Peppers for the grill, anyone?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
A pepper is born -- one of five on 2/22/08

A quintuplet of peppers has sprouted in the nursery. Hurray! Already my mouth is watering at the thought of this one -- a red bell pepper -- growing up to offer the makings of a sizzling shish kebab cooked up on hubby's newly purchased grill. What is it with guys and grills? Michael was out on the deck Sunday night -- in cold February -- grilling a whole chicken on the new rotisserie gadget attachment thingy. We are envisioning all the wonderful garden-grown foods we'll be able to cook right on the grill this summer. I'd better start planting more grillable veggies. I grow it, he grills it. This is going to be good...


Blogger Meg said...

Yum! Grilled red peppers, summer squash, and onions are pretty much our main diet in the summer. I can't wait.

We haven't started our peppers yet, but I guess we should get on it!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Whyite said...

A lot of seasons eatings right there in that little sprout. I also haven't started my peppers and tomatoes will be doing this on the 1st week of march.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Washington, DC too. Last year I started my tomatoes in early March but the weather stayed cold too long, and they got quite leggy--only three plants survived when I did finally plant them out of doors (I have a rooftop container garden.) I'm leery of starting heat-loving plants like tomatoes or peppers this early. What's your secret?

4:13 PM  
Blogger fiona said...

I just put some pepper seed in yesterday.. lovely to see yours coming through, I hope mine will be through next week sometime!

Haven't grown them before so any tips much appreciated :-)

4:50 PM  
Blogger Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I will start my peppers this week. Tomatoes are already up and going. We love to grill our veggies. We even found a special skillet with holes all through it to grill the veggies with. Yummy.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Ms. Krieger,
I ended up with some leggy tomato plants last year too, as they suffered on my apartment floor. Now with a house, I'll be able to set them outside to harden off to outside temperatures (easier to do now that I don't have to walk over to the community garden). Hopefully that will help. Also, if tomatoes get really leggy, when I transplant them I bury the whole stem up to the first leaves. New roots grow out of the stem and the plant eventually gets stronger. This works for tomatoes (but not peppers).

Tips for growing peppers? They germinate best in warm soil, so I use a heating pad under mine for a few hours a day. That's not entirely necessary, but it helps speed things along. It can take about 2 - 3 weeks for the seeds to germinate. Be patient. Good luck! :-)

9:07 AM  
Blogger Robin (Bumblebee) said...

Yummy! I can hardly wait...

I'll be starting my seeds this weekend--or perhaps next week. I'm still trying to decide on some varieties. You would think I could have come to some decisions by now, yes?

Robin at Bumblebee

3:43 PM  
Blogger kate said...

That is a good sight for green-starved eyes! I can picture the peppers growing right before my eyes!

Your comment about men and their grills reminds me of the resident lawnmower man of Gardenista (Northern Exposure Gardening).

I'm hoping your tote bag is coming along well - it is a much better project to embark on before starting a sweater (speaking from experience!)

5:15 PM  
Blogger Matron said...

How exciting! Nothing like your own fresh picked peppers. Do you grow them in or out?

3:59 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Hi, Matron,
I start my peppers inside and then set the plants outside after danger of frost. By Mother's Day, it should be warm enough here to put them in the ground.

Thanks for visiting!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Shady Gardener said...

Good for you! Pretty exciting to have something good-for-you growing already! ;-)

4:42 PM  
Blogger Aki said...

I live in Usa city in the south of Japan. The sprout is beautiful because it
became warm now.
Please look at the garden that I made.

4:05 AM  

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