Herbs and Peppers

We bought some plants yesterday.

This is new ground for us.

We have talked about planting a garden for years but it’s never happened. The biggest reason I think is because we’ve always felt frustrated by the prospect that we might be moved again just as the garden was starting to flourish or that the garden would not be able to go with us.

I suggested recently that we try planting just a few things in pots, that way we could take them with us.

Don never listens to me. We were at Lowe’s and Home Depot yesterday, pricing out supplies for another mountainous project, and he looked at me and said, “I wonder if we could try just a couple of plants out on the balcony?” Huh, didn’t I just suggest that a few weeks ago?

After about an hour or more of looking, and a few phone calls to Don’s folks for advice on soil and other specifics, we finally made it out of the store.

This one was already coming along pretty well, even though it had no little identification stick to tell us what it is or how to care for it. The clerk at the store said another customer had just been looking at it and had told her it was a kind of pepper. Well that’s just the kind of thing we like so we said let’s try it.

We harvested a few for dinner last night and sure enough, they are spicy little peppers of some type. Not off the charts spicy, I was able to eat one raw, but definitely had a little kick.

They are just little guys.

If anyone knows what these are, please tell me! It would be great to know so we can be sure we caring for the plant properly.

We tossed them in with our taco salad meat for dinner. It was delish!

I think it’s going to be a little while before our other plants produce anything.

The one on the far left is another pepper plant. The sales tag said it was a mild pepper but Don thought we’d get it anyway. The middle one is bell pepper. On the right we planted seeds for basil, cilantro, and chives.

We have no idea what we are doing. I’m pretty sure it’s late in the year to plant the seeds. Who knows if they will grow at all.

We also bought a mix of hot pepper seeds but they need to be started indoors with seed-starting formula. We bought a 25 cell greenhouse kit for those but didn’t have time last night to plant them yet. Don also has to make some sort of box that we can put around it that will allow it to get some sun but that will keep the cats out. That should be interesting.

Stay tuned for updates on this little adventure. Hopefully it goes well.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero


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