The numbers are in and it’s been another great summer on Spruce Street. Carolina Reaper (1 plant / 3 peppers): Way too hot and more of a novelty.  The plant was pretty big, so I think I’ll opt out for next year.  Doesn’t do well when overcrowded. Lemon Drop (2 plants / 296 peppers): The best find this summer.  Perfect pairing for making spicy and sweet dips and jellies.  Continuous yield throughout the summer.  Seems to do fine in crowded spaces. Trinidad Scorpion Moruga (2 plants / 71 peppers):  Huge high yielding plants.  Incredibly spicy.  Don’t touch your eyes. Cayenne (2 plants / 180 peppers):  Always a garden staple.  Best peppers for homemade honey sriracha. Seems to do fine in crowded spaces, but doesn’t hold up to colder temperatures. Portuguese Hot (5 plants / 68 peppers):  Definitely doing these again next year.  Big mild(ish) peppers that are delicious charred. Orange Thai (5 plants / 615 peppers): Incredibly high yielding plants with a long growing season.  Start seeds early and leave out as long as possible.  These guys held up quite well after a few nights of between 1 - 5ºC and a couple nights that had frost warnings.  Habaneros (2 plants / 5 peppers): Top end spicy for most people. Doesn’t do well when overcrowded. Jwala (1 plant / 31 peppers): One big harvest at the end of the season.  Start seeds early. Large Red Cherry (1 plant / 210 tomatoes):  Big plants, delicious tomatoes.  Continuous yield throughout the season. Megabite (2 plants / 95 tomatoes): Good yield, but very small for megabites.  Needs a lot of space.  Sweet and not overly acidic.  Beefsteak (2 plants / 51 tomatoes): Massive plants and tomatoes.  Use a sturdy cage.  They did fine when overcrowded, but space them out for the sake of the plants around them.  Steady yield from August to September. Excellent for tomato sauce. Brandywine tomatoes (1 plant / 29 tomatoes): Medium sized plants with large tomatoes.  Continuous yield all summer.  Excellent for tomato sauce.  Random tomatoes (3 plants / 30 tomatoes):  I didn’t label these, but I used them for soup and they were good. Red Onions (81 onions):  Small and potent.  Plant deeper than you think. White Onions (33 onions):  These were ok, but nothing to write home about.  Bush beans (160 beans):  Quick to sprout and good yield in the early summer months. Banana Fingerling potatoes (113 potatoes):  High yielding buttery potatoes that do well in small confined spaces.

The numbers are in and it’s been another great summer on Spruce Street.

Carolina Reaper (1 plant / 3 peppers): Way too hot and more of a novelty.  The plant was pretty big, so I think I’ll opt out for next year.  Doesn’t do well when overcrowded.

Lemon Drop (2 plants / 296 peppers): The best find this summer.  Perfect pairing for making spicy and sweet dips and jellies.  Continuous yield throughout the summer.  Seems to do fine in crowded spaces.

Trinidad Scorpion Moruga (2 plants / 71 peppers):  Huge high yielding plants.  Incredibly spicy.  Don’t touch your eyes.

Cayenne (2 plants / 180 peppers):  Always a garden staple.  Best peppers for homemade honey sriracha. Seems to do fine in crowded spaces, but doesn’t hold up to colder temperatures.

Portuguese Hot (5 plants / 68 peppers):  Definitely doing these again next year.  Big mild(ish) peppers that are delicious charred.

Orange Thai (5 plants / 615 peppers): Incredibly high yielding plants with a long growing season.  Start seeds early and leave out as long as possible.  These guys held up quite well after a few nights of between 1 - 5ºC and a couple nights that had frost warnings. 

Habaneros (2 plants / 5 peppers): Top end spicy for most people. Doesn’t do well when overcrowded.

Jwala (1 plant / 31 peppers): One big harvest at the end of the season.  Start seeds early.

Large Red Cherry (1 plant / 210 tomatoes):  Big plants, delicious tomatoes.  Continuous yield throughout the season.

Megabite (2 plants / 95 tomatoes): Good yield, but very small for megabites.  Needs a lot of space.  Sweet and not overly acidic. 

Beefsteak (2 plants / 51 tomatoes): Massive plants and tomatoes.  Use a sturdy cage.  They did fine when overcrowded, but space them out for the sake of the plants around them.  Steady yield from August to September. Excellent for tomato sauce.

Brandywine tomatoes (1 plant / 29 tomatoes): Medium sized plants with large tomatoes.  Continuous yield all summer.  Excellent for tomato sauce. 

Random tomatoes (3 plants / 30 tomatoes):  I didn’t label these, but I used them for soup and they were good.

Red Onions (81 onions):  Small and potent.  Plant deeper than you think.

White Onions (33 onions):  These were ok, but nothing to write home about. 

Bush beans (160 beans):  Quick to sprout and good yield in the early summer months.

Banana Fingerling potatoes (113 potatoes):  High yielding buttery potatoes that do well in small confined spaces.