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Comment by Daniel W on November 4, 2017 at 6:16pm

Spud, if you are not crazy about too much heat in your peppers, there are some modn varieties that are much milder.  I like lots of heat, but needed to tone it down a little recently after overdoing jalapenos and my stomach wasnt happy.  The jalapenos here at fred meyer were too mild for me, but home grown were very hot.

Patricia, we string up the peppers and let them dry.  Works well here.  Im hoping I can keep a couple pepoer plants going in the sunroom.  I read that is a way to get bigger and earlier crop if they survive indoor conditions.

Comment by Patricia on November 3, 2017 at 4:46pm

The flavours are really nice Spud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 3, 2017 at 4:29pm

Nice looking pepper, Daniel.  I've never cooked with them and so don't grow them.  I've been thinking lately that I should try cooking with some.

Comment by Patricia on November 3, 2017 at 1:52pm

How do you keep the peppers through the winter, Daniel? Cooked, frozen, dried......

Comment by Daniel W on November 3, 2017 at 1:25pm

Peppers from yestetday. Still heating from fallen trees and branches from last year. Ir's a nice feeling.   

Comment by Daniel W on November 3, 2017 at 10:45am

Still getting peppers.  I imagine they will be done soon.  I did dig up one to see if it will survive in the sunroom.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2017 at 4:56am

Daniel, I agree, green tomatoes ripened indoor is better than store bought ones. 

We have our first snow, a nice covering on everything. Animal tracks reveal a very busy meadow.

Comment by Daniel W on November 1, 2017 at 7:34pm

Joan, you and I both start seeds in our bedrooms :-)  It's nice being able to care for them inside during those winter days.  I think gree tomatoes, ripened indoors, are still better than grocery store tomatoes.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2017 at 5:42pm

Thomas, Larry, my son-in-law, has wanted a greenhouse for years. We considered a more traditional model, and he was intrigued by the geodesic dome design. 

I have been a Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller fan for many years and Larry liked the looks and physics of his design. We hoped it would compensate for the far northern location; however, we have to close down the greenhouse and drain the water tank, usually in November, before the ground freezes. 

I start my plants inside in my bedroom and then transplant them out to the greenhouse in May and June. I am able to start seeds in the dome from then on into autumn. 

Tomatoes do very well, as do the brassicas, but they take up a lot of room with their huge growth. Peppers have not grown at all well, even when I started them in my bedroom. Beets, cabbage, and kale do extremely well and there is not one bug or disease on any of them, so far. 

I plant pollinators in the greenhouse and that seemed to be enough to get blossoms to form into fruits. Toads come in on their own and are welcome creatures. Raccoon tore the first year's garden to pieces and we put screens on the ventilator windows and that kept them out. 

The geodesic dome kit is expensive and I am sure one could build one from scratch for less money. We have no one on the place skilled in that craft, so L&L hired a friend to build it for us. 

Growing Spaces

The first year, I retuned to Spokane to care for my dying son and Larry didn't know how to manage tomatoes. When I came back the greenhouse was completely full of tomato plants. 

This year, I kept the tomato vines pruned and we had an abundance of fruit, all delicious. I have now harvested all the green tomatoes and have them ripening in the kitchen. They aren't as good as vine ripened, but I didn't want to leave them out there any longer. We had some fried green tomatoes and left the rest to ripen. 

Geodesic dome greenhouse, tool shed, white and red fir and western larch. 

Comment by Patricia on November 1, 2017 at 5:25pm

Oh Joan, such beauty is breathtaking!


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