Preserving an Abundance of Peppers in the Freezer

Year after year, I find myself with an abundance of peppers at the end of the growing season. Peppers are a warm-weather crop, but once they're established, they continue to grow in the cool weather of early fall as long as the temperature doesn't get down to freezing. 

Pepper plants do not tolerate even a light freeze, so when it freezes, the plants and the peppers are done.

Freezing your extra peppers...

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Planting the Summer Garden

Here in Zone 6, I'm harvesting my spring crops briskly. Every time I go to my garden plot, there's something ready to be picked. Peas, carrots, beets, and lettuce. The spinach is already done! 

This also means that the spaces these crops are occupying will soon be open. 

Space is a limited resource in my garden plot, and I don't want to waste it! So, what goes in next?

What Can I Grow?

Two considerations are most important: how much...

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Tutorial: A Beginner's Guide to Reading Vegetable Seed Packets

Seed packets for consumers like you and me are required by law to contain truthful information about the seeds in the packet. The intent of the law is to ensure the buyer knows exactly what they are buying, and to provide the consumer with some basic instructions for how to plant and grow the seed successfully. 

It seems pretty obvious. The information on a seed packet is regulated at a national level to provide...

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Thinking About Peppers

On Sunday evening, I did a "Facebook Live" for a short visit with the Till and Trowel online community. I've been doing these little segments for about a month now - calling them "Sundays Off Season," in which I demonstrate or discuss something garden-related that a gardener does in the off season.

I had received my first seed catalog in the mail finally, and I flipped through it on camera, pointing out various features. 

I lingered...

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What I'm Planting in May and June

As May rolls into June, the weather is becoming more summer-like. The spring cool season vegetables are beginning to finish up their productive time. Fortunately, you can use their space to plant other crops that grow their best in the heat of summer. 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable to grow - and it's no surprise. There is nothing like the flavor of a home-grown tomato. I use starter plants...

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