Monday, November 7, 2011

Am I a Gardener?

This spring, Rachel and I planted basil, oregano, parsley, green onion, rosemary, thyme, lemongrass, green bell pepper and jalapeno pepper. We looked forward to the many dishes that would benefit from these herbs & vegetables. It was overall a fabulous summer with many delicious foods.

Most of the plants did well. It seemed like the basil needed to be picked every few days. The oregano was growing like a vine; as was the thyme. The peppers on the other hand, never got going. I love to cook spicy food. I was definitely looking forward to some bell peppers in salads, spaghetti and rice dishes. The jalapeno peppers would definitely add some kick to soups, sauces and whatever else I could sneak it in without Rachel knowing (until she took a bite).

Unfortunately, all the peppers had to come from the store. Take a look at our lack of a bumper crop this year.

The larger bell pepper on the left is about the size of a golf ball. This was the harvest.

Not even a bud of a pepper on the jalapeno peppers all season.

If you have any advice for how to get a more bountiful pepper crop, i'm all ears.

Happy Eating


  1. You definitely are an herb gardener--your herbs were happy and prolific. Maybe the peppers need more sun? I hear from experienced gardners that this past summer was an odd one because of wacky weather, so you may not be to blame. Good luck next year!

  2. Put 'em in the ground with full sun! I would think that the north end of your backyard would be a good spot in the summer for them, away from the shade of the grape arbor. :)


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