More info: Call for homes! We’re looking to showcase home in Columbia Heights that have incredible architecture, interior design or history during the first ever Columbia Heights Home and Garden Tour on Sunday, April 27th. Homes should be within the following boundaries: Spring Rd (N), 16th Street (W), Georgia Ave (E), Florida Ave (S). Selected homes will receive a small honorarium as a token of thanks. If interested, please follow the link below to sign up by March 14th.
Additionally, tour volunteers are needed for the day of event activities. If you’d like to be notified when tickets are made available to the public, please visit the website to RSVP. Ticket prices will range from $10-$15 per person and proceeds will go to support a local deserving charity, to be announced prior to the commence of ticket sales.”
So after reading all the do’s and don’t's about what can go in a planter box in a previous post about “no dog poop” signs I was surprised to see these ones on G St NE that are loaded up to the brim with plants. There are beautiful trimmed black pines, pomegranate trees, pepper plants, etc and the boxes go a good ways down the whole block between 7th and 8th. They’re really cool, so I’m definitely not complaining, just wondering if they got some sort of exemption from the city or if it’s actually possible to do this?”
“The calendar says October but tomatoes don’t look at calendars. Here’s my weekend harvest (not shown is a bunch of cucumbers, peppers and green beans). What to do with a bucket of cherry tomatoes? Freeze them, slow roast them and of course – eat them!”
“My balcony garden has been wonderful all summer, but now the tomato plants are dying and the basil is all finished. And I’m going to move, so I can’t keep the pots full of soil for next year. Does anyone know any community gardens, garden centers or any place else that will take soil and old plants for composting? I hate to just put it all in the trash!”
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“What types of year-round window box plants are good for this area? I’m having a hard time finding a type of plant, other than an evergreen, that can survive our exceedingly humid Summers and below freezing Winters.”
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A reader sends the photo above from their “slightly out of the city garden” and writes “These are Marina di Chioggia squash. Hideously unattractive but neat in their own way. Plus they taste pretty good.”
“After last week’s photo of the Trinidad Scorpion, I thought I’d share this week’s pepper haul from our garden in Stronghold. All summer we’ve been making hot sauces and salsas from some of the world’s hottest chillies, and boy are they hot. From top to bottom and left to right: a lone sweet pepper, orange 7 pot, habanero, naga morich jolokia, red bhut jolokia, Trinidad scorpion, another naga bhut jolokia, red savina, jalapeño, Thai chillies, and cayenne. Most of these will get smoked tomorrow and made into hot sauce this week! We also have Caribbean red, paper lantern, wiri wiri, yellow 7 pot, and paprika, but those weren’t in the harvest this week.
As you can see, we have a ton of these things, some of which can be considered fairly rare, and all of which seem to be doing just fine in the DC climate (except for the douglah pepper, which grew into a stunted little bush and never flowered). If anyone would like to do a seed exchange, we’d be happy to trade, and not necessarily for hot peppers. We’re particularly interested in good, heirloom varieties of tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, and other edible goodies. Contact me at andyhkeller at gmail, and we can work out an exchange.”
Thought I would send you some glamor shots of my latest garden bounty. Lots of yellow tomatoes and egg plants, several kinds of cucumbers including crispy lemon cucumbers and three merciless Trinidad Scorpion Butch T peppers. These were not grown deep in the jungle primeval by the inmates of a Guatemalan insane asylum but right in Mt. Pleasant. I have been trying to produce these peppers for almost three years to please my now fiancee’s insatiable appetite for spicy. In 2011 when these were the worlds hottest pepper (since surpassed) I ordered some seeds from a group of hippies in Australia. They never germinated so last year the awesome hippies sent me another batch. With the help of the fine folks at the now shuttered Urban Sustainable I was able to get one seed to germinate. I nursed “Butch” inside all winter and transferred him outside this spring. The transplant from inside to outside was rough and Butch was on life support for a while. He recovered slowly and has now just started to produce fruit. Under the watchful eyes of Vladimir we tried one this weekend (note the foil fingers). They are everything we thought that they would be and more. A chopped pepper soaked in a half liter of olive oil makes for great hot pizza oil. Since I have already found my soulmate, I did not have to go to Quetzalacatenango, climb a ziggurat or talk to a space coyote but I am proud of this epic quest that I undertook on her behalf none the less.”