In February, when our water pipes were frozen solid, it seemed impossibly far away; warm, sunny days, chickens clucking over fresh scraps, the buzz of mosquitoes…
The older you get, the faster it goes. Almost the entire garden is planted. Onions, garlic, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, snow peas, cucumbers, beans, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon and corn.
The only large unplanted area is what’s left for succession crops of sweet corn. No more 40° nights in the ten day forecast, and although it’s possible later, that would just be a freak of nature arranged to annoy me.
And back to that frozen February. This year I started a single red pepper plant on February 8th for the specific purpose of finding out whether pruning peppers leads to better plants and harvests.
This is the one. King of the North…
I pruned it twice while indoors, and again right after it was planted. I also pruned half of the other eight peppers that I planted out yesterday. From what many others have said, pruning peppers works and works well, so I don’t have (too many) reservations about jumping in.
But I’m reminding myself that big risks can work two ways.