Monday, August 20, 2012

Rule #24: Try something Hot, Hot, Hot!

Actually the jalapenos aren't too bad if you take out the seeds and membranes.  We made a huge batch of jalapeno poppers to put in the freezer.  We have made one batch already baking them instead of frying and they were very good.  The spot that gets a bit spicy is right by the stem, so beware!   It's amazing that you only need one plant and the pests seem to know that they are hot too, because they stay away!  In other news you will see a few cherry tomatoes in with the peppers!  Ugh....we did not do well with tomatoes this year.  I think we got late blight, but there are still a few with green tomatoes on them.  Unfortunately even with the netting, Shnikies decided to break through and eat the Gold Medals that were almost ready to pick. We were sad about that one :(  On a positive note, yesterday was transplant day for the radicchio and they seem to be doing well this morning.  A little weepy, but that is normal.  I am so excited about the Puntarella type chicory!  We will see how these new varieties do and if they end up being the correct ones.  From the pictures I think they will be right. I have been picking and eating the cutting radicchio also.  On to more fall planting this week.  I got some new new lettuce varieties to plant this year and a fast growing Cima Di Rapa (broccoli rabe).  My goal is to plant them all and continue to transplant.  Last year I did about 100 radicchio transplants which was a pretty good number.  With the peppers still doing well and the new set of green beans starting to produce the problem will be finding a spot to put the lettuces right now.  I think that I may just pull some of the tomatoes that don't have any green ones on them!  I'm thinking the pesto needs to be made next week!  Happy Gardening!

Jalepenos and Cherry Tomatoes

One of three transplanted Radicchio beds

Radicchio sowing bed

The Puntarella type variety of chicory I have high hopes for (new)

Pepper, Eggplant, Carrots, Cutting Radicchio and Dill seeds (anyone know what is going on with the spots on this pepper?)

Lesson learned last time?  Use gloves when doing a ton of jalapenos or you hands will be on fire!

cutting, de-seeding

Drying and getting ready to be filled!


  1. Nice jalapeno peppers! I have two plants growing and they gave me a few early peppers but the vast majority of the peppers are forming right now and will be harvested in September sometime. They really are a productive pepper plant though for the amount of garden space they occupy.

  2. You got all of that from one pepper plant? Wow.

  3. I love radishes! Can I make a jump there for you to taste it? ^______^ .. ..John has done well to put on gloves to remove the seeds from the Jalapenos .. otherwise poor eyes! .. ..
    The pests stay away, because they approach the Jalapenos comes from the sneezing and hit their heads..OH OH (x_X).. so they understand that this is a no fly zone for them! hi hi hi ;P.. a big hug.. Filippo

  4. Now that is a transplant bed. My pepper plants got stripped of leaves by an unseen. I had 4 jalepeno plants, now I have 4 stick things... amazing. I hope the thing made something pretty out of itself at least. Grrrr... I love me some jalepenos. *sigh*

  5. Those jalapenos look great! All of mine are making their way into pepper jelly. I have to try baked stuffed poppers!

  6. 100 radicchio, that a lot of radicchio, what are you going to do with them?

  7. Ha Ha....Oh Ms. Norma Chang. I grew up on this stuff and I pretty much live on it in the winter. You can check out last years blog about it :) I share it with my family a bit. If my parents don't get a good crop, especially. I put up a recipe for the red varieties last year. You can make a creamy pasta with them. A bit bitter, but I love it :) Other wise it's good balsamic, EVOO, salt and pepper!

  8. great looking pepper harvest; I remember planting jalapeno; I know there was at least one plant at one time but I don't see any out there now. However the other peppers are just beginning to really get going so maybe that's what the last hold out is.

  9. Nice jalapeno harvest! Ours have trickled in, but it looks like you've brought in quite a haul! Congrats1