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   StormCnter  My dad had a favorite little hot pepper (fiery hot ) he called a chile peteen. The plants would grow very fast and birds loved the peppers. I have tried for a long time to locate the peppers, the seeds, the plants...anything, but my searches always turned up the pequin pepper, which is different. Finally, today, I found Daddy's pepper. It's apparently a tepin, not a peteen. This is definitely the right one. Anyone else familiar with this little super-hot delicacy? Three or four in a bowl of frijoles make a real difference.
   September 26 at 17:45 EST .



   BirdsNest  I will have to locate seed for planting next year. I planted "chiltepin" hot peppers on the advice of one of the migrants. They are tiny hot numbers ripening to black. I harvested a few and gave them to the man who requested them. Still there are plenty on the plants. I forget about them.
September 26 at 21:32 EST .


   StormCnter  Thank you, Bird. I'm glad someone else knows about them. I was surprised to find that although they are native to northern Mexico, Texas and New Mexico, they are a "protected plant. As easy as they are to grow, that's hard to believe. Amazon has the seeds, as do several web seed stores. They dry easily and well, too.
September 27 at 05:41 EST .


   MeiDei  Just glanced over a blurb stating people who eat spicy foods tend to live longer and have fewer illnesses. It's time to upload on more in our house this year ; )
Storm you mention ease of drying these hotties - any tips?
Tried a few times unsuccessfully w/a variety [jalapenos, habanero, etc.] One of the 5 big local food chains has a wide selection of hot peppers, another offers bags of dried, and another offers Asian hard-to-find ingredients.
September 27 at 09:52 EST .


   StormCnter  Mei, my mother used to simply spread them on a sunny windowsill. Because they are so small, they dry much quicker than other peppers. I have read they can be dried in a dehydrator, too.

BTW, it's true about people who eat spicy foods being ill less often. Hispanics are a prime example. Something about the capsaicin is beneficial to the respiratory system and seems to help arthritis sufferers.
September 27 at 13:53 EST .


   StormCnter  I'm not going to order seeds from Amazon. The photo at Amazon doesn't look like these peppers. But, Parkseed.com has them at a reasonable price. According to Park Seed, "'Tepin' peppers measure between 50,000 and 100,000 on the Scoville heat index, which is essentially off-the-charts hot. (Jalapeno is only about 5,000 Scovilles, by comparison. )" They are VERY hot.
September 27 at 14:00 EST .


   BirdsNest  I have tried to dehydrate hot peppers in my Excaliber. It's a forced air unit. As they dried the area was quickly filled with hot pepper fumrs. I tossed the peppers. Took a day for the area to air out. I was afraid the fumes would aggravate or throats/noses and not be good for the parrots in the house. Now....my friend has had great success dehydrating hers in her oven. Gas. I think she it is a Jenn Air. Anyway she has had great luck with dehydrating peppers(no fumes ) and herbs. After they cool she puts them in jars and vacuum seals the jars.
September 27 at 14:39 EST .


   MeiDei  Thank you both. I used to pickle jalapenos and successfully can them - using just a vinegar, water & salt solution.
Wednesday at 10:13 EST .


   BirdsNest  My apologies. Green to black ripens to red.
I have pulled a lot of them and will save seed. I read they are the only hot pepper native to the US. And are very hot. I may see if I can pot one to bring inside to winter over. I got my seeds from
Totally Tomatoes.....online.
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   BirdsNest  Now that we have had nine inches rain in 4 days maybe
I can pull weeds out of raised beds. I am just not feeling.much like gardening. Need to get over that!!
September 22 at 08:47 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Ok. Yesterday I cleaned weeds out of 3 raised beds. Bed #4 will need more than just weeds pulled. Needs to be replaced. So maybe next month I can buy the lumber to do that. Beds #5&6 have pepper plants and zinnias in bloom. Would have pulled the zinnias but thete are still pollinators buzzing and fluttering around them so they stayed. The last bed had jalapenos growing so I weeded and left the peppers awhile longer. I am sick of looking at weeds. Hagar is probably as disgusted with it as I am.
September 26 at 08:53 EST .


