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Pepper & Cucumber Update

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The cucumber is finally starting to fruit. The li’l cukes are teensy tiny compared to the squash. The flowers are also much smaller.

Earthbox Cucumber

Spacemaster Cucumber Baby

Finally getting some peppers forming too.

Earthbox Jalpeno

First Jalapeno

Earthbox Serrano Pepper

First Serrano

Earthbox Update

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Squash is coming along nicely at day 35 since direct-seeding in the Earthbox. The Eight Ball variety is winning the race at this point–seems much more vigorous that the other varieties. Second is probably Multipik, followed by Zephyr. The cucumber I planted isn’t worth mentioning yet–very slow growing at this point.

Now we just need to get some bees involved.

Eight Ball Squash in Earthbox

The Eight Ball squash is the early favorite

Multipik Squash in Earthbox

Multipik babies appearing

Zephyr Squash in Earthbox

Zephyr -- two tone baby squash just visible

Earthbox Squash

Earthbox Squash at day 35

Peppers are starting to take off. Very interested to see how they do in the Earthbox.

Earthbox Peppers

Peppers in the Earthbox

Variegated Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea shot--they're starting to bloom!

Earthbox Peppers Planted

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Harvested the last of the Earthbox lettuce and replaced it with peppers. Will be the first try with peppers in an Earthbox. Here’s the setup:

Earthbox peppers

The lettuce was a success. I found the Black Seeded Simpson to be the best producer. The Lollo Rossa was good, but produced much less than the others. The Salad Bowl was a good producer, but the leaf form is not as full as Black Seeded Simpson. Next go round I’ll probably plant mostly Black Seeded Simpson with a couple of Lollo Rossa for variety. Love the color of the Lollo Rossa.

Final Earthbox Lettuce Harvest

First Poblano

Friday, May 15th, 2009

First poblanos are forming finally, about 39 days after I planted the seedling. The first jalapeno appeared much sooner, by the 27th day or so after planting the seedling. Still no harvestable peppers yet, but getting closer!

First Poblano Forming

First Poblano Forming

Austin Too Hot for Peppers?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Just read some disturbing info at 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.