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  •  web, what are the types (6+ / 0-)

    of peppers you have there?  

    I'm always trying to learn more about peppers and failing. And the chiles that people in the Southwest rave about... I don't think they have them here.  


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 07:01:16 AM PDT

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    •  Here They Are, From Left To Right (7+ / 0-)

      Peppers II (8/16/13)

      Japenese eggplant (clearly not a pepper), jalapeno, hot banana, cowgirl cayenne (the top right), red cherry, and habanero.

      I am not an expert on peppers, but have learned a lot growing them the last three years. So ask questions if you have them.

      In the three years I've grown them almost success across the board. Now I live in southern IL, so we have a pretty hot summer (90-110) from mid-late June through August (this year much cooler).

      They just grow and grow. First year I killed most of my other stuff, cause I planted everything too close together. Peppers were a total success.

      Last year everything grew, but nothing flowered. I got almost NOTHING. But I got the stuff in a little late and planted in late June when the temp was 110+ for 14 days. Again nothing died, but just didn't flower.

      I also think part of this was I used raised beds, make my own organic soil, and I didn't add anything like compost or manure to the soil after the first year.

      I did that this year. Better spacing with the non-peppers, and stuff is growing beyond my wildest dreams.

      Tomato Garden (8/13)

      My three tomato plants and one eggplant from about three weeks ago. Again I was late planting this year (again) and my tomatos are just starting to get ripe, and I fear I will have by my count around 35-40 tomatoes almost all at once. Salsa canning time (which I have no idea how to do BTW).

      Pepper Garden (8/13)

      My peppers from the same time.

    •  Oh One Other Point "joanneleon" (5+ / 0-)

      I am a trial and error kind of guy. The first year I got most of my peppers from a local green house and they had EVERYTHING. Maybe 15-20 kinds of peppers. I am sure if you have something like that by you, well you can find anything you want.

      I didn't log what I grew the first year, but about 110% sure I had a few exotic, or SW type/strain of peppers.

      Got the rest of the plants at a Lowes and a few from my local feed store. Yes my small rural town I have a feed and seed store.

      I did notice that what I got at my local store, half the price and like half the size when I bought them, in the end grew better and produced a lot more then what I got at the "big box" store.

      So that is where I get everything now. Not even sure there is a "brand" name on the side of the plants.

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