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7 hours ago, dogfacedoc said:

Potted up and hardened off!

Hardened off ???  What's that mean?

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Progressive exposure to sun since they have been under grow lights. Decreases chance of sunburn for them

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Moved each plant to a separate container. 

May not plant until June with the cool weather we have been having.

Rick 

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On 2/20/2022 at 8:54 AM, dogfacedoc said:

Experimenting with flavors and preservation methods. Last year I mostly did hot peppers and made fermented hot sauces, along either drying for flakes and powder. Made habanero salt. 

This year I have more sweet and roasting type peppers. My wife and I picked some of the varieties because they looked cool from an ornamental standpoint, whether growing or ripened and on a plate. We have some form of pepper with nearly every meal.

Some of this year's varieties:

3 varieties of jalapeños for yellow and orange rather than just red when ripened. (Smoke these for chipotle)

A heatless habanero since I love the flavor but not everyone can handle that heat level.

Some hatch chiles given to me by a patient, will harvest green or red for powder to make sauce(stuffed sopaipillas!)

Cayenne for powder or flakes

Tobago for jerk seasoning

A couple of albino or cream colored peppers for white chili(father in law has a meat allergy from tick bite)

Looks like you are a pepper prepper. How are they coming?

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Good so far, weathered the storms over the last few days pretty well. Cayenne already producing, should probably have cut them off to focus on growth but I am excited to get some peppers early so I left it alone.

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Looks like it's shaping up very nicely doc.Thankfully the weather here in Michigan is finally getting nice, so looking forward to getting out and working in my yard anytime now as well.

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Good to hear, Rick. 

I spread alot of compost most everyday I work, but no tilling.  

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My Labrador pup just trashed my plants, not much left, will have to buy tomatoes and peppers at this stage. Will clean up the containers and replant okra today. Forgot what having a puppy is like. Hard to remember it is my fault for not securing the containers after watering hard to say good dog thru clenched teeth.

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