What to do with all those peppers–Part 1

The plan was to grow enough peppers to make this pepper onion relish I ate my weight in last summer.

The plan was to have them ripen gradually throughout the summer so I could make this at my leisure.

The plan was to stroll out to the garden at twilight, handmade basket in hand, and harvest the perfect amount of peppers for my special treat.

The plan involved a warm summer night, purple martins darting about, cats and dog playing merrily,  a light breeze lifting my hair perfectly away from my face.

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Boy was I fooled.

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The reality was a summer to hot for peppers to grow.

The reality was they all ripened last week.

The reality was an unexpected frost was coming.

The reality was I picked all of them in a cold rain.  At dark.   With a Wal-Mart sack.  No birds chirping.  The cats and dog inside the warm house.  The cold, wet wind matting my hair to my head.

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Boy that was fun.

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But so worth it!

Look at all those beautiful peppers!

Coming Up Next:

No pickling for these peppers!  Stay tuned for ‘Adventures with Peppers–Part 2’

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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