About two weeks ago, Jaime started the very first of the seeds. She seeded all of the peppers, except for the Jalapenos, which were seeded late last week. This year, since we are planning on taking a table at the local Farmer’s Market, we will be starting more seeds than usual. At the end of May, we are hoping to sell seedlings (including some of these peppers).
Here’s the setup we have in the basement; great for starting lots of seedlings with some extra warmth and light. We have lots of lights in the room and one by one, they will be turned on once the first seedling trays have been slid under them.
This picture was taken in 2009, since then we’ve done a lot of work in that room, painting and plumbing so we could add a sink which has been a big help.
Here’s the first of the peppers coming up. There are 2 seeds planted in each cup and later, after they’ve grown, we’ll transplant them into their own pot. We are going to be growing all the peppers in the greenhouse. Since our evenings get cool even in the middle of summer, it’s a safer bet to just keep them in the greenhouse all season long.
Here’s a picture from just a few days ago. The peppers are doing great. We have had a great germination rate and so we’ll be doing a lot of transplanting in a few weeks. That’s OK, as we want lots of pepper plants growing this year.
We’re doing both hot and sweet peppers, including Habaneros, Red Cayenne, Banana, California Wonder, Purple Bell and a few others.
We’ve got a few good ideas for preserving any left over peppers this year. We will likely pickle a few jars, then make jellies with the rest of them. We’ll dehydrate some too. Are you growing peppers this year? What varieties are you going with?