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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 09 2016 :  12:13:09 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
We freeze our extra peppers, but I've thought about drying for flakes as Sara does. We'll see what happens this year!
CJ

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levisgrammy
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Denise Thompson
NJ
USA
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Posted - Feb 09 2016 :  6:08:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to freeze our peppers Ceejay but they always got mushy so I am going to start drying to use.

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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
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Posted - Feb 11 2016 :  4:40:47 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Denise,
I know what you mean. We use our frozen peppers for cooking and, for the most part, it didn't really matter if they were mushy. But I do like the idea of drying, so we'll see what kind of pepper crop(s) we get this year!
CJ

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Kangaroo Kate
True Blue Farmgirl

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Teresa
Red Oak Texas
USA
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Posted - Feb 11 2016 :  7:11:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have never planted peppers before will give them a try.
hope to have a garden this year. been long time since had one.
are red peppers good as pest deterants does anyone know
we have fire ants here pretty bad.
wondered if hot peppers planted around the garden if might help keep
fire ants out

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Sydney2015
Farmgirl in Training

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Sydney
Minnesota
USA
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Posted - Feb 11 2016 :  8:19:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My family has a greenhouse business and plants just about everything possible(even watermelon, in Minnesota). We plant a lot of peppers every year, my favorite kind is Chocolate Bell. It is so sweet.
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sonshine4u
Chapter Guru

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April
New Prague MN
USA
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Posted - Feb 15 2016 :  05:12:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chocolate Bell are so yummy! I might plant some of those this year. :)

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fortinkg
Farmgirl at Heart

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Wendie
Woonsocket RI
USA
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Posted - Mar 21 2016 :  10:14:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I look forward to doing a garden this year. I never got around to it last year. I have seen the Chocolate Bell pepper plants at the local hardware store. I will pick some up this year and give them a try. Thanks for the idea Sydney and sonshine!

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Mar 29 2016 :  10:03:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Got my pepper plant this morning ~ a pack of six Tabasco peppers. Will share them with my sister & brother-in-law.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 28 2016 :  08:15:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our weather has not been good for growing peppers - not enough sunny warm/hot days. One plant is a little over a foot tall and just now setting blooms. The other is only 4"X4", no blooms, but heathy. I'm in hopes that as our Texas heat sets in both will grow and produce peppers.

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ceejay48
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CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
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Posted - May 28 2016 :  10:46:18 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I plan to plant mine in the garden but not until after June 9th. We had frost yesterday morning! Same for my tomatoes!
Hope your peppers get going!
CJ

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - May 28 2016 :  10:55:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks CeeJay, all they need is plenty of sun and a little heat. Today is overcast and cool but June is just around the corner.

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - May 28 2016 :  2:16:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Too bad we can't share some of our sunshine with all of you! We are getting lots of sunny but dry days here and it getting hot. Thankfully, the mornings have still been in the 60s with low humidity but that will not be lasting too much longer.

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marjean
True Blue Farmgirl

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Marsha
Deltona FL
USA
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Posted - May 30 2016 :  10:26:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So many great tips about peppers and handling them.

I will have to check out our tractor supply store to see if they have organic seeds.

I wonder if the pepper plants themselves will deter the Ferrell cats from coming in our yard? That would be wonderful.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jun 14 2016 :  4:27:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marsha, I'm late answering your post. I have used chopped up hot peppers or red pepper flakes on the places where stray cats were doing their business. They would go to another place in my yard and I would 'doctor' it and after a couple of times they moved on and out of my yard.

Checked my peppers today and one plant is covered with teeny peppers. The other plant has one. My hope is to have enough peppers to make several bottles of hot pepper vinegar with fresh herbs.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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jillyd
True Blue Farmgirl

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Jill
Saanichton British Columbia
Canada
639 Posts

Posted - Nov 14 2016 :  07:23:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just finished harvesting my peppers. I froze some, dried some and made jelly from some, as well as saving some to eat fresh. It felt good to get the greenhouse all cleaned out. If you're interested, I wrote a blog post about preserving my peppers at http://thymeforhealth.ca/recipes/preserving-peppers/



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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4470 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4470 Posts

Posted - Nov 14 2016 :  07:53:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful peppers?

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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Ninibini
True Blue Farmgirl

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Nini
Pennsylvania
USA
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Posted - Nov 15 2016 :  1:44:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara, I have to tell you: For us, this definitely WAS the year of the peppers! We still have some growing out in the garden, even though we had uprooted the plants to allow them to compost in place! We grew all sorts of different kinds of peppers, and every single one BURGEONED! I canned them, I made hot pepper spread, I froze them, I dehydrated them, I stuffed them... I did almost everything pepper I could think of shy of fermented hot pepper sauce (next year, I hope!). Our neighbors all got some, and our next door neighbor even took them over to his elderly sister - even the uber hot ones! So, I don't know why peppers were elected Herb of the Year for 2016, exactly, but I have to say, it definitely was it's finest year in our garden! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us this year - it was awesome! Hugs and love - Nini

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4470 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4470 Posts

Posted - Nov 15 2016 :  1:51:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nina, so happy your peppers did so well. I had two Tabasco pepper plants and made pepper sauce.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.

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