Started seeds!!

I normally start my seeds on Valentine’s Day, but this year I did it on March 1. Not sure the significance of this, but it seemed like a good time to start them. AND, I had the help of Snow White, so, I’m pretty much ensured 100% germination, I think!

Snow White and the seeds!
Snow White and the seeds!

Started some more seeds!!

Well, germination has been underwhelming thus far this year. Luckily I’ve got some live plants coming from Cross Country Nurseries that will fill that gap.

I did receive an envelope in the mail marked “photos” today from The Chilli Pepper Company in the UK though… and it contained 4 more varieties of seeds!! So, I’m going to see if I can get them started. They’re in the starting medium and getting some bottom-heat already! Fingers are crossed, because these are some pretty great varieties! Here’s what I got (10 seeds of each):

  • Naga Morich – Direct from Nagaland… supposedly part of the “original” strain
  • Noruga Red
  • Ring of Fire – A freebie they sent along
  • Trinidad Scorpion – A serious contender for “World’s Hottest Pepper” depending on how it’s grown and who is doing the testing!

So, yeah… I’m pumped! Stay tuned!!

Trinidad Scorpion Seeds
Trinidad Scorpion Seeds

Starting Seeds for 2011!!

Well, it’s a couple weeks later than I usually start (Valentine’s Day has always been my tradition), but today I started some seeds for the 2011 pepper patch!

There’s a bit of a story here about some of the seeds… you see, I put a bunch of bhut jolokia and aji chombo pods in a shopping bag to deliver to some people at work and forgot about them… all last fall and all winter. I found them today, moldy and mushy in the bag in the garage. They STUNK! But I figured it would be a worth-while experiment to try and see if I could actually get the seeds from a few of these putrid-pungent-pods to germinate.

I selected two bhut jolokia pods and two chombos and harvested some seeds from them. After cleaning them off a little bit, they looked none-the-worse-for-wear. So who knows? Maybe they’ll be just fine.

I also started seeds that had been saved from last year in a more traditional way, including several Indian and Pakistani varieties.

I’ll update this blog as things progress! Have you started your seeds yet?

Fungus & Bacteria & Yuck!

Well, unfortunately, some of the peppers I did NOT start myself have some type of pathogen in them which is starting to transfer to other pepper plants that are close to them.

The leaves on the store-bought jalapenos started to display spots, yellow, and curl up about a week ago.

I consulted my favorite expert, David Halsey, at the Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, and have taken his advice to clear the patch of affect leaves and then apply some copper fungicide. It’s a relatively mild, and natural fungicide that might be all it takes to knock it out. If I don’t see improvement in a week or two, I may resort to more traditional chemical solutions.

The garden looks great, on the whole. Tomatoes are giant, we’ve already eaten half-a-dozen eggplants, the onions look great, the carrot tops are getting bigger and bigger (my first time ever growing carrots). Here’s a look at some photos from yesterday.