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Chocolate Carolina Reaper 2014

In my 2013 gardens, I found a single Chocolate Carolina Reaper plant among the Carolina Reapers I had been growing in isolation. Because all the pods on a single plant were brown / chocolate, I reasoned it was not the result of an accidental cross pollination here.  My guess was that one of two things had taken place. Continue reading Chocolate Carolina Reaper 2014

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Louisville, KY – Sept 27, 2014 – 10 A to 10 P

It is Friday, September 26th at about 8 PM.  I have brought in the produce for tomorrow’s efforts at the Louisville Maker Fair.  I know I am ready with Carolina Reapers, Jalapeno, Pablano, Habanaro, Serano, Sweet Banana, and sweet bell peppers in a wide range of colors.  All fresh and all picked just now.  Thing is, I am in kind of a pickle which makes tomorrows venture a bit of a challenge.

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An insane business idea.

Our gardening efforts started as a way to offset the grocery bill.  As my love for gardening grew, I needed a more than just grocery savings to justify the expansion.  One thing led to another and here we are, following what by most people’s judgement is an insane business idea.  After all, who buys mail order produce?  Believe it or not, you probably do.  In fact, much of it was probably shipped from much further away than our homestead.

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Hot Pepper Pesticide

I love to tell people our farm fresh eggs are made from recycled bugs.  We use our chicken and ducks for pesticide.  Our pekings are the best at picking potato bugs right off the plant without causing any harm to the greens. But sometimes, our organic approach to homestead gardening needs a little bit of help.  When we need to discourage insects from various plants, we use the fruit of other plants.  Super hot peppers to be more specific.

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Habanero Hot Sauce by Lakeside Packing

Normally I would not include a review by a company which distributes so widely.  It is not that I have anything against cottage industry which reaches such a level of success.  It is just that I do not think they need help from someone like me.  I am making an exception for this sauce because I am impressed not only by its flavor but by the company’s tremendously family focused history.

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