This year we got an earlier start on our transplants so had to double transplant some of them. Luffa requires almost 300 days of sunlight to get fully ripened Luffa so we started them very early and moved them into 4 inch posts before we transplanted into quart sized pots and then again into their final home.
Since last year’s broccoli was phenomenal having started them early under covered tunnels, we tried it again this year. The broccoli transplants went through 3 winter storms last spring we are expecting at least one this year. It’s been said the chill from a light frost improves the flavor of cabbage family plants. Broccoli is one of them.
Of course we grew basil, tomatoes and pepper transplants. They always take a long time to get to size but once they do, they rapidly produce. At least that has been our experience to date.
We have been hardening off the plants but will not drop them into the ground until we are sure the snow is past us.
This year we planned to grow a variety of peppers for just ourselves but ended up with some to sell as well. We had a red bell pepper, jalapenos, sweet banana peppers and a fantastic super sweet red pepper called Lipstick. It’s the brilliant red one in the upper left corner of the picture. It’s shaped like a giant candy corn. The fun part of growing peppers is watching the array of colors that change through the season. In the picture you can also see the green bell pepper, one turned yellow and one in process of turning red. Even the banana peppers, if not pulled at the peak yellow ripeness will turn shades of orange and then red. They are all edible, just with a slight flavor change.
The jalapeno plants did not bear any fruit this year. Very disappointing and not sure why it happened. Will try again next year and see if we have more success.
We are still not happy with the bell pepper results. In the dry environment the walls of the peppers aren’t as thick as you would hope. We did collect seed from the lipstick pepper and plan to focus on that next year along with the banana peppers. That’s the man of the house favorite pepper.