Saturday, August 06, 2011

Fruits and vegetables. And peppers

A few of our chili peppers were red so we eagerly harvested them for tonight's dinner. We ended up using only one of the three peppers in our bulghur salad because these little peppers are HOT. They don't feel so hot when first bitten but wowie zowie, that heat lasts. I think our plan of drying them and crushing them up to use as a spice is the best choice.

I don't know what we're going to do with the habenero peppers when they ripen. Some might ask what we were thinking, growing such hot peppers. My answer to that is that it seemed like a good idea at the time. And that i didn't really think about the fact that they were so hot or that there would be more than one of them.

The cucumber plants were taking over the garden so I bought some garden netting stuff and some bamboo poles to use as a trellis for them. We gently pulled the cucumber plant up and twist-tied it to the netting stuff. It seems to be happy there and is attaching its tendrils to the netting. I'm sure we'll get better cucumbers, too - or at least straight ones. There's nothing wrong with curved cucumbers, of course, but they're hard to wrap.

While the vegetables are growing, the fruit trees don't seem to be doing quite so well. At least now we know what kinds of fruit trees we have: granny smith apples, bosc pears, and bartlett pears. The granny smiths have been dropping and almost all of them have black spots on them. The bartletts are fine but the boscs are also dropping. I'd love it if we could have as much of a fruit harvest as we will a vegetable harvest. After all, what's the point in having fruit trees that don't produce good fruit?

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