Gardening for Cajun cooking.
Gardening for Cajun cooking
Ace- bell,red,Earliest ripening; thin walls
Ariane -bell,orange,Sweetest bell; big and blocky
banana- banana,red,very prolific;yellow when young
Big Bertha- bell,red,Biggest bell
Big chile- new mexican red very large, mild
Cayenne-hot, red, used in more dishes
Chimayo- new mexican, red,Cultivated for 400 years.
Jalapeno -hot,green,Hot pepper for flavoring
Red savina- habanero,red, World's hottest pepper
Senorita- jalapeno,red mildest, jalapeno
Seed starting: Start pepper seeds indoors 2 months before setting the plants out into
. Plant the seeds one-eighth inch deep in a premoistened pot.
At 85 degrees(ideal temp for peppers) the seeds should sprout ina seek or so.
containers beneath a four tube fluorescent shop light
so that the tops are only about
an ince below the lights
. Every 3-4 weeks, feed with fish emulsion(check with local
When outdoor daytime temps are in the 60's,
begin to harden off the
seedlings by setting them outside gradually
for longer periods of time each day for 7-
.When nighttime temps reach 60's plant the peppers a foot apart.
Peppers prefer rich, loamy soil.
If you have sandy, or clay soil, add compost or other
organic matter before planting for best results.
See that peppers recieve at least 1 inch of water per week throughout the season.
Potassium and phosphorus are important for flowering and
fruiting but be
careful about adding too much nitrogen.
Use the ones recommended for Tomatoes
with a low nitrogen ration such as 1-3-3.
If a soil test shows you need to add calcium
and also need to raise the soil's pH, add some limestone;
if you need to add calcium
but don't want to affect pH, use gypsum.
Basil- Full sun,pH 5.5,rich mosit soil, flowers in mid summer
Bay leaves-,sweet-Full sun to partial shade,6.0, rich soil, flowers in Spring
Chives-Full Sun,6.0,rich soil, flowers in June
Coffee- Full Sun,6.0,humusy soil, Flowers in Late spring
Garlic- Full Sun to partial shade, ph 4.5-8.3, Humusy Soil, Flowers in Early summer
Mint- Full sun or partial shade, 6.0 pH,Rich soil, Flowers in July-August
Oregano- Full sun to light shade, 6.0 pH, Average soil, flowers in July-sept.
Parsley- Full sun to partial shade,pH 5.5, Moderate soil, flowers in Early spring of second year.
Rosemary- Full sun to partial shade, 6.0 pH,Light soil, flowers in Early Spring.
Thyme -Full sun to partial shade, 6.0,Sandy soil, flowers in Midsummer.
Growing herbs requires patience.
The first year you may not see, exactly what you expected.
However, don't be discouraged, over time your crop will
begin to develop and you will know your herbs and what they require.
It is a great feeling to go out to your Herb garden,
pick what you need,
wash it, and cook with it.
It is also fun to compare
the amount of money you have saved
by growing your own.
Most cookbooks will tell you how to use your herbs.
These are the most common ones that
flourish in Zones 8-9.
I hope you enjoy your herb garden.
Links to other Pepper Sites
The Pepper King
The Virtual GardenEnter you Zip code, and find info about your growing zone!