Pulled the final Orange Thai pepper harvest this weekend. Decided to experiment with smoking a drying for powder. A few hours on Mesquite then finishing them off in a dehydrator. They turned out great! Nice smokey flavor, but still has some punchy heat.
August is brutal here, but I'd like to be able to get fall garden starts going outside without cooking the seedlings. So I'm experimenting with a new lid and shade cloth on the cold frame. Initial tests are looking promising.
Consistent harvests of Summer vegetables coming out of the garden now. A whole mess of hot peppers are not too far behind.
So far pickle consumption has kept pace with cucumber production. Looks like that will soon change, hope the neighbors like cucumbers.
Just wrapped up installing a drip irrigation system in the garden. I've put that off for years thinking it was really complicated. Not sure how I got that in my head, but now having done it I realize there's not much to it.
Today is the day the pepper, tomato, and cucumber starts go in the ground. It also looks like the fig tree we planted earlier in the Winter made it through!
It's a happy feeling to get a harvest this time of year, even if it's tiny. Definitely a crop I'll be growing in future Winters. The cool weather keeps them very mild.
Sad to say but these are going to the compost. I let the okra get out ahead of me, and a good batch of them got too big and therefore too tough to eat.
Trying for a Fall/Winter garden for the first time this year, and it's time (for my zone) to start thinking about what to put in. So I'm having a lovely day, browsing my seed box and catalogues, and pacing around the garden all 🤔.
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