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You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks

You Can Grow a Lot of Hot Weather Plants Down Here in the Ozarks

I'm still here in the Ozarks after teaching summer folk school classes last week. This gardening season, the gardeners planted lots of plants here with the upcoming Herb Harvest Fall Festival in mind. This year the featured countries are Central America, the Caribbean basin and Mexico, so plants from those regions are growing here. Those regions of the world are hot and tropical and those plants seem to be doing well here in the Ozarks where the hot temperatures have been extreme.

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September Garden Harvest

September Garden Harvest

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Well the late September garden is full of chiles as well as herbs to harvest and preserve... that's what I've been doing the past few days. And the annual flowers are blooming their hearts out--getting the last of the calendula flower heads and gathered the nasturtiums for a lovely, peppery vinegar. I also sowed some lettuce seeds, cold-weather spinach, cilantro,kale and radishes; I am not sure whether they will germinate and produce before the cold weather sets in, though I decided to take a chance. If they do germinate, I'll be covering them with floating row cover for sure.

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Last Day of Summer

Last Day of Summer

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Today is the last day of summer and tomorrow heralds the autumnal equinox. The summer garden is definitely looking like fall is in the air. See what my zone 7 Maryland garden looks like and what I'm harvesting and preserving.

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Capsicum Dreaming on Such a Winters Day

Capsicum Dreaming on Such a Winter's Day

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I am sitting here by the woodstove with my seed catalogs and laptop and dreaming of this year's garden, pouring over the huge variety of seeds and plants available. It is challenging to whittle down the choices. Presently, I am concentrating on the Herb of the Year for 2016, Capsicum. Although, I do grow some sweet peppers, my passion is for chile peppers, so I am going to share some that are on my list, as well as a few of the catalogs that I am ordering from.

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Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016

Capsicum, Herb of the Year 2016

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The International Herb Association has chosen Capsicum as Herb of the Year for 2016. I am a confessed chilehead and have been perusing seed catalogs for my favorite chiles, as well as for new selections (or new to me) to feature in this year's garden beds. See my favorites--and why they are thus so. Here's to a hot and spicy year ahead!

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Chile Pepper Season

Chile Pepper Season

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Just before it frosted in my Maryland zone 7 garden, we harvested all of the chiles that were mature--and some that were still green. Many chiles were snipped from the plants into buckets, however, some plants covered with small chiles were just pulled up by the roots and hung to dry. Been processing them by various methods and have saved some out in the refrigerator to bring to the IHA Conference in Florida next week.

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More on Fermenting Chiles

More on Fermenting Chiles

My last post I showed you how to ferment chile peppers. This brief video shows a few more fermentation lids, how to tell when chiles are ready and how to store them.

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Fermenting Chile Peppers

Fermenting Chile Peppers

It is the chile harvest season and time to put up the bounty! fermenting hot peppers is a great alternative to pickling and canning--offering great flavor, more vitamins and minerals and better health. Check it out...

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Habaneros: The Big Hot One!

Habaneros: The Big Hot One!

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Right about now, we chileheads are in chile heaven (think hotter than hell!) since it is the peak of the chile harvest. I have a bumper crop of habaneros--big ones--find out what I am doing with them.

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Fish Peppers

Fish Peppers

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Here is a plant that you will want to grow in your garden this year; this gardener's pick deserves a whole blog. I grew these chiles last summer--had four plants--the leaves are variegated and the chiles are somewhat striated and often striped so they are handsome plants, very ornamental. Not to mention, they are hot!

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Getting the Most from Your Midsummer Veggie Garden

Getting the Most from Your Midsummer Veggie Garden

Whether you are new to vegetable gardening or a seasoned veteran, you'll find useful growing tips in the articles and videos highlighted here. For more timely gardening information and...

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Kitchen Bundles--Another Easy Fragrant Gift for the Holidays

Kitchen Bundles--Another Easy Fragrant Gift for the Holidays

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Kitchen bundles and mini herbal wreaths are simple to make and are a delightful little house gift or ornament for the gardener as well as the cook. They smell good, can be made ahead and are good to use fresh or dried.

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Time to Decorate for the Holly-days

Time to Decorate for the Holly-days

The garden is the perfect place to find materials and inspiration for hand-crafted holiday decorations, like chile pepper angels.

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Quick and Easy Homemade Salsa

Quick and Easy Homemade Salsa

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I make this all of the time without using a recipe, so it varies with what is in season and what I have on hand.

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Sweet Onions with Roasted Chile and Feta Cheese Stuffing

Sweet Onions with Roasted Chile and Feta Cheese Stuffing

Sweet onions are stuffed with creamy feta cheese, caramelized onions, breadcrumbs, and a touch of cream that's offset by the punch of roasted chile pepper purée.

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Chile Oil

Chile Oil

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Flavored oils like this one can be used in lieu of adding the seasoning directly to a dish.

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