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I plant lots of peppers. I also have almost as many rosemary bushes as everthing else. I put them in everthing I cook. If something is on the grill I stick a big branch on the fire. Might not be a crop but I can't eat without it.
I watched a show about apple tree pruning to aid in producing, you will not like a producing apple tree, you have to prune the hell out of it to allow light to get in, it looks butchered. You can't just let them grow out, guy had one for years but wasn't getting anything from it, someone from one of those shows came over and took him out to an orchard, they taught him about the work that he needs to do, and what to expect. I could never do a tree like that, and no way would allow someone to come in my yard with cutting equipment intent on cutting up my tree.
I miss my garden, I used to have a house with a huge yard, a large section in the back yard was tilled under and planted, tomatoes, onions, raddishes, okra, sugar peas, beans, and cucumbers. I don't have much of a yard, gov housing, it's a duplex, kids running through the yard constantly, I put the tomatoe plants against the back of the house. Compost/manuer and peat moss tilled into the soil, some plant food, boom, more than we could handle, stupid Better Boy plants were groing into the eve's of the house, couldn't get stakes long enough to hold them.
Man, it's getting close to that time of year again.
We have been growing "Thai Hots" (Prik Ki Nue)for many years now. The best pepper in the world if you ask me. If you need some seeds you can simply stop by an asian market and buy some pepppers from the produce section and dry them for about a week.
Do this by cutting the pepper open and removing the seeds. Then place the seeds in a paper towel and storing them in a dry warm place for about a week. Once dry place them in the fridge until planting time.
We freeze some, dry some and pickle some.
To make the most awesome dryed roasted crushed red pepper follow this:
Dry your peppers in the sun spread out on a newspaper. Once dried, place the peppers in a hot cast iron pan and over medium high heat. Continue stiring until the peppers are slightly browned. Next, place your peppers in a food processor and chop to about the consistancy of coffee grounds.
Add a pinch to your chili dirty rice. Great on a slice of pizza. But this ain't the stuff you are getting the local bi-lo or Kroger, use caution!
If you need some seeds Greywolf just let me know.
We generally grow many other asian (Thai) vegatables and herbs as well. Eggplant, Okra, Celantro, basil, squash.
I Want Them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(OH yeah... Sounds like "Thai Dragon" peppers)
They look like it too -
Those, Pequin Chiles, and Tabasco peppers are among the few I know of that grow (ripen) upside down from other peppers. They point right up at the sun, and get hotter than anything imaginable...
If you ever do - watch what happens to your "STUFF" levels...
First you run over the plot to be with a lawn mower set to ground zero - then you go buy a shovel. When you notice your neighbor using a tiller, you borrow it or try it once, and find out how easy(?) it is - so you have to have one of them.
Watering gets old, so you start thinking about sprinklers, then the weeds pop up and you try everything. Meanwhile you realise that the untamed part of your neighbors lot is where said weeds are coming from, but its a hill or drop off from your yard edge - so the lawn mower has to be either real light, or have an offroad suspension...
When the tomatoes get tall, they need supports - so its off to lowes for tomato cages.
Then you notice something has been munching and trampling on things, so a fence is required. And then you look even closer: My God! That little green shoot is inching toward one of my better boy hybrids!!!
So its off to lowes again for a sprayer and jugs of malathion, boards or chain link, posts and sacks of readycrete to set the posts in - and oh yeah! A post hole digger...
Tomatoe cages aren't tall enough, you need to get some lumber and cut yourself some tall stakes.
Hard ground, get someone to run a plow through it, you can rent most anything you need.
Don't plan on watering a garden, nature can handle it, but a jug of Miracle grow and water mixture is good on occasion, be sure to water before and after to keep from burning it up.
I'm not a fan of poison, my family has farmed for years, great grandfather refused to poison his tobacco, silver dust is all you need.
A real fence builder doesn't need concrete, I can show you how to do one so tight to can play a tune on it.
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