Friday, August 21, 2009

A Peck or Two of Unpickled Peppers

Guess what' I'll be doing tomorrow?



Cutting up and packing for the freezer, and stringing up the chili peppers to dry, if you didn't guess already. Along with making some grape jelly with my daughter-in-law and maybe elderberry too. And finally getting the carrots put away. Maybe make some dill pickles?
It will be a busy day. Time for me to get to bed so I'm rested and ready.

8 comments:

Janet, said...

Our work never gets done, does it? I need to make a list when I get back up after while, so I can maybe get half of the things I need to get done finished today. I need to put up tomatoes, pick berries, pick grapes and our bathroom needs painting (this will probably not get done)after having a new tub put in. Don't work too hard. Your peppers look pretty!

Granny Sue said...

Janet, you're right--with a summer garden there is always something to do. Ours is not looking so pretty now after the heat this past week or so, but the peppers are loving it. I don't think I'll have any more tomatoes to can, but the second planting cucumbers are bearing now so maybe more pickles to do. Wish I had your berry patch!

Cathy said...

Lots of work but come winter all that work will be appreciated. Those are some beautiful peppers!

bayouwoman said...

Oh I love these veggies! Great pics of them! Now that I'm working a "regular" job part time in addition to my business, I have to wonder how you do all that you do!!! I mean, working, story telling, traveling, gardening, canning!!! I'm amazed!
BW

Anonymous said...

Why oh why can I not get peppers to grow in my garden? Not enough water? To much water? It is driving me crazy! tm

Country Whispers said...

Sounds like a Not So Fun day...but productive! I never have had great luck with peppers so this bounty looks great!

Jai Joshi said...

Hmmm, they look delicious! Is that a purple pepper I see? I've never seen that breed before. Does it have a particular name?

Jai

Granny Sue said...

They're called lilac peppers, Jai, but I'm sure they have a more specific name than that. There are so many kinds of peppers--this year we have chilis, gypsy, lilac, the standard green bell, banana...there are a couple others I can't remember. This year it seems that my best crops are from the plants I raised in the greenhouse. Which makes me happy.

Peppers like it hot and dry. They like rich soil, but sandy too so clay soils aren't great for them. Our soil has a lot of sand (hence "Sandyville" named after Sandy Creek) mixed with the clay, and it drains fast. It's great for peppers, usually for tomatoes, but a struggle with plants that prefer a lot of water. In a dry year, we have to mulch and water regularly.

As it turned out, we made grape jelly and dill pickles instead of dealing with the peppers. They're on tomorrow's schedule. There's also a half-bushel of lemon cucumbers waiting for me to do something with them.

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