Sunday, November 7, 2010

Remember this giant?

Do you remember when I posted about the best plant in the garden? Well, it's getting down to the 40s now at night, and I couldn't bare to let this habanero plant die. It is a 2 year old plant and produced so many peppers for us. I had to try to save it. I dug up this little guy, and low and behold, he split into two pepper plants! Wow, he's gigantic. One of the plants were placed into a large bin. It was so heavy that I had to wheel him in my little green wagon.  I pruned down some of the branches because digging him up out of the ground was going to cause too much stress on this guy.
Here is the other half of this plant, it got so big, that it literally grew another tall stalk.  I mean just giant!!  This one went into a 5 gallon bucket.  I also had to trim some of the branches off.
Don't laugh... But this is how my front enclosed porch looks now.  LOL.  hahahaha okay you can laugh.  My husband thinks I'm crazy.  He's like, you can't save every plant in the vegetable garden.  My answer is, "why not".  We have the room, why not try and overwinter some of the pepper plants?  His response was, "some...not all".  :)
Here is a look from the other side of the porch.  At the far end is the potting bench the hubs built for me this summer.  Every shelf is now filled with bell pepper plants.  LOL.  I saved every plant that still had little peppers on them.  On the front left is the part 1 of the giant habanero.  See how many peppers are still on it?  How can I let this die in the frost?  It's still pumping out this hot babies like crazy!  My hope is that both of these plants survive through the winter on my porch and that I can replant them outside in the garden come spring.  Crossing my fingers!


  1. Before I head out for a walk (under sunny skies, yay), I thought I'd visit your garden. So glad I did.

    That is a very impressive habanero pepper plant and an even more impressive porch. Living, lush, green, nourishing and very tidy. After admiring your hard work and great results, I'm inspired to tackle another stage of my fall balcony clean-up. After the walk, of course.

    I don't think you're at all crazy. Or maybe we're both crazy. Or just gardeners who love our plants.

  2. Oops, my original comment may not have been accepted so I'm trying again.

    Just wanted to say how inspired I am by your hard work and beautiful plants. I think your porch looks wonderful: green, lush, living, nourishing and so tidy.

    I don't think you're crazy. Or maybe we're both crazy. Or we both love our plants so much we make extraordinary, time-consuming, heavy-lifting-required efforts to keep them alive from season to season.

    Cheers, I'm off for a walk under mostly-sunny (yay) skies.

  3. I think your porch looks absolutely fantastic with all those plants!

  4. Oh my gosh, your full up with pepper plants that's for sure...I love it.:) Those really are some big plants, more like pepper bushes.

  5. I'm interested in seeing how your pepper plants do. I've never heard of digging them up to replant in the spring.

    I tried to leave a comment on your most recent post, but no form came up. I don't know if you can freeze those peppers whole, but if you do, remember the seeds are hotter than the peppers themselves.

    Your porch looks very nice and homey with all those plants on it.

  6. I hope many of your plants survive. I hate seeing my plants freeze. My front porch is full of impatiens, geraniums, begonias, and fuchsia.

  7. ha ha - you need to stop calling it an enclosed porch and just go ahead and call it the greenhouse!


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