Hot Peppers for 2017

On March 6, in the midst of a deep freeze outside, I finally gave in and stuck seeds into dirt. I decided to skip the Habaneros this year. I also cut out the Jalapenos again. They grew so well two years ago, but I found that I did not use them as much as I had planned. So I’m using the space I would have used on Jalapenos and add some more Cayenne, which will be dried and used as spice for food.

I sowed (on March 6th):

  • 6 peat pellets of ‘Long Red Cayenne Slim’
  • 2 peat pellets of ‘Kung Pao Hybrid’
  • 2 peat pellets of ‘Seranno’
  • 2 peat pellets of ‘Hungarian Wax’

The Serrano was the first to poke its head up, followed closely by the Hungarian Wax and Kung Pao…

Then nothing from the Cayenne. I waited until the 15, and still no sign of life. In the meantime, I added some of the seeds from the same packet into a wet paper towel with bottom heat (same as the peppers), and still nothing. Usually you can see the seeds plump up a bit, and start to send out their root within a few days. All of these seeds had nothing.

So I splurged on a new pack of seeds. I sowed them in 6 peat pellets on the 17th (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!). I kept my fingers crossed these new ones will germinate because the Cayenne is my favourite, and ultimately the most useful for me.

On the 27th, the new Cayenne had started sprouting. Finally! Out of the entire old pack of cayenne (including the germination test), 1 seed sprouted, out of at least 30. So disappointing! I’m glad that I bit the bullet and got the new pack. (This is also why I start my peppers and tomatoes a little early, so I have some time to play catch up with a new attempt)


(Still on the 27th…) The Serrano, Hungarian and Kung Pao are nearly ready to get potted up. They all have their first true leaves, so I will get to potting them up in the next few days. I’ll save that for it’s own update post.

Thank you, as always, for reading. If you have any tips/tricks or helpful advice share it in the comments.

PS. EXTRA Thank you! I just hit 50 likes on my Facebook page for this blog. Which is not that impressive, apart from I put almost zero effort into trying to get anyone to follow over there… I didn’t even send invites to everyone of my friends (just a few who I knew would give me some support). So if you have stumbled to my Facebook page for this blog and liked it… THANK YOU… but if you want to stumble your way over to the Facebook page, and hit “Like” if you haven’t already…I will do a literal happy dance. Every time a new post goes up here, It will be on that Facebook page, so if you don’t want to miss any of my ramblings, head over there, and it will tell you when something new is happening here.

I just made that way more complicated than it actually is.

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Update on the Peppers (2016)

My peppers are growing really well, and just like the herbs the other day, I thought it was time for a little update about them. Apart from general updates, I haven’t written about my peppers for a while, so it was about time.

All these Peppers were potted up into party cups. I usually use home made newspaper pots, but last year, I found that they started to deteriorate when they were used for a few months. For things that were only in the pots for a few weeks, they work great, but less so for things like peppers and tomatoes.

  • Hungarian Hot Wax
  • Habanero
  • Cayenne
    • sowed: March 2
    • potted up: April 1
    • despite the slow start on germination, these are growing well now. I was shooting for 6 plants, but I’m at 4 now. Which is probably more than enough for me anyway.
  • Big Dipper Green Peppers
  • Seranno

 

Okay, so you can’t really tell the difference in size in the photos above… The Habanero’s are small and compact, and are the only ones I still have under the lights. The Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers are the largest. The others are all about the same size, and all in my South West window now. They live on my desk, and this room is probably the warmest in the house. This is helping my space situation, as I can transition the flowers and herbs to my kitchen window until outside warms up enough. The next problem will be once the tomatoes start really taking off. But I’ll save the rest of this ramble for my April Update at the end of the month.

Are you growing peppers this year? What varieties have you gone for?

Sowing the Hot Peppers

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This year, I decided to grow Cayenne and Jalapenos again. I had an awesome crop of them both last year, and I am excited to have some fresh peppers again this year.

I also wanted to give the Habanero a shot again this year. I did have one pepper off one plant last year, so I would like to try for more this year.

As for trying something new, I picked up some “Kung Pao Hybrid” Hot Pepper seed by Burpee.

Hopefully they all grow well and I can protect them from any hail storms we have this year.

I also have some Hungarian Hot Wax peppers that I may start later. I grew them last year, and intended to pickle some… but life was crazy. Maybe this year will be a do-over on the pickled pepper front.

Do you have any suggestions for hot peppers for me to try? So far on my list is Joe’s Long, Prairie Fire, and Hot Lemon. I just need to get my hands on the seed.

One last thing… after sowing the seed… don’t touch your eyes… even if you wash your hands 3 times… I am going to go ahead and blame the Habanero seed on my current watering eye.

