Monday, January 5, 2015
My First Garden
I've never gardened before. I love to cook and love hot peppers so a thought popped into my head -- instead of buying peppers, I could make them! From scratch. It'll be an adventure.
I'm choosing to grow two types of hot peppers -- jalapenos and habaneros. Jalapenos have moderate heat and delicious flavor. Habaneros are extremely hot. I use both in my dishes and, last year, even made my own hot sauce which was delicious. I plan to do that again.
The first step is to get seeds. You take existing peppers, cut them open, scrape out some seeds and dry them for a few weeks on a paper plate. You can't use them before they dry out or they'll rot.
Once they're dry, you need to start them indoors. I'll plant them in small pots until they germinate. Once they're two inches tall, I'll transfer them out to my backyard. I've already picked out a space for them to grow. My first garden!
Well, that's the plan anyway. Lots can go wrong, but failure is the price of learning. Maybe I'll have peppers to eat this year or maybe I'll just get an education to use in 2016.
Have you ever grown food? Any advice or suggestions?