The Potager

The Potager

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I bought the wrong plants

I know I'm not the only one who has accidentally picked up the wrong plant at a garden center. Knowing that doesn't make me any less annoyed.
Saturday morning Hubby and I got up extra early and drove 40 minutes to watch the sun rise over the ocean. For those of you who prefer to sleep in on weekends, this is what it looks like:
It was beautiful. Worth getting up at 4:30 for.
Yes, there are young adults swimming. There were several young adults watching the sunrise. We were at Seaside Heights. My guess is they stayed up all night.
But I digress.
On the way home we stopped at Lowes. It was about 6:30 am. For those of you who like to sleep in, it may surprise you to know that Lowes is open at 6:30 am. I think it may open at 6. Home Depot also. However, the garden center gates were not open and there were no carts in the parking lot. So I walked over to the plants that were outside and grabbed a tomato (plum) and found the section that said Jalapeno. I saw the front plant also said Jalapeno and grabbed three. My hands were full, the plants were soaking wet and I didn't have a cart, so I never looked at the two other peppers I purchased. Until I planted them.
They are cayenne peppers. Oops. Now what do I do? I've never grown cayenne. I'll need to research growing and using this hot pepper. I don't even think I've ever cooked with a cayenne that wasn't in powder form.
I placed them by themselves in the back of the garden between the leeks and the squash.
So I am still missing two jalapenos. Another trip to Lowes is in my future.
Perhaps later in the day this time.

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  1. Your potager is just gorgeous! I never tire of a sunrise over the ocean, either--breathtaking. I grew up on an island, and I miss the Pacific. I've never grown cayenne peppers, but I have a hard time growing peppers at all here because it's too cold for them. Right now my sweet peppers (along with eggplant, 2 tomatillos and 48 tomatoes) are growing under hoops and clear plastic, it's going to reach a high of 66 degrees today, pouring rain, and down to 46 degrees at night--yikes! (At least I don't have to water today!) Peppers like it 60 degrees at night to grow well, hence the plastic. However, it's supposed to warm up to the high-70s tomorrow, and I can't wait. Take care, and have a great week!

  2. You can dry out Cayenne and crush it up for pizza, you can make hot sauce, all kids of stuff. I think I have gotten the wrong plants more than once!