The Super Hot Peppers that I am growing this coming season are some that I just had to try. The names I just loved from the Brain Strain to the current worlds hottest pepper the Carolina Reaper but most are well known the Ghost Peppers both Yellow and Red as well as the Butch T Scorpion a former hottest pepper in the world I had plenty of seed for this one so I planted several of them also I have some 7 pot and a favorite of mine just because they do so well here in Northern Arizona the Jamaican Hot Chocolate not as hot as the other peppers but so pretty a dark brown pepper. I have a Green Chile that is the hottest I have ever tried originally the seeds came from the Farmington N.M. region a beautiful long green chile with extreme heat I call it the T-Ball green chile after the man that brought me the original seed.
I have had good luck keeping the aphids at bay by placing orange slices around the baby pepper plants. Keep a sharp eye for those aphids they can take over very quickly and once you have a infestation of aphids they are tough to keep there populations down.
I started the seeds out in little pots these are single serve Pringles single serve potato chip containers that I am using. I just wash them out then I add a wet seed start mix. Next add seed and cover with saran wrap with a rubber band to keep it there.
When the peppers sprout I fill the container up with water let it soak for a little while. When the soil is like a mud I slowly and gently pull them out and place them in six packs that are filled with a good soil.
The more seeds I am planting the larger the container I use this one is about five inches long about four inches wide and about three inches deep. I can start about a hundred or more seeds in the large one about thirty to forty in the smaller container.
Its really that easy so try and start your own peppers and all your other vegetables it is so easy.
This summer I spent more time selling garlic salts and powders along with my tomatoes and peppers and I had real good feed back so I am going to try to sell it year around. The three that I have had the most success with are just a plain Garlic Parsley Sea Salt, Garlic Parsley Jalapeno Sea Salt and my best seller Garlic Parsley Ghost Pepper Sea Salt. At $7 dollars for the Plain and Jalapeno and $10 dollars for the Garlic Ghost pepper its a great deal fresh ground Garlic really makes the difference. Home grown garlic dehydrated then ground fresh mixed with peppers and salt.
I am still looking at labels and trying to design something I like but I haven't found anything yet. I will probably have to ask a brother of mine that has a lot of talent in that area to come up with something. Well hope to get back to gardening soon and back on the blog like everyone else lots of work to do and little time to do it....later Dusty...
Tomatoes are really just getting growing for us at this time of year. As usual in Northeastern Arizona we try to get the tomatoes in as early as we dare, but the tomatoes really don't start growing until the first of July which is when the humidity from the rains from our monsoon storms hit our area of the desert southwest.
I planted tomato plants over a 5 to 6 week period as work would permit. My tomato plants are at different stages of life right now but that's a good thing I will have a lot of tomatoes ripening at different times.
The biggest trick at this stag is to feed your tomatoes every two weeks. I feed mine with a mix I get from the our local feed store. I use a organic tomato feed called Tomato Tone.
The peppers are just starting to grow. They will look so much better in a couple of weeks.
Fall comes fast and when it does you end up with all of those leaves. You can either rake them up, dump them, burn them, or you could compost them by layering them in your garden beds; about two to four inches deep. Next, add a little Molasses mixture (1 tablespoon of molasses to 1 gallon of water) with this mix I spray the leaves as well as I can, then I layer on about an inch of steer manure. Keeping this pile moist--not wet--will help for the next few weeks. When it warms up a bit, the leaves will be broken down to a really nice compost.
What the Molasses mixture does is feed the bacterium even faster to knock out those leaves, then the worms come, and all the other creatures of the soil make it to the party, and in a few short weeks they leave you with a fluffy compost that will grow you the best veggies in the neighborhood! HUGE TOMATOESMONSTER MELONS...The molasses mix is something you should be doing every few weeks in your garden anyways to help feed the soil. Also, for an additional tip add a little rock dust to the mixture really helps.
I try to grow at least fifty plus different variety's of tomatoes every year, last year I grew out over a hundred different variety's this year there is close to seventy some old variety's some crosses I am growing out for friends. Here is a look at some new one's that are coming off the vine at my garden....
This one is a tomato bred by Blane Horton. A wonderful tomato early and my plants are loaded. Very good taste with good size this is my second year growing this tomato the Moosolini f-4....
All three of these tomatoes are from one cross the Variegated Potato leaf x Striped Big Cheef and so far all are wonderfully delicious. This is a cross from Jason Haynes. No names as of yet.
Another cross I am growing out this one is by Chris Kafer this is a f1 Juliet x Green Zebra taste so far not bad tasting it might be a keeper it is better tasting when it is a little riper.
A very nice tomato right here in the ten ounce range the Gary 'OSena Tomato
Not one of the best looking tomatoes that I have picked, I have better looking one's coming on but WOW this is one of the best eating tomatoes I have. This is the Rebel Yell... A stabilized potato leaf segregation line from a cross of Stump of the World x Bear Claw by Rob Gee stabilized by Blane Horton and Dean Slater.
An f1 cross Chocolate Cherry x Juliet big acid flavor I like this one also from Chris.
I am holding a Pink Bumble Bee and in the back ground is the Purple Bumble Bee. Bred by Fred Hempel
This one surprised me it is an f1 cross Sun Gold x Black From Tula I was hoping for a larger tomato and maybe darker color. What I have is a small tomato with big taste I hope they get a bigger next year also from Chris Kafer.
Well that is it for now I can't wait to see what comes off the vine next...later Dusty....
The garden is doing well the peppers are behind last year but we planted them a month later than last year. I picked around twenty five pounds of peppers mainly Chimayo Green Chili and Jalapeno's.
The Tomatoes are doing awesome six to seven feet high on most of the plants and some larger.
Some really great tomatoes this year here is a new one to the tomato world by Tomato Breeder Jason Haynes.
One great looking tomato I can't wait for one to ripen.
This one is the Moosolini I grew it last year. Huge crops of great tasting Tomatoes. This one was developed by Blaine Horton This is one I really have had little to no trouble with, it is going to be one I grow every year.
Here is a Brad Gates tomato called Indigo Apple.
Well I am Just waiting for some of these mators to ripen so I can give them a good ole taste test....lol Later Dusty...