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nerd guy
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In terms of actual mass it takes a lot of these to make sauce. I'm gonna document the process for those who haven't seen it.


Hell yes, please do. I'd like to see this. I was just reading about overwintering peppers and figured that's what you did. Makes me want to give it a try on a couple plants.


lsuson
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I have a recipe from a buddy on making a spice mix. Going to use habaneros. Right now I have about 50. Going to wait till I get 100 before making a batch. He smokes the peppers. Talk about good


bluemoons
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I’ve been smoking peppers and tomatoes for salsa and it’s been turning out really good. Au try this hot sauce recipe tomorrow. Y’all think jalapeños and Hungarian hot wax are hot enough?


lsuson
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Absolutely. You’ll get some peppers that are mild and others loaded with heat. Creates that nice balance


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I guess I need to remove my remaining stakes and cages before they go flying.


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bluemoons
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Sweet. I'm on the northshore and got some buddies coming over at 8am tomorrow because we can't fish.

I'm smoking three butts, making some more smoked salsa, stuffing marconi and corno di toro peppers with pulled pork, and making some cucumber salad and more pickles. Gonna try the hot sauce as well and give the smoked peppers a shot there too.

Got three cases of beer. If the hot sauce sucks, it's probably not the peppers' fault.


lsuson
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Sounds like a good time. He smokes his peppers with seeds in and then grinds them in a coffee grinder and adds the other seasonings and puts in a ziploc in the refrigerator so it doesn’t get clumped or harden. Really good as a rub on meats


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ChenierauTigre
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Heat, fungus, insects, storms. Why do we continue to fight it?


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Finally ordered my seeds. I’ve got my garden layout plan. I’m going with 12x24 slightly raised.





I focused strictly on things we eat. That’s why I went real light on tomatoes. All we will use them for is to make salsa.

Can’t wait to get started!


TigerBait1971
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It's too fricking hot to do anything.

I'm sure I have ripe tomatoes and eggplant ready to pick, but my lily white arse is staying inside.


BallsEleven
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But we have a cold front coming through tomorrow

Btw, is it too early to start seedlings for anything that isn’t direct sow?


FowlGuy
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Go to Garden.org and look for garden planting calendar. All you have to do is type in your zip code and it will tell you the recommend dates to sow seed directly and when to start transplants and when to set them out for both spring and fall growing seasons. It is the most valuable tool I use. I planted broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels in seed trays last week. I’m in SE Ark


Tbone2
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Just google Louisiana Planting Guide. It's from the LSU AG Center.


bluemoons
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I am going to start cauliflower, broccoli, kale, and chard seeds here shortly. I will wait to direct sow carrots until I pull my peppers out of my fence box.

I plan to transplant my tomato clones probably the second week of August. My hope there is that by the time they get big enough to really start producing fruit, it'll be cool enough to set and I'll get an earlier harvest. My peppers are still pushing along. I also still have one squash plant left. I broke two pulling them up into their cages, and another randomly died. No vine borers though. Okra is doing well. Cucumbers have died off, but I'm about to re-sow some new ones. Probably today.

I grew Graffiti cauliflower last year and will again this year. It's great. Highly recommend.


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BallsEleven
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Yeah, I overwintered it from last year and it had a lot more time to develop, but I can't really take much credit for the way this plant is. You can see my jalapeno to the left of it that was overwintered too and it's nothing special.

I was stumped as to why it grew so much faster and bigger than my other peppers and learned that tabascos are a cultivar of c. frutescens where bells, jalapenos, cayennnes, etc are c. annuum. Tabascos are adapted to a hot, humid environment (I'm in nola) and apparently it's not uncommon for them to get really big. They're also much more perennial by nature. My belle was sluggish in early spring where this plant just took off and sent shoots out everywhere.

I actually think it could be more productive if it got more direct sunlight (gets about 6 hours now), and I had known more about topping and selective pruning to encourage branching. I am probably going to plant several of them next year from seeds off this plant, so we'll see if they all turn out like this one.


How did you over winter? I’ve got one going in a pot now and if I can get it going like your pics, id love to save the room in the garden.


lsuson
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You basically protect it from freezes, continue to water, give nutrients, etc. If it makes it through the winter the spring/summer crop is usually really good


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TheDrunkenTigah
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What he said, just keep it from freezing and don’t let it dry out. It will go dormant and drop all its leaves with the first good cold snap. At that point you can prune it all the way down to just a few inches off the ground, I leave a few nodes which are creases where branches split. While dormant it will not require much water and whatever fertilizer is in the soil will sustain it. Move it into the garage or cover it during freezes. In the spring it will sprout from the nodes and those will form new stems. The bigger the pot the bigger the plant, up to a certain point, just transplant before it warms back up.


Kubotarip
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When y'all starting y'all's fall gardens? Getting the itch now!


lsuson
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Well I’m solarizing my above ground beds now and will start seeds indoors in a couple weeks. I’ll stagger them so I won’t have vegetables all ready at the same time. Probably plant at the end of August into September
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