought them from Thailand decades ago, and you can’t exactly go out to the nursery and buy a beloved variety given as a gift to an old friend’s wife. So I was sad. I also hadn’t started any other peppers this year, because I didn’t want them to cross-pollinate.

And then Kevin looked in exactly the right spot and there it was. One of the ones I’d planted out and which had turned to a tiny, dying nubbin, and I had given up. But I hadn’t planted anything else in that planter, in case the planter was the problem, and apparently it pulled through and has been quietly growing all this time.

Kevin ate one and turned colors and assured me that yes, it was one of the Thai peppers. If I dry all these, I might get enough seeds to grow them with slightly less panic next year.

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I'm going to have to try peppers next year. A coworker gifted me with a handful of Carolina Reapers, and I'm almost afraid to use them. I'm thinking jalapenos might be more my speed.

Honestly, I found the reapers nearly useless except for machismo. They also apparently have a pretty low germination rate, so don't feel bad if you don't have luck getting seeds out of them. Jalapenos are easy, and if you can't get the seeds to start, plugs are available on every street corner.

I usually have great luck with hot peppers--bell peppers defeat me every time, though.

For what it's worth, in my California garden the regrettably named Gypsy peppers (hybrid sweet pepper) are a reliable producer of very tasty peppers all season long. I've also had luck with Round of Hungary. This year I tried King of the North bell peppers and a generic yellow bell and they've been useless, but the Gypsy plants are over three feet tall and still covered in peppers. :)

That toad is doing a marvelous job of looking like a dirty rock. I was wondering why you were showing us a dirty rock until I looked again and saw the eyes, and figured out that the bits of detritus were legs.

Good luck with the pepper!

Thank you fir this useful article! I'm going to have to try peppers next year too )))


Going to have to try peppers again next year. I had a half dozen of them, and those that weren't eaten by the slugs turned yellow and shrivelled up before they got beyond the dozen or so leaves stage. I think we're maybe a bit far north though for them... [up round York, in England.]

Personally, I'm always mildly surprised when I plant something and it grows, because usually they don't. Although, the garden is full of plants that mysteriously arrived somehow...and not all weeds. Lots of Mysterium Dandyfinio too...

Peppers like warm soil and don't like wet feet. I've had amazing success with cayennes in Earth Boxes (better drainage) but you can find DIY instructions on the intarwebz for similar planters. York is far enough north* that you might want to start your peppers inside super-early to give them a head start, if you can.

*Minneapolis is at the same latitude as Nice.

Right there with you. I saved seeds from a tiny and delicious little Thai watermelon (football shaped, smaller than a football, bright yellow flesh), but the seeds went all moldy and I feel like a plant abuser.

If you have the window space, hot peppers can be grown in planter pots and brought indoors to overwinter (at least once, possibly more).

They won't produce peppers in the winter unless you manually pollinate or also overwinter a bee hive indoors, both of which seem about equally too much trouble for anyone in their right mind; but they will have a major head start in the spring, allowing a significantly larger crop than otherwise.

I've successfully overwintered tomato sprigs like this (indeterminate ones anyways), and they always do very well once winter has passed and they're back out and in the ground.

I love the imagery of an indoor beehive!

It might work with mechanical bees ....

I had ornamental peppers self-seed from last year in one of the pots. Other than thinning them out, I didn't have to do much. To me, they look like thai chilis, but google-fu says they're not -- being mostly heat and no flavor. Which I can attest to. I used some for a Thai dish... next time, I'm only using three of the little buggers.

I accidentally let my basil go to seed as well. I now have three "volunteers" in the next pot over. They're at transplant size, so I'll put one in the garden along with some cherry tomatoes to see if I can get a start on next year's garden. (where a petunia got volunteered/voluntold, probably by a bird.

"I don’t mind killing plants for the most part–gardeners slaughter plants right and left, it’s part of the process"

This. I have the worst time with this. And also with letting go of plants that just aren't making it, which I really need to do, as most of the time once I've tossed them on the compost/in the woods, they do quite well.

I have a hard time throwing away the bits of houseplants that I pinch off to encourage branching/fullness. I usually wind up with a lot of the same plant in various sizes.

I first read that Ana is a chai thief. I need more coffee.

Hound is a mighty hunter!

Yay! Thai chilis are pretty great for curry - I am typically lazy enough to just make curries with paste, but they definitely have more punch if you add chilis.

Lovely little frog!

Oh it is a delight to find something you thought dead survived.

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