Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pepper Summer

In addition to the four types of pepper plants I've got planted in little peat pots in the laundry room, and in addition to the cayennes, jabaneros, and other common varieties I'll buy as sets in late April/early May, I've just ordered five varieties of extremely hot pepper seeds. I'm planning to expand the garden ten feet to accommodate all the peppers, which will hopefully also give me room to plant squash and marigolds.

Yes, I like growing peppers. They're so easy to grow! You just jam them in the ground and a few months later you have 10 billion peppers to harvest (or, in my case, to look at, admire, and let rot on the vine because honestly, how many peppers can one person eat?). This year, I'm actually planning to take peppers to the local farmer's market--which conveniently is open on Thursdays, my day off. I won't make much money, but it'll be fun.

You know my secret dream in life is not to be a bestselling author, but to own a huge sunny farm where I can grow peppers of every variety imaginable. I will be known far and wide for my peppers. Also, I will keep those chickens that lay eggs in different shades of green, blue, brown, and pink. And spotted goats. Because I am cool, that's why.

9 comments:

Cate Gardner said...

I hate you...

I thought the post title was a declaration that you were going to spend this summer writing about Pepper (the dragon). It might take me some time to get over my disappointment.

K.C. Shaw said...

Sorry about that. Although I do have a short story about her coming out in the Time in a Bottle antho pretty soon!

Natalie L. Sin said...

And fainting goats: don't forget fainting goats!

Verification word - sores.

Aaron Polson said...

If I could make money growing vegetables and writing on the side, I'd be so happy.

K.C. Shaw said...

Natalie--Fainting goats are really cute.

Aaron--Want some pepper plants? :)

Danielle Ferries said...

I don't have a green thumb and I don't cook enough to warrant growing my own produce, but I very much admire people who do.

Jameson T. Caine said...

I love peppers! It's funny, cuz what I find to be boringly mild will set The Other Half's mouth on fire. If I was a good cook, I'd love to maintain a garden full of fresh ingredients. Alas, my culinary skills are about the same as my video gaming skills...it's all about pushing buttons.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I can't grow peppers to save my life. I am glad someone can, because otherwise my cooking would be really boring. I also thought this was about a dragon when I read the title.

K.C. Shaw said...

Danielle--The great thing about peppers is you don't have to have a green thumb. They grow anyway.

Jameson--I like heat up to about the cayenne pepper and then it's too hot. Anything milder than a cayenne tastes boring to me.

Jamie--Are you sure you can't grow peppers? They need lots of sun and not too much water, and it's easier to grow them from sets than seeds. Maybe you just need more sun!