I'm officially declaring my experiment with overwintering peppers indoors a big success. We harvested an occasional pepper here and there throughout this winter as needed, but today we harvested most of the cayenne peppers from the indoor pepper plant. My first "big" harvest of 2011, and I totally forgot to weigh it. Sigh. After a long winter, I guess I'm just out of practice with harvesting and reporting.
Most of the harvested peppers were already dry (because we left them on the plant unharvested for so long), but there were a few "young" peppers in there as well, as you can see in the picture above.
Above is a full body shot of the cayenne pepper plant in all its glory before we harvested the peppers. Well, actually you can't see the peppers all that well in this picture, but they were really there.
Here's a close-up with some peppers and new blossoms. I posted last December that this plant was starting to put on new blossoms. After that, the blossoms and new peppers just kept coming all winter long with hardly a break, which we thought was pretty cool. And, the pepper plant stayed green and healthy the whole time. The best part about it all was that this plant required pretty much zero maintenance from us, aside from watering once every week or two. Ahh, if only the rest of vegetable gardening was that simple.
Keith asked me if I was going to put the plant outside again after the weather warms up. And the answer is... I haven't decided. My first thought was, why fix something if it's not broken? But who knows, maybe it will do even better outdoors in the summer heat.
Aside from the peppers, there's been many new garden activities and I'm past due on some garden updates. Without making any promises, I'll try to post more often this week to catch up on all the garden happenings.
Happy Harvest Monday!