Last Fruits of The Garden (maybe?)

Check out this pepper. It came from the garden.

pepper

This is a Poblano-Ancho Pepper. They are green, only a little spicy, and very good for cooking. Ch and Z devoured this four-and-a-half-incher before I had the chance to cook it as it was the only one of this species we got this year. They agreed that the pepper was delicious and I managed to save some seeds. Hopefully we will have better luck next year, and we will not have to spend too much time hiding from hail and tornadoes. Oh come on, a girl can hope!

Side quest time. Let’s discuss the current weather conditions that confuse my decision-making.

October weather is a fickle thing, more fickle than weather usually is in this neck of the woods. We are under the spell of a cool front at the moment so we are experiencing historically normal temperatures (yes normal temperatures) with a high of 68F (20C) degrees. However, we will pop back up to 80F (26.6C) this weekend! The houseplants are all sending out new spring shoots, and the trees are both budding, and shedding leaves. Depending on how warm our “warmer than usual” winter is, we might be able keep the tomato and pepper plants growing over-winter. Can you believe it!? My farmer roots are showing…

Where were we?

At any rate, we hope to construct a little greenhouse. In a hail free environment we would use UV panels and some aluminum framing, but here in Hail-and-Tornadoville, we have to devise another plan. At this juncture we think 4ml contractor plastic over a wooden frame will do the trick. After some research we learned that UV panels last about 3.5 to 4 years in our area, unless there is hail damage, then they last until the first (or maybe second) storm. Contractor plastic lasts about the same amount of time for only a fraction of the price! So now we have to decide what kind of frame we want, shed-shaped? a-frame? sloped?

Once we have a better idea of what we want to do I will post some plans, of the napkin scribble variety, and we’ll see how it goes.

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