Most home gardeners, myself included, are so focused the culinary aspect of chile peppers that we forget about their ornamental qualities and how the mostly upright pods change colors over the entire summer and into the early fall.
From the dirt pile comes the HEAT!
We have begun the harvest in Las Cruces of Trinidad Scoprions, Morugas, 7-Pots, and Barrackapores. Monday, we harvested 40 pounds, so the crop looks great. They are available for sale, but we are not catering to hobbyists. The minimum order is five (5) pounds in the lower 48 states only, and no international orders.
If you’re a home gardener, you’ve probably experienced the dreaded Zucchini Syndrome. Over-producing squash plants make the zukes faster than your family can eat them. You try to give them away, but no one wants them because they’re now larger than your cat. Well, the same thing can happen to chile plants, which is why I wrote Too Many Chiles with Nancy and Jeff Gerlach. But at least you can dry the chile pods to preserve them—something you can’t do easily with zucchinis and large tomatoes.
The weather is warming, and chile pepper gardeners all over are plotting their plantings for the season. Learn how to separate the myths of chile gardening from the reality as Cap Farmer tells all!
Jefferson was ahead of his time in loving chiles and tomatoes.
We received this message from a reader who wants to get into the business end of chile growing, and asked The Pope of Peppers for some advice. Here’s Brandon’s question and Dave’s answer.