Category Archives: Peppers

Planting Begins

The Inspector

The Inspector

Today is my first planting of the fall 2015 season. While I was working, a neighborhood critter stopped by to inspect my job. The photo shows him next to a hole I was preparing for a tomato plant. He must have approved – he didn’t say anything.

I planted one tray, four plants each, of broccoli, cauliflower, and jalapenos. There were no varieties listed on these plants. I also planted a tray each of “Copenhagen Market” cabbage, “Beefsteak” tomatoes, and “Purple Top White Globe” turnips.

Did I say Turnips? Yep. They’re an experiment—I’ve never tried growing them. I was surprised when I spotted them in the nursery so I asked the woman behind the counter how they grow in Florida. She looked a little evasive when she said, “we sell a lot of them.” I guess I’ll see.

I ought to pick up the empty trays

I ought to pick up the empty trays

Just in case there’s any confusion: these are turnips, not rutabagas. Rutabagas are yellow. Turnips are white. Turnips are also one of the few root crops I really like.

The second photo shows turnips in the foreground with jalapenos to the right, broccoli and cauliflower to the left. Cabbages and tomatoes are out in left field.

March 9 Photos

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I found a couple of old Earthboxes and decided to try them out. When I first tried them they didn’t get watered often enough—massive failure.

I went online to buy new covers; two for $13? Ouch. I noticed that an organic refill kit, which included two covers, was only $17. That’s what I ordered.

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Each of the boxes took about six gallons of homemade potting mix. I split the fertilizer and dolomite between them. The one on the left contains four “Celebrity” tomato seedlings. On the right we have four “California Wonder” green peppers and four jalapeños. This is 33% more than recommended in both cases. We’ll see.

Notice that the box on the left is on wheels; the other is sitting on the patio.

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As an experiment I added sixteen bushels of leaves to the compost bin. I then soaked them down with tap water and miracle grow. Perhaps the added nitrogen will help them rot faster. I still have plenty of leaves to add.

Broccoli harvesting continues. The knife is a stainless MoraKniv Companion. Very nice!