Ghost Pepper Salsa Recipe

This year I decided to grow 11 varieties of peppers including ghost peppers. I turned the bountiful harvest into ghost pepper salsa by modifying a recipe I had.

Ingredients

8 lbs fresh tomatoes (Any variety will work)
1½ cups chopped fresh Anaheim chile peppers seeds and all
½ cup chopped bell pepper
½ cup seeded and chopped fresh jalapeno pepper
2 ghost peppers, chopped, seeds and all
2 cups chopped onions
½ cup chopped cilantro
½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
½ cup white vinegar
6 oz tomato paste
5 or 6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
½ Tbsp paprika
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 tsps salt

Preparation

Wash your tomatoes and remove the stems with a knife. Continue reading “Ghost Pepper Salsa Recipe”

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Hot Buttered Rum Mix Recipe

Hot buttered rumAs the weather cools and the leaves change color, its time to think about chilly nights and hot buttered rum. This is one of the traditional drinks for our family and most of us leave the rum out. I know, please no hate mail.

Ingredients

1 lb butter
1 qt of vanilla bean ice cream
1 lb brown sugar
1 lb powdered sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
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Plant Clips Are A Gardener’s Ultimate Friend

Years ago I was asked to review a new garden product called the Ultimate Plant Clip. They are designed to take the place of any number of garden products used to tie up lanky perennials and unruly vines. I thought perhaps the word ‘ultimate’ might be a little bit of an oversell, but what the heck, gardeners are notorious for boastful sales copy.

These plant clips are made of recyclable plastic and can secure plant stems up to 1/2″ in diameter. The design allows it to Continue reading “Plant Clips Are A Gardener’s Ultimate Friend”

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Best Crabapple Tree for Feeding Birds

I have tested berried shrubs and trees for years trying to find the best ones to feed birds. If you read the labels at your local nursery you will find that every plant that has a berry also has a tag that says “attracts birds”. But this is just marketing copy and very few have any value to birds. However one crabapple performs beautifully in the Willamette Valley. Continue reading “Best Crabapple Tree for Feeding Birds”

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Natural Bird Baths Support More Wildlife

Anyone who gardens knows that water is one of the four important elements needed to attract wildlife. But before you run to the local garden center to buy a man-made cement bowl on a pedestal, you might want to consider a natural birdbath.

I have nothing against cement bird baths. At Woodward Gardens we installed a classic bird bath in one of the raised beds. The birds love it and best of all it is hooked up to the drip irrigation system so every time the garden is watered the bath is filled. But nothing other than birds has been seen using it. Continue reading “Natural Bird Baths Support More Wildlife”

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