Peter Piper Picked a Pepper--Not yet but Soon

While the squash, zucchini, and potatoes are producing like crazy it is exciting to see the peppers are really growing too.  All the pepper plants were planted in our vertical hydroponic system on March 11, so they have been growing for seven weeks in the hydroponic system.  Here is the Cubanelle Pepper.

This is our first year growing cubanelle peppers.  They are sweet like a bell pepper but with a slight heat.  I am looking forward to my first stuffed pepper.  Looks like a few more days and they will be the perfect size.
The California Wonder only has one large pepper but I am sure it will be a good producer this year.  The pepper is getting to be a good size and I have it tagged it for my Ratatouille I plan to cook later in the week.  I am waiting for the eggplant to get a bit larger before I use it in my ratatouille dish. Here is my recipe for this dish
1 large yellow squash cubed or sliced
1 med size zucchini cubed or sliced
1 large onion chopped
1 large bell pepper chopped
1 eggplant cubed
1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes or 1 can tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Saute onions and peppers until soft then add the remaining ingredients and cooked until all the vegetables are soft.
A simple dish but loaded with flavor that even the kids love.

The Jalapeno bush is loaded.  We have been out of salsa for several months.  I am looking forward to making salsa with these jalapeno, our fresh tomatoes, and the onions from our garden.  I follow the directions for making salsa at

This is a tiny little Cayenne pepper but there are many blooms on the bush.  I am going to try my hand at a Tabasco type hot sauce this year. 
So while Peter Piper may not have picked a pepper here at my little farmhouse it won't be long before we will be picking a peck of peppers. 


  1. Your peppers look very happy and healthy. We consume a lot of salsa here and I can't resist planting a lot of different peppers.

  2. Peppers look good. Can't wait till mine produce.

  3. We have the best luck with cayennes! We use them to make a hot vinegar that we use all winter long on soups and stews!