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Steve Mills

Seed swap this weekend!! January 18th.

Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 10:17 AM
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  • I won't make it to this seed swap, but I just ordered some hot pepper seeds this week from Pepper Joe's, a company which specializes in hot pepper seeds. Their practice is to include a few random extra packets, so we'll see what I get on top of what I ordered. I have a true brown thumb, but in 2020 I was able to get one pepper plant -- one -- to grow, out of a handful of little pots in which I tried to launch seedlings. That plant grew in a planter on my porch; when I went out of town with the youth from church, I just carried the plant over to my father's house and he took care of it that week. I got a pretty good harvest out of that one plant, which I used to make fermented hot pepper sauce. I'm hoping this year I can maybe get two plants going. Fingers crossed. Anyway, depending on what my extra seed packets turn out to be, I might be willing to share.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Fri, Jan 17, 2020, at 2:21 PM
  • Two, no three questions.

    What pepper did you make into a fermented sauce.

    What did you order this year?

    Does the fermenting tame the heat some or what does it do to the taste?

    I went to Pepper Joe’s and found a few interesting ones but not the deadly ones. I don’t mind a little heat but have tried one long ago that cured me from getting more adventurous.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 17, 2020, at 10:33 PM
    Response by John Carney:
    This year's sauce was a variety called 7-pot Lava Yellow (which is what I ordered again), plus some habaneros that were given to me by a friend. Fermenting doesn't affect the heat that much, but it gives a nice complexity of flavor. Tabasco is a fermented sauce -- they age it in old whiskey barrels for several years. My sauces are only fermented about six weeks. I learned about it from a Facebook group called "Fermented Hot Sauce Society," which has a lot of great downloadable files and information.
  • I was n the fence about going but my wife wants to go to Cool Springs so..... I will be there.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 18, 2020, at 8:31 AM
  • Well...... depending on how you look at it, I did good at the seed swap. Using unusual self control(yeh, right), my bag only filled with 20+ new seeds and three twigs of winter flowering honeysuckle. Already in soil (in the greenhouse)since it might be a bit frigid for the next few days outside.

    Most of the seeds just fell in my bag somehow so I am looking at the bounty now. It is probably 1/50 of the variety that were there, so I figure I did well with my control. :-)

    I tried to stay with flowers since I am usually light in that category but a few tomatoes fell in like Julia Childs, a summer squash I never noticed before "Desi", different okra, Chinese green Radish, a few herbs, a seed for a ginkgo tree, then flowers, flowers, flowers.

    The demo on seed blocks showed me a few things I did not know and has me considering the mini-blocker. (3/4" by 3/4")

    The auction also netted me a new garden hat. Deb would not let me wear it out in the rain so I guess it will be a fair weather one. But I could!

    Only had coffee and some kombucha so I did not get to sample all the other food. Deb wanted to go to a restaurant in the area, so I did not want to fill up.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 18, 2020, at 4:06 PM
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