Collection of Potted Unusual Chilli Peppers
The tour of Amy Goldman’s amazing garden and farm was one of the pleasures Joe and I had this past summer. She had a collection of pots planted with peppers – this was the highlight of the visit for me, even though there were a couple of other things that I would want to try personally. I would want to recommend the books written by Amy Goldman Fowler if you are not familiar with them. They are priceless, if only for the information. However, to be honest, what makes them highly coveted is the quality and design. For me, ornamental peppers evoke a feeling of nostalgia; they do not seem to bring any spark. I remember the ornamental varieties grown by my parents, but those that grew them that comes to mind easily are the folks that lived behind our house just past the woods. I think there name names were Peter and Nancy Pockevicius. A highly accomplished and passionate gardener, Peter grew remarkably large beets. His vegetable garden was huge and you always wouldn’t find any weed in it – it was simply amazing. Through the winter, there were always a few pots used to grow pepper plants.
Many of us know celtuce – it is nothing new. The rediscovery of this plant is justified, even though pictures of them abound in old seed catalogs that many of us have had the opportunity to see. I always felt that celtuce or celery-lettuce wasn’t actually meant to be grown. It felt more like it deserved a place in Guerney’s catalog only. Celtuce was there a story behind it, I wondered after I found seed catalogs from the 19th century contained pictures of it.
Last week at a new Chinese restaurant, everything changed for me after I ordered a ‘Stem Lettuce’ dish. It is an authentic restaurant and the place opened around where I resided. There were a few families – red pepper – seated but most of the people seated at the restaurant were Chinese students. I came to find that the celtuce stem is delicious. This razor-thin jade-like crispy dish was worth cultivating in the garden. Moreover, my 19th-century crops and plants collection theme are part of what this plant represents and so a rediscovery isn’t out of place.
Mignonette Culture – Mastering It
Raising mignonette hasn’t actually been my best skill – I haven’t been quite lucky. Maybe its cultural techniques haven’t quite sunk – obviously because I haven’t given it the attention it deserves. Extensive cultural information has been difficult to find. I’m stuck with information like the time its sown as a bedded plant, or when it’s conservatory/greenhouse potted plant. The Victorians were so captivated with this plant – both in their gardens and in pots, and this is why mastering this crop in 2017 is something I’m going to persistently undertake.
A Gourd Tunnel – only if I’m overly ambitious in my adventures. Strong thoughts riddle my mind about creating one similar to the incredible one at Amy Goldman’s around our long path. Sameer, a co-worker, introduced me to Indian gourds so I have this idea to raise them. I might also raise some from South East Asia and maybe several other species of bitter gourds. This summer, a friend Chau Ho brought species similar to South East Asian gourds that his father grew. My interest peaks again as a foodie. Completing this one may be a problem with Curtis unavailable this summer. He was supposed to handle the frame’s construction but it’ll be on my list at the moment.