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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

Many topics have been discussed in the archive.  Revive a topic by adding your 2¢ or start a new topic.

Everyone likes photos of the garden, so if you like to share photos of your prize dahlia, your favorite hen, or your first tomato, go right ahead!

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 30, 2014 at 10:57am

Going back through posts - Ugh! many of you have nasty weather so I won't mention our sunny warm days. :)

Finished putting together my hugelkultur bed. Now that leaves are falling here in So Tx I was able to rake and stuff them into and around all the wood, and finally covering completely with compost.

Randall, I went to library to get book you recommended only to discover that I had already read it and taken from it the design for my veggie garden. First acknowledgement here of memory issues. :(

You have to be mindful of things you feed your worms. Last night I opened box to feed them and discovered 6" sprouts coming out of shredded paper. Have no idea what they are although I think some kind of bean.  

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 30, 2014 at 10:44am

Daniel, all the descriptions of the apples made me want to order some!  I imagine the chilling hours required for each of them are pretty high, eh?  We only get 400 to 600 hours here so we are limited in varieties.  Nice post though. :)

Comment by Randall Smith on November 30, 2014 at 7:51am

"Banana" peppers aren't too bad. I think the secret, for me, is simply adding them to dishes, like omelets, not eating them plain.

Oddly, I put capsaisin cream on my thumb joints as a relief for my osteo-arthritis. It really works.  Get it on your lips, however, and ZOWIE!

Comment by Daniel W on November 29, 2014 at 10:31am

Forgot - here's that "Red Portugal".  I also have a Tabasco in another window - not sure what to do with that because the peppers are too hot for me to handle.

Comment by Daniel W on November 29, 2014 at 10:29am

To me, hot peppers / chilis vs. blocky bell peppers, are totally different things, even thought they are the same genus and many are the same species.  I'm not crazy about the big green peppers.   I also like the small peppers in like you mention GC.  Some have a very fruity flavor, with or without the heat.   Like anything home grown, I think the ones you grow taste better than the ones you buy.  I like mildly hot.  10 years ago I liked superhot but I changed. 

I have a "Portugal Red" that I started from seed last Xmas.  It was in a container on the deck for most of 2014.  I moved it into the sunroom a month ago.  It doesn't look "happy" about its circumstances, but is alive, colorful, and I like the novelty of eating home grown fresh peppers in December.

Peppers are not a good houseplant.  They tend to get aphids and "the dwindles" during the winter.  Even so, some gardeners keep them for years, growing into bushes or trees.

Great for stir fries, casseroles, pasta sauce, and sandwiches.

 

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 29, 2014 at 10:04am

Randy, I find that red bell peppers (also orange and yellow to some degree) taste noticeably sweet and not at all like green peppers. They might be worth a try.

I've also seen these sold in a small, "Sweet Mini Peppers" variety. Just like green bell peppers, these have no capsaicin heat -- zero Scoville units.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 29, 2014 at 7:38am

Daniel, I like the looks of the bonsai pepper plant. However, I'm not a big pepper fan. I think it goes back to when I was a kid and was forced to eat a stuffed green pepper. It was awful. I'm a little better now--at least I try. I like 'em dehydrated.

Comment by Daniel W on November 28, 2014 at 6:02pm

Ordered the following pepper varieties - this was Burpee.  I'm not happy with their website - I guess Im just used to them.  Their prices seem higher than ever too.

Hot Pepper Sweet Thing Hybrid

Pepper Sweet Banana

Pepper Sweet Nikita Hybrid

I have some of last year's packets too. Wanted some not as hot - couldn't eat some of what I grew this year, too hot!  I also have one in container in sunroom from last year, yet another experiment.

Some people bonsai their peppers.  Looks like a lot of fun.

Comment by Daniel W on November 28, 2014 at 5:05pm

Chicken tractor ideas - there are zillions.  Could be a good winter project.  The biggest challenge is making one that is easy to move.  I think wheels on both ends would be a good idea.  Bigger wheels - wagon or small bike wheels, light and easy to move - might work.

I'm about to order some pepper seeds.  Last year I started some at xmas - long time to grow inside, but it was a peaceful activity and I enjoyed it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 26, 2014 at 7:49am

Weather this cold doesn't usually come until January in Pocatello.  It is warmer this week, but the winds make the wind-chill nasty.

 

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