So these were started on February 28… I’ll be trickling the tomatoes out soon.

March 30/2014 Garden Update

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Yesterday, my friend Cal and I drove into the city to go to a bunch of garden centers. A few were far more impressive than others, but in all of them we found some inspiration for an in-the-works project (that I will tell you more about when it is an actual thing), and our upcoming year of gardening ALL the things. I also found some seeds that were on my list of things I want to grow… Although it looks like the slightly more obscure ones I will have to order for next year. I also found some new hardneck garlic to stick into the ground asap, since I didn’t get it planted before winter hit; and some Shallots. I was losing hope that I would find any. There were also some German Butterball seed potatoes, so I can’t wait until its time to stick them in some dirt. Before I go on rambling about all the cool things we are going to be growing (and ruin the surprise for you), Here is the update on all the things that are growing already:

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TOMATOES

Since I started some of these extra early, They really need to have a new home soon. If you know any ways that I can convince mother nature to co-operate and give us a beautiful early spring, (perhaps an anti-snow dance?) please send them to me. In all seriousness though, We are working on getting the greenhouse prepped and ready, so they can move there soon.

Roma and Rainbow Blend (started March 5)

These are growing beautifully. But they are outgrowing my windowsill very quickly.

Black Krim, Brandywine Red, Brandywine Pink, Bonny Best (started March 15)

This group is working on their true leaves. Yesterday I potted them up into 3″ pots, since their roots were really outgrowing the little peat pellets. Once they get a little larger, they will probably get another potting-up before they go out.

Cherry – F1 Hybrid Mix (Monarch, Honeybee, Ladybug) (started March 12)

I potted these up last Sunday (March 23), and they are looking very nice. We’ll see about this “spring” thing, and maybe they can go into their final pots next.

Yellow Pear and Marglobe (started March 17)

Working on their true leaves. I will probably pot up these soon, since their roots are developing quite fast (I like to minimize the amount I need to disturb them).

Green Envy (started March 20)

Sprouted on March 26

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Boxcar Willie, Orange Wellington, Golden Cherry, Black Russian (started March 22)

Sprouted on March 28 (I got bonus Orange Wellington seeds in my trade! So awesome!)

San Marzano (started March 23)

Sprouted on March 29

I also found two more heirloom Tomato seeds stashed away, but I am trying to resist sowing the seeds until next year. Since I can hardly contain my current tomato habit. But if you are curious…They are ‘Manitoba’ and ‘Mortgage Lifter’.

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PEPPERS

Yesterday, on our garden center adventure… I picked up some Medusa Pepper seeds. They were quite pricey, and there wasn’t a lot of seeds in the packet, but they look like fun. I sowed them last night, so they should sprout in 7-14 days. They are sweet, non-burning, “child safe” and edible peppers. Cal also picked up a variety pack of sweet Bell Peppers, so our garden should we more well-rounded with these additions.

The Jalapenos and Cayenne peppers are growing nicely.

No sight of the Hungarian Wax Peppers that I sowed on March 20 yet. They probably haven’t been warm enough. With the cold snap that hit us again, My window hasn’t been getting much warmer than 24C during the peak of sunlight (where it is usually around 40C).

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EGGPLANT

The Asian (Ping Tung Long) is working on it’s true leaves. (started March 5)

The Italian (Violetta Lunga di Napoli) is probably thinking about true leaves. I can see micro leaves starting to emerge, but nothing to really write home about yet. (started on March 15)

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GROUND CHERRIES (started on March 5)

These have started to put on more leaves since they were potted up on March 26. These are one of the things I am really looking forward to trying.

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LEEKS (started on February 18)

Nothing new, they just need to hold on until they can go into the ground.

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ONIONS 

I wanted to experiment with growing onions from seed, So I have 4 pots of Northern Gold, and one from my onion flower of last year that I started on March 24. The ones I had tried earlier in toilet paper rolls had too much mold trying to grow, so I scraped them. I also started 4 pots of Walla Walla onions yesterday. We also have some red Onion sets for our actual onion crop.

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POTATOES

I missed out on ordering my Pink Fir Apples. Next year I wont put it off so long. BUT I have some Purple Caribe and German Butterball as I mentioned at the beginning of this post. They are “chitting” away on top of my fridge. I will probably be picking up some Russian Blue later today as well. Then we will just need to find some kind of fingerling potato and decide between the “regulars” like Norland or Yukon Gold. I will probably try for a little bit of an early crop in containers in the back yard.

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If you are interested in the progress so far, here are the links to the previous updates:

March 22

March 15

March 9

February 19