All summer long I have wondered about the peppers I bought from two different sources. The plants looked healthy and I would get blooms, but the peppers were never very big. I have been getting lots of decent sized banana peppers, but the bell and cow horn peppers just haven't been that big. The community garden has been even worse. It has been embarrassing to even bring those to church to sell and most weeks I have had to buy them and bring them home. Well with all the rain has come the peppers. They have really turned the corner at my house and it appears so at the community garden as well. This weekend I picked the largest pepper I have ever grown. I showed everyone in the house when I picked it. When I sat down to dinner Sunday night Kacy had prepared a breakfast casserole for dinner since we had so many eggs with all the chickens laying. She included potatoes, onions and bell peppers as well. Halfway through I asked if she used the chopped up frozen bell peppers or had she used the fresh ones. She said the fresh ones. Then I followed up with "Was it the big one?" and she said "Yes. It was easier to just chop up one big one than a couple of smaller ones." I admit I was a little disappointed. I was pretty proud of that pepper. At least we ate it at the height of freshness. I would have probably stared at that thing until it was wrinkled. Below is a picture of the giant. I wish I could have taken a better picture that could have shown the scale of it. I will miss it, but it was tasty. It looks like we will have good sized peppers the rest of the season and hopefully we will have a few really big ones too.
Erich is an avid gardener who has his own home garden consisting of annual vegetable crops and as many perennial fruit plants he can possibly plant, runs a church sponsored community garden, tends his chickens and a rabbit, enjoys experimenting with growing techniques and living more sustainably.