Posted by Brenda Gorseth | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 12-09-2014
If you’ve been following my blog (all three of you), then you’ll know I planted the peppers in the front this year instead of flowers to save them from the frost (which by the way didn’t happen last night thankfully) and give them plenty of heat. I harvested a bunch on Wednesday in anticipation of Frost Fright ’14 and was taken aback by how many and how big they were. I have never been able to get red peppers-they usually get frost bitten before they can mature to the deep red, but this year I have a box of them. I would have more had I not picked them, but I guess I’d rather pick them big, green, and unfrozen than get that touch of frost on them. I brought out a five gallon bucket thinking that would suffice for the peppers-that lasted three plants. I have a sun room full of jalapenos and green/red peppers to process and not enough time or me to do them. Baby steps, Bob, baby steps. I am very pleased with the size of both and can’t wait to make all kinds of fun things with them…once again, I will become like Forrest Gump and make stuffed peppers, pepper jelly, raspberry jalapeno jam, Ugly Sister Rhubarb Salsa, onion pepper relish….the list goes on and on.
I went to the capitol yesterday to sell at the Pride of Dakota show there and loved it-good crowds, friendly people and plenty of samples. They cleaned out the peach salsa and onion pepper relish; while I can make more of the latter, the peach salsa is done for the year. The only problem with doing a show like that is I still had to come home and cover everything in the garden in anticipation of the frost. It was almost 8 o’clock by the time I picked up my son from town, so we compromised; we covered half the garden and the other half I irrigated from 4:30-7 am to see if that would work. I did the same with the peppers in front; there’s nothing worse than covering them only to squish the poor things. Well, it worked, but only because it didn’t freeze. Now I’ll never know if that method really does work…and I still have to go out there this morning and take off the covers from the plants we did cover. The politics of gardening…
I am really excited for the Bison game and Game Day coming to Fargo, but I won’t be there; I took a catering job months ago despite knowing it was the Bison opener. I tried to get the gal to change the date but wasn’t very successful. Thank goodness, I guess, for the DVR. It’s all good; I set up a card table, newspaper and twenty pairs of gloves by the tv so I can process peppers while watching the replay. May as well multi-task! Jalapenos and I do not get along very well; between the sneezing and coughing, I wear multiple layers of gloves to avoid it getting on my hands. The first year I didn’t know any better and suffered BADLY from my ignorance. I burned my lips, eyes-anything I touched even after scrubbing my hands burned. It was a bad night.
Well, you know what is waiting for me-the veggies. No sense it putting it off any longer, so it’s time to put on some tunes (duh, 80s of course) layer up on gloves, and get busy. For those high school football fanatics-have fun tonight watching the young men play; it’s what fall is all about. That and harvest. But I digress….