Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Melange

A little of this, a little of that, not much of anything, yet LOTS.
A Monday surprise:

 Jalapeno blossoms in February!
and, no, it's not whitefly on those leaves- I checked after I looked at this pic!
 The plant is loaded!  I counted at least 10 blossoms and lots of new growth.
These blossoms are on our potted jalapeno.  We have had this same plant in a large pot for going on 5 years now.  It is an amazing thing.  It has a trunk!  Every spring we haul it outside, pot and all, and every fall we bring it in.  It is currently living in K10's room since he has a bright West window.  It seems to like it there as it has spent the last two winters there and has done well.  He does a good job of taking care of it- watering it when it needs it- so I haven't looked at it for quite a while.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was blooming.
Below is today's arrival:  Biodegradable 'plastic' mulch.
 It is an Italian product made from corn- which seems odd to me that something like this wouldn't be produced here in the US considering how much corn is produced here.  Anyway, we will be giving this a try this year.  It comes in sheets 54 inches by 33 feet.  We have such a huge weed seed load in the garden still, even after two years of cultivation, that it is a constant struggle.  Of course, it was an entirely a new bed and before that had been a barnyard for 50 or more years, then allowed to go fallow for a year.  The weeds took over and we've been fighting ever since.  Last year, I used newspapers and grass clippings for mulch but we ran out of newspapers for the size garden we have.  We got several packages of this stuff but we're still saving newspapers for the rest of the garden.  I'll let you know what I think of it at the end of the season. It apparently is supposed to break down in 90 to 120 days, depending on weather conditions.
And finally, a photo of J16, just because.  She is feeling better.  And check out her 'locally grown' t-shirt!
But, I'm saving the best news until last.  All of the counters came in today at the store and the counters and cabinets will all be delivered tomorrow morning, along with the new subflooring and tile backer boards.  WOO- HOO!!  Finally! One less thing to worry about.


  1. OMG, a jalapeno plant that is 5 years old! I am SO impressed! I have got to try that! Amazing.

  2. Your jalapeno plant certainly looks very happy, it must consider itself as one of the family now! I love that you bring it inside, it certainly must feel loved :)

  3. Congrats on the kitchen supplies! LOL, a year-round jalapeno plant is JUST what I need...ha! What a great photo of J16, she has a beautiful face and smile!

  4. Great news about the kitchen!! Wow! Can't wait to see the progress. I'm wondering if your plastic mulch isn't ground corn husks. They use it a lot in the south and simply ground the old husks. ?? If you put down pine needles you'll find that weeds don't grow much. Your jalapeno bush is amazing!!...debbie

  5. Hi Judy! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hubby likes to grow hot peppers but we haven't had much success with overwintering inside. You should definitely get bees! We have so much fun working with them. We got them last year and have already learned so much!

  6. mom, I have named the jalapeno, Erick.

  7. Oh my goodness, five years!? I dug one up, not last fall, the fall before... and kept it over winter inside. It was a gorgeous houseplant and produced too. I planted it in the ground that spring, and dug it up last fall again but it didn't last more than a few weeks. I guess I should have just kept it in a pot through summer? I'm definitely going to try again this year.

    I had to dig up the link to mine because it was so pretty:


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