   MeiDei  Disgusted or not, he understands Bird. Now you have me craving jalapenos - good thing I'll be off to the store soon.
September 26 at 13:42 EST .


   BirdsNest  Garlic is planted. Hooray.
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   StormCnter  I want to call attention to a Texas treasure, the "Antique Rose Emporium" in Brenham. They specialize in old-fashioned roses, the hardy survivors we see growing around abandoned farmhouses and along fencelines, plus great old fragrant flowers we've forgotten about and aren't available in our nurseries. I have ordered many plants from them and got a yellow rose last year that astonished me by blooming all the way through a Texas hot summer. Anyway, poke around the website and you might find a rose meant for you. They ship all over the US. PS: I have no ties nor financial interest in the ARE, just wanted to pass the word along. https://www.antiqueroseemporium.com/
September 15 at 07:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  just because it fits this wall
Something to remember

   September 5 at 16:18 EST .

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   BirdsNest  That is for sure!!
September 22 at 08:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I was thinking about what would taste good with a chicken tender so I put a bit of fig jam on a piece. Good, but not what I wanted. So I thought about hot fig jam and made some Hot Lemon Pepper Fig Jam. Now that is really tasty!! I have made 6 half pints to gift to friends.
September 5 at 14:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  You made me remember a dish I used to make - I called it 'moving day chicken' - baked chicken with all the open condiments in the fridge + strawberry jam mixed together and poured over, baked at 35o for +/-45 mins. My husband liked it so much when we got to his next duty station he went out and bought all I used. So Bird, I call that - cooking w/authority - good for you!
September 5 at 15:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Finally, I have something growing and ripening....FIGS.
I was surprised by ripe figs this afternoon. There aree quite
a few on the trees but did not think any were ready. Picked a gallon.
Hagar would be so pleased.
August 22 at 19:33 EST .

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   MeiDei  What do you do w/your figs once picked?
August 23 at 06:27 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Birdy dehydrated some figs and I ordered them. YUMMY
I ate them like potato chips, couldn't stop !
August 23 at 06:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have a breadmaker with a "jam" cycle so I have been making fig jam. It has to be refrigerated once cooled because I am not going to hot water bath 1 pint or 2 half pints. It only makes a small amount. I am making them to gift to friends. Hagar loved the fig trees and since our anniversary is coming up I wanted to gift the fig jam. I will also likely dehydrate them once they start ripening in quantities. They don't hold long as fresh. I LOVE to eat fresh figs.
August 24 at 06:38 EST .


   MeiDei  I switched from hot water baths to steaming. Same times. When I have pints & 1/2 pints I use my large fry pan that has a separate cut out ring for egg cups [minus cups] w/about an inch or so of water in pan; bring to a boil, put in jars leaving cut outs clear & top with the bottom of largest pot from set as a cover and start timing. Works the same as the dedicated steamer - located somewhere in my attic crawl space ; )
August 24 at 07:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Been making fig jam, two half pints at a time. Gifting them to friends. This Sat would have been our 40th anniversary so the gifts of fig jam are from us to our friends. Hagar would have been happy with that.
August 29 at 09:33 EST .

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   StormCnter  The birds and squirrels get most of my fig crops every year. They are speedy critters.
August 29 at 10:08 EST .

