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City Girl Goes Country (Part 9) $30 worth of peppers?

Friday, June 21, 2013

I think that’s what’s growing on my deck.


I’m basing my estimate on my blog entry of May 4th (The $3 organic pepper) which I wrote when I investigated the price of organic produce.

I don’t want to consume pesticides, but that seemed way too high and I posted a photo of my option – buy a $3 pepper plant.

On May 4th it looked like this.


Six weeks later here’s a close-up of what I’ve got.


I understand that produce prices fluctuate with the season, but I haven’t priced how much the organic stuff is affected. It doesn’t really matter though. The only store stocking organic peppers is 15 miles away so I don’t shop there very often. Walking out my back door is much more convenient.

Note: DH made the basket to protect my “baby” from the high winds that commonly accompany spring thunderstorms here in the South.
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MERRYMARY42 6/21/2013 10:02PM

    so nice, I have no luck growing bell peppers, hot ones, are easy, but a little of those goes a long way, I think my soil needs more nitrogen, not sure, maybe less, anyway, they look great, and I know they taste great too.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/21/2013 7:32PM

    They look wonderful!

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GINIEMIE 6/21/2013 6:42PM

    Nice looking peppers. I only grow yellow, red or jalepeno peppers. Erik likes the latter and neither of our systems can tolerate green peppers-but so far so good on the others. Hubbies cage looks sturdy.
I love picking produce from my own garden bed.
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SUNSET09 6/21/2013 10:56AM

  They look delish and you've done a great job and saved some cash! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILSONWR 6/21/2013 10:11AM

    Those peppers look great! Congratulations on your gardening success!

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KANOE10 6/21/2013 10:01AM

    We are growing peppers too. They also taste better out of the garden!

Your green thumb is developing nicely for a city girl.

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SENIMMO 6/21/2013 9:59AM

    Container gardening is a great way to go!

Since you like organic, check out the potato container! I've only seen them pre-planted (so probably not organic) BUT- once you have the container, you can grow your own potatoes (admittedly they are the baby reds and fingerlings, small potatoes haha) and POTS don't spoil! If you have room indoors, some of your plants will produce year-round, too!

Those hanging basket strawberries are pretty awesome, too. Again, the original plant has probably been fertilized and sprayed, but you can start seeds or buy the roots and start new ones next year!

Enjoy your peppers!!

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AUGUSTDRAGON 6/21/2013 9:44AM

    Next year peppers, on the back deck so the deer can't sample them!

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JAHINTZY 6/21/2013 9:14AM

    yay!

I am somewhat lucky that our area has a reliable pepper supply... I couldn't really say why but they are super available (although not organic, but I'm ok with that) I'd still like to grow my own though, I just got my first tomato plant from a friend so I'll start with that :)

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HAYBURNER1969 6/21/2013 8:41AM

    Maybe that's what I need to do; grow peppers on my deck in containers. I have never had any luck in the garden!

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CELIAMINER 6/21/2013 8:15AM

    Beautiful! I'm hoping DH will add peppers next year. This year is his first time to try tomatoes.

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BEATRIZ269 6/21/2013 8:10AM

    Awesome! They look great. I am trying this year myself

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NANNABLACK 6/21/2013 7:56AM

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DR1939 6/21/2013 7:33AM

    yummy!

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PICKIE98 6/21/2013 7:08AM

    I was wondering if you would get one of your own.. Next year you will graduate to that AND tomatoes. Nothing better than the smell and taste of your first , warm, juicy tomato that you just picked.
Remember, the more peppers you pick off the plant, the more i twill produce. You can even freeze them if you have (haha) to many leftover..

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KLMEIRING 6/21/2013 7:00AM

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COCK-ROBIN 6/21/2013 6:48AM

    Looks yummy!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/21/2013 6:30AM

    Lovely! We grew our own peppers once upon a summer, when the gardener in the family still lived with me. emoticon But this looks like a potentially easier option than the full garden... contained in a pot? Hmmm. emoticon

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