Well, temps were down to about 17° this week. Propane heater pilot light went out. No heat. Greenhouse went cold. Down to about 28°. Bad news. May have lost the entire crop of chili plants; one was our original Bhut Jolokia that is four years old.Possible that the core of (some of) the plants are [...]
The Chili Ooooh! It's way too hot. I will not do that again. Until the next time.
House has temporary ends. Nice and warm. 40ish outside, 60ish inside! Chilies got beat up by Sandy. Pruning back and counting on recovery for production over the winter. Pre and post pruning in pix. Some may get away with almost no pruning.
Be a GardenerBe a Gardener Dig a ditch toil and sweat, and turn the earth upside down and see the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labor and make sweet floods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink and carry it to God as your true worship. [...]
Tucked our chili plants in various places to avoid the brunt of Sandy. Mobilizing back to the Farm for cultivation in our new greenhouse.
Got our FarmTek greenhouse constructed, sans ends, over the weekend. Already full of select chili pepper plants that well be our producers over the winter. Next step is to get ends installed. Race against Old Man Winter! P.S. Two days later the Nor'easter Athena tested our new greenhouse ... blew harder than Sandy, [...]
A wonderful resource for growing, handling, and managing chili peppers is the The Chile Pepper Institute. They offer seeds for sale, tips on starting seeds, growing tips, and post harvest handling. For those that are interested in growing chili peppers as a business, the CPI describes their cost and return estimate(CARE) methods and [...]
For Fire in the Hole, we made a salsa that used the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili. Wanted to experiment and see if we could make a salsa that would be attractive to Chili Heads but to tame the heat enough so that the flavor would be accessible to others who may want to venture safely [...]
Why a startup microfarm specializing in super hot peppers? It began as a hobby garden. Growing hot peppers was a lark. There's a certain cachet associated with growing the worlds hottest peppers. We started with the Bhut Jolokia, or Ghost Pepper, a few years ago when it was certified the world [...]
We started seeds in late January with continued planting throughout the spring; wanted to ensure peppers as early in the season as possible. Germination was under grow lights, then we moved everybody to our greenhouse. Later in the spring, we ordered pepper plants to augment the seedlings already planted. We wanted a [...]