Outdoor Peppers 2015

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Transplanted out most of the peppers. The remaining two are living outside in their starter pots. I want to give the cabbages at least another week, and those are the smallest of the transplants - they can wait.

The main season line-up is:

upstairs growbox: (eventually) 3 carmen, 1 banana, and 1 lunchbox pepper (1 carmen, 1 lunchbox waitlisted)
in-ground garden: cute stuff gold, a mini bell (first try)
driveway pot: another lunchbox pepper

The growbox has a nutrient patch installed with the cabbages. That ought to be enough until July or so. The downstairs peppers were planted with powdered lime and organic tomato fertilizer.

The indoor/outdoor peppers are now solidly outdoors, graduating from this other topic, having already harvested 17 of the lunchbox. The lunchbox pepper is now 30 weeks old, the carmen 18 weeks. They've set a bunch of new fruit the past couple weeks, hardening outdoors. The carmen just got a cage today. The elder lunchbox is a squat individual - I don't think it has any support. I tried the banana treatment on it this week. It ignored me - no ripening.

Harvests:
indoor/outdoor:
107 - orange lunchbox pepper (first green ~1/25 at 15 weeks, first ripe 2/8 at 17 weeks)
41 - carmen, first ~5/28

outdoor:
110 - in-season carmen peppers (4 plants, first 7/31)
101 - yellow lunchbox pepper (2 plants, first yellow 7/31)
45 - yellow cute stuff gold mini bell (first 7/31)
26 - banana pepper (first scarlet 8/9)

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The End. Deep freeze tonight,

The End. Deep freeze tonight, so terminated all peppers yesterday.

Fortunately, unripe peppers are edible... Lots and lots of unripe peppers. smiley

I may buy new banana pepper seeds next year - that plant didn't produce like past bananas. Ending the orange lunchbox pepper was sad - we'd been together for over a year, and its fruit are awesome. If you like carmen peppers, but would prefer even sweeter, with almost no seeds, and thicker crunchier walls - yummm. The yellow and red lunchbox are good, too. The yellow cute stuff were cute, but eh on flavor.

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Another 2 weeks, another 24

Another 2 weeks, another 24 peppers. Doing well, still ripening. Eventually whatever's left will be harvested green. If frost holds off, that may not be until after Halloween. Haven't removed any plants yet, but the indoor-outdoor carmen might be out of fruit. The indoor-outdoor lunchbox, now over a year old, still has some fruit left. (I've plucked off buds for a month or so.)

That growbox on my balcony doesn't produce peppers or tomatoes very well. Just not enough sun. It can sure produce a lot of eggplant if I let it.

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Another 3 weeks and 105

Another 3 weeks and 105 peppers - September is prime time for peppers in Connecticut. I've just started to pick them part-green still. They finish ripening off the vine, and it gives a little extra vitality to the remainder. I looked over all the plants today - none of them are done. The ones in the driveway I scooted forward to get more sun for the time remaining.

The picture of harvest on the table is today's harvest sorted out for counting, plus a bowl of stuff I haven't gotten around to using or giving away yet.

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Another 3 weeks and 79

Another 3 weeks and 79 peppers. This time, though, there were 30 big carmen peppers - lots! smiley We're been eating them as fruit for lunch, mostly.

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Another 3 weeks and 43

Another 3 weeks and 43 peppers. The in-season peppers are starting to really come in now, though the balcony carmen peppers have a lot of rot issues. That usually leaves half the fruit still usable, though.

Harvested my first yellow from the lunchbox pepper series - they're good, though I think orange is tastiest. Big size differential - yellow much bigger than orange much bigger than red. They all taste good, and they're pretty and nearly seedless, which does make them great for eating without a knife.

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3 weeks, another 35 peppers

3 weeks, another 35 peppers harvested from the indoor-outdoor plants, all delicious. They're about to slow down on harvest and grow their next wave. Nothing ripe yet on the in-season plants, though the first "mini" golden bell will be ripe in a few days. It's not very mini. Gave those three plants (only) more fertilizer yesterday.

The in-season plants are tall for peppers. With not much fruit on board. The weather's been funky this year, with a lot of chill in June, and alternating hot and chill in July. There's one lunchbox pepper upstairs that doesn't have a single inch-long fruit yet. Maybe I should just remove the plant.

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Harvested another 20 peppers

Harvested another 20 peppers from the indoor/outdoor plants - they're doing great!

The in-season plants are going slowly even for peppers. Too much cool weather dropped a lot of fruitlets. The cute stuff is the only one of those plants in danger of producing a ripe fruit in July. I think some of those (mini-bells) are terminal size now, just fattening up. Some bug really chomped on that plant, not sure which. Earwigs and leafhoppers have been legion this year.

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Harvested another 6 peppers

Harvested another 6 peppers from the indoor/outdoor plants. Those plants are heavily loaded. Some of the carmens have rot spots, but mostly I can cut that off and eat the rest of the fruit.

The in-season plants are setting fruit, and toddling along. The cute stuff seems tastier to bugs than other pepper plants. I hardly ever have insect damage to pepper plants outside, but that in-ground plant is getting mauled. (Didn't take a picture.)

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Harvested 17 orange lunchbox

Harvested 17 orange lunchbox peppers - that's as many as it bore all winter, and this flush is still ripening more. And harvested the first 2 indoor/outdoor carmen peppers. A couple more of those are ripening, too.

Several of the in-season outdoor peppers are in bloom - 2 of the carmens, and the cute stuff mini bells. The others should bloom soon.

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Peppers doing well. Finally

Peppers doing well. Finally harvested out the cabbage and installed the final array of growbox peppers last weekend.

Next batch of orange lunchbox peppers ripening, and the first 2 carmens, from the indoor/outdoor peppers. These are the only two plants I've protected from the 42°F nights lately - hopefully that's over. But peppers tend to drop little fruit when it's below 50°F, and those two plants have a lot of baby fruit!

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