We have our new harvest of jalapeños! I am excited to announce that our container garden is fruitful! We planted a small jalapeño plant and it produced two jalapeños. After that it stood still for a while, these past few weeks it flourished. It shot out new branches with fresh new leaves, everywhere it is blooming with flowers. I am also proud to see four jalapeños growing already.
As mentioned in my previous posts we live in a flat so only container gardening is a possibility. We started off with herbs in a pot. We then got a bigger pot and planted jalapeños, green peppers and salad leaves. When we replanted the salad leaves after the first lot bolted I worked some air into the compressed ground. We also sorted out the oily ground which didn’t let enough water through by adding a bit of washing powder on top of the soil. Since this has been done we have a ‘new’ plant. It is growing big and strong, there are so many flowers, it really is exciting and very rewarding.
A recap on how we did the planting for if you did not read my previous posts.
- We bought a big enough container with holes at the bottom so the water can drain.
- We filled the bottom layer with small rocks.
- Then we filled the container with soil.
- In the holes where the plant should go we threw a layer of bonemeal (as fertilizer).
- We planted the plant and leveled the soil.
- Water the plants regularly.
- We also added a stick to help carry the plant as the top is getting quite heavy.
You can decide when you want to harvest your jalapeños, you can pick them when they are green or leave them on longer and they will turn red. Just watch the texture of the fruit’s skin, make sure it stays firm and solid with no cracks, if you start to see little cracks in them, you better harvest.
I cannot wait to be making chili poppers again soon!
Find a recipe to make your own Jalapeno Poppers HERE.