Friday, May 8, 2015

Hops in the House

I decided to grow hops and try homebrewing beer. So far I have made one batch but from a kit. The hops I grew last year are in the freezer and waiting to be used. I planted 4 plants, 2 of each of 2 varieties. One is named Northern Brewer and the other one the place I bought it from had no idea of the name. This is from last fall's harvest. Hops are fun to grow and harvest. The smell is terrific!

Sandia Chile

As a member of Seed Savers Exchange I preserve and offer various seeds able to be grown in my small garden space. Here is my one pepper; a New Mexico Chile type named Sandia. I believe it was developed at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM where my wife went to college. I only grew one pepper last year in order to prevent cross pollination. It is a relatively hot chile whereas Big Jim, Anahiem and Joe E. Parker are rather mild.