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   Surfhut  Hi, Bird. So happy you have figs! Back in SoCal my dwarf Turkish Brown tree produced so much fruit that I made jam for Christmas gifts, stuffed and baked them, ate them raw, and still had fresh figs to give my neighbors. Enjoy them, dear Bird.
September 3 at 12:04 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Birdy, Your Instapot will make better jam and faster jam than your breadmaker.
September 18 at 15:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  Cont'd from Blessing Wall - I have wild black berries that are out of control, will cutting them down to the ground stop their spread? They travel underground and pop up in the lawn every 20' or so, hairy thorny devils - the birds get to the berries before I do. The wild roses tip root, or if a cane is prone it roots along the length, some are 12' growing up the side of a tree - lost all my peonies, daylilies, Stargazer lilies, Shasta daisies, reg. roses, asparagus & rhubarb in flower & veg garden due to their invasion - truly a "bloody" jungle. Broke down & used a brush killer a few years ago - waste of time and money. Any suggestions appreciated.
June 23 at 06:46 EST .

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   StormCnter  It takes a really aggressive intruder to wipe out daylilies.
I have no experience with either blackberries or wild roses, but dewberry bushes will do the same sort of thing. I use Roundup, but Roundup probably isn't practical for a widespread problem.
June 24 at 05:58 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Nothing short of grubbing out the roots.
Cutting them to the ground only makes
them stronger. Looks good for awhile.
Then BANG!! There they are
June 27 at 19:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks Bird, Storm. Roundup didn't work for me. The yardmen pulled the invaders from the front beds & took out original plants whose roots were hopelessly entangled - now bare & ready for attention. 5 more areas to clear first & not he easiest ones.
June 28 at 11:23 EST .

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   StormCnter  I've had a Sago Palm for about six years. It has required a lot of protection during Texas winters, but makes it through with a little trimming of frozen fronds here and there. But, I had no idea it would bloom. Research tells me this suddenly appearing "bud"/"flower" means the plant is male. Who knew? I didn't.
   June 15 at 11:51 EST .

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   MeiDei  Fascinating, you made me want to know a little more : )
Storm you have a stud plant - check out it's future....
http://www.rhapisgardens.com/sagos/sagos
eed.htm
June 15 at 17:50 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thank you, Mei. I'll forego the seed planting, however, since I don't know anyone else with a Sago, male or female. They're not common in these parts. I'll lop off the bloom when it begins looking ugly.
June 16 at 05:50 EST .

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   Linder  We are enjoying Swiss Chard and lettuce from the garden. Season the chard with bacon and onions...serve with vinegar. So good. Love this month of Spring. Mornings are perfection.
June 2 at 20:27 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Sorry. Tried to add a couple of ideas for cooking chard. Cell phone not co-operating.
June 3 at 12:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  Bird, has the weather affected you adversely? I just heard a report of rain for your area through Thursday - hope it's wrong.
May 29 at 16:26 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Accurate.
May 29 at 20:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I was able to work for a few hours yesterday in the garden before the spotty rain showers turned serious. Only got some squash plants in the ground along with some seeds. I had to put down wet newspaper, then straw on top while I was doing it. And had to yell at "Lucy" the barred rock hen....she wanted to scratch in the newly disturbed earth. Sugar snap peas are starting to be ready, cut a few heads of broccoli and gifted them, Swiss chard, regular peas are making, and Caraflex cabbge is heading up(pointy head cabbage ). Don't have much done, it's a big area and I have 2 weeks to get it all planted. And mulched. Our friend in NC got me a little cultivator, gas powered,used. Mine went belly-up.
May 31 at 09:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  They changed the weather forecast, not as many days of rain showers, I may get to work out there a few days. I am hopeful.
May 31 at 09:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  A friend came over yesterday to help in the garden. We laid out 4 rows with the holes dug and stretched out soaker hoses. It was too hot to plant so I waited til early evening. Got the rows planted, finished the squash row planting,planted corn in a side bed complete with newspaper mulch and straw on top. Have to put something on top of the newspaper because it quickly dries out and the wind peels it away. She is coming back for a couple of hours today so we can get more rows laid out.
June 2 at 06:43 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Got two 75ft rows peppers planted last evening. Beans and okra planted today.
June 3 at 12:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  Your energy and ambition is admirable!
June 8 at 16:51 EST .

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