HARVEST REPORT – 2004
Orozco - Fair Turnout
Laotian - Bumper Crop
Thai - Bumper Crop
Barbados - Decent Amount
Yellow Jalapeno - Not Enough
Fatalii - Good
Tangerine Pimento - Good
Yellow Jamaican Scotch Bonnet - Bumper Crop
Cheleano - Prolific
Quadrato Di Asti Gialla Rosa - Decent Amount
Yellow Peru - Bountiful
2004 was a good harvest overall
and many seeds were saved. Two batches
of hot sauce were made and both were pretty darn hot. I still have got to get to an incredible
amount of dried hot chiles as of update time -
Thais and Laotians.
Garfield Farm was fun as usual
this year. I also had the incredible
opportunity to speak about seed saving and gardening with the Czechoslovakian
Garden Club in Cicero, Illinois, this last autumn. I brought my Seed Savers Exchange books to
pass around and shared many sweet pepper, chile
pepper, tomato, cilantro and basil seeds. This Czech Garden Club has a great plant
and flower exhibition/show every year, I believe. I presented on the night of their award
show and it was great to see people receiving awards for their bests of this
and that from flowers to vegetables and miscellaneous participation. I started the rumor that next year the
Cicero Town Council is going to test the winners for steroid use. What a great gardening club!
I confess I've felt a little
bad procrastinating in updating this website.
But Life beckons and things happen.
I did actually create a 2002 Harvest Report, but due to some type of
mysterious snafu or electronic hiccup or enigmatic software glitch, the text
of the report was accidentally deleted. And sadly that loss de-motivated my
Muse in 2003. 2002 and 2003 were good
years too, though not as good as 2004.
I was really happy to see the triumphant return of the Barbados chile as I had not grown it out as successfully as I'd
like to for probably 3 or 4 years now.
It's the one to keep in the greenhouse because the leaves will fall
off with the first cold winds of September.
What a difference the greenhouse made with this variety! But lest you think I didn't garden in 2002
or 2003 just because I didn't get around to updating Jimmy's Chiles dotcom, I
want to clarify for the record that I did!
May your peppers and gardening
endeavors prosper in 2005!
January 13, 2005
from our backyard and a view from downtown Chicago:
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