May 5th, 2009

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Austin Too Hot for Peppers?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Just read some disturbing info at http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/vegetables/pepper.html regarding pepper plants.

Peppers, like tomatoes, are sensitive to temperature. Most peppers will drop their blooms when daytime temperatures get much above 90 degrees F. in combination with night temperatures above 75 degrees F.

Hmm, that doesn’t bode well for Central Texas, where temps get well into the 90s and above during summer (see average Austin temeratures). They did mention that jalapenos fare a bit better than other peppers. We’ll see.

Earthbox Must Wait

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Got an Earthbox for my birthday, which was last weekend, so I was behind the spring planting curve to begin with. Want to try squash in it, so I thought I would head down to the local nursery and grab some seedlings and be on my way. Well, there were some sqaush seedlings there, but they did not look so healthy, and they did not have any of the recommended squash varieties for Travis County. So I spent another day hopping to several nurseries in the vicinity, to no avail. Ended up ordering seeds from Johnny’s Seeds, which means that I now have to wait for the seeds to ship, and then wait for them to germinate. Grrr.

Baby Jalapeños

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

First baby jalapenos are forming, about 1/2 inch long (two of them). This is my first attempt at container gardening. Eager to see how things turn out.

Still pretty small

Still pretty small

First pepper

First pepper

First two peppers!  And an ant (see it?)

First two peppers! And an ant (see it?)

So now I’m wondering if ants will harm the pepper plant. Will have to investigate. They are small black ants. Not too many on there.