Dried New Mexico Chili Peppers

My chili peppers are blooming and setting fruit for the last time this year. This is the batch that I will leave on the plants to ripen, dry and store for winter use. Only eight plants, so not enough to get me through the winter, bout more than last year. I started these in the window and raised them in pots on the patio.

The unwatered versions did not show and were replaced by a field of wild mustard. I have enjoyed the tangy leaves and will harvest mustard seed soon. If not one harvest, then another. I love ground mustard seed in several dishes, and whole mustard seed in soups.

The two heirloom yellow cherry tomatoes did much better than the instantly devoured red tomatoes last year. They have gotten big with the rain and are still producing in spite of cool night temperatures. I may save seed this year.

My bolillo bean plants are doing great and will hopefully produce a good crop of dried beans for winter use and seed for next year. They are doing well on natural rainfall and no predators so far.

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About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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