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Month: May 2017

How To Grow Carolina Reaper Pepper From Seed

How To Grow Carolina Reaper Pepper From Seed

Figuring out how to grow Carolina Reaper Peppers from seed is a relatively straightforward process. Whether you’re doing it from seeds you have saved, or seeds you’ve bought, with the right preparation you should achieve success. It just requires a degree of patience as the […]

How To Save Carolina Reaper Seeds To Plant

How To Save Carolina Reaper Seeds To Plant

If you’re a fan of growing super hot chili peppers then you have to know how to save Carolina Reaper seeds. Once you know this, you’ll become self-sufficient with your chili growing and be able to start your own super hot seed bank. It’s ridiculously […]

Pickled Habaneros And Onion In Kombucha

Pickled Habaneros And Onion In Kombucha

I had the fortune of discovering a massive batch of habaneros on special at the local grocery store over the weekend. With my habanero plants still a few months away from maturity, I figured I should seize upon this spicy opportunity and learn how to preserve and pickle peppers. We had brilliant success with our pickled red onions in kombucha, so I thought I’d extend this across to trying to pickle habaneros in kombucha.

The recipe is very straightforward and involves few ingredients. I’ll report back once the pickling process is complete and share the flavor profile.

Fresh Red Habanero Peppers
Fresh Red Habanero Peppers

Start by slicing your habaneros (and onion) into thin rings.

Finely Sliced Habanero Peppers
Finely Sliced Habanero Peppers

Combine a cup of your fresh homemade kombucha with 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp mustard seeds and 1 tsp black pepper.

Fresh Jar of Homemade Kombucha
Fresh Jar of Homemade Kombucha

Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes, then pour over the habaneros and onions in a jar. Let cool before sealing the lid and placing in the fridge.

Pickled Habaneros and Onion in Kombucha
Pickled Habaneros and Onion in Kombucha

Looks delicious already, doesn’t it?

Pickled Habaneros and Onion in Kombucha
Pickled Habaneros and Onion in Kombucha

Depending on the mixture, one should wait around 2 to 3 weeks before the pickling starts to take a pronounced effect. Of course you can consume it immediately, but those that wait longer will be rewarded with a better flavor profile.

Basil Leaves Turning Yellow And Dying? Basil Downy Mildew!

Basil Leaves Turning Yellow And Dying? Basil Downy Mildew!

Today marks a sad, sad, truly gut-wrenching day in the history of my garden. It appears the Basil Downy Mildew (BDM) has reared its ugly head and spread throughout my basil plants faster than Usain Bolt in Berlin. The worst thing about this disease is […]

How To Grow Bird’s Eye Chili Peppers From Seed

How To Grow Bird’s Eye Chili Peppers From Seed

Bird’s Eye Chili Peppers can be notoriously difficult to germinate from seed. Funnily enough, they germinate best after being consumed by a bird and having gone through the entire digestive process. This in effect prepares the seed for germination by weakening the shell of the seed as Bird’s Eye Chilis have a very tough exterior shell. Left to germinate without any assistance, you might find that the seeds will have a very long germination window, but something can be done to help them.

In order to shorten the germination time of Bird’s Eye Chili seeds, you should soak the seeds in warm water for around 6 – 8 hours before planting. This should be sufficient time to weaken the seed shell.

The first time I planted Bird’s Eye Chilis (before I realised to soak them) I waited around 5 weeks for them to germinate and saw nothing. Not a single one. I scratched my head wondering why my seeds weren’t germinating and turned to the internet to find out. I’ve just recently soaked my new chilli seeds and planted them. I’ll keep you updated on the progress and hopefully I end up with a bowl full like this.

Bowl Full Of Birds Eye Chilli Peppers
Bowl Full Of Birds Eye Chilli Peppers
How I Built A Solar Powered Hydroponic System At Home For Cheap

How I Built A Solar Powered Hydroponic System At Home For Cheap

I’d been working up to building a hydroponic system at home for a few months now and with the success of my solar powered, fully automated irrigation system, I realised it would be simple enough to combine the two into a hydroponic set up. I’ve […]