I guess it's high time I write a little update on the little old chile farm I've had. Things have gone much better than I ever dared even dream, despite the tarnished plant bugs that ate my first plants. Last saturday I cleaned out the outdoor plants for a harvest of about 3500 grams, taking the total so far to approximately 5 kilos of various peppers. There's a second crop coming in a few plants at the workshop, about 130 Habaneros and several dozen rocotos. I'm expecting them to push the total harvest to over 6 kg.
Last night I made some orange-ginger-habanero jam, and plan to cook up a small batch of lemon & Lemon Drop (a zesty, fresh C. Baccatum - ripens to bright yellow of course) jam or marmalade sometime soon, too. Most of the outdoor harvest is now chopped up and drying in the boiler room at the in-laws' house.
Just a few late season highlights:
The outdoor harvest - unripe rocotos in the foreground.
C. Lanceolatum has finally blossomed (although I missed seeing it open due to new job's hours). Rocoto Red Peruvian is growing quite a handsome pod, plans to finish the season on a high note I guess.
Second crop of Habaneros maturing: Starfish (C. Baccatum) a few weeks ago:
Cheiro Roxa harvest (weight includes the bowl, 65 g) The first Homera to ripen
Rocoto Peru a few weeks ago, the beginnings of the second crop:
And finally two that I've cut down some time ago in preparation for overwintering, Pink Habanero and Cajamarca:
Next season planning and preparations are well underway already. I've sourced most of the varieties I want to grow and am already germinating the wild species. This month is going to be super hectic though: I've got a new full-time job, still have a bunch of old work to finish, and we bought a house last week which means we'll also be moving both our home and my workshop by the end of the month...
So if any of you guys want seeds, I'll probably only get around to sending them out in November. Just PM me with your contact details.