Happy Holidays!

Dear seedlings,

So we’re back to the grind winter is in full effect here. It has s been back-and-forth with the temperatures. It goes from freezing cold to cold, so it’s time for me to get all my Christmas shopping out of the way so that I can hibernate with my plants inside for the winter🤣.

We will get the bad news out of the way first. We had some unfortunate deaths over the past month. My small basil plant that I had for over a year just decided to not continue. I woke up one morning and his leaves had turned and he didn’t make it. But, I’m very impressed by how long I was able to keep him inside and he produced enough that I was clipping him at least once a month so it was quite the learning process. Our other loss we had, a tomato plant from the beginning of February. One of our starter plants that we didn’t put outside. I had kept him inside all year and he had grown to be roughly a foot and a half tall, but the funniest of things, I think, because he was in a small pot, he was being pulled to the light and he was just a long stream bean, I try to make him stronger by directing the fan on him so that he can deal with his lankey self, but it just didn’t work out.
I must say though, if I was ever able to get a place where I can have a very large greenhouse inside that would be the dream! LOL😍😍😍😍.

Something very hard to adapt to, I find having a garden outside and with the heat throughout the summer I was always watering, LOL. Get up, water, tend to the garden, go to bed, get up, water etc... Now that it’s winter time and I have my plants inside, it’s almost only once a week that they’re getting watered and even then it’s pushing it. It’s very hard to Break that routine. LOL. So, it’s been about a month and a half now and I think that I got them on a good watering schedule.

Just like previous years, as you bring your outdoor plants inside, you know what’s coming… LOL the battle of the aphids. Luckily, I have a lot of experience in this field. Tell anybody that has been keeping up with this blog, you know last year we had quite the battle. We tried many different remedies and recipes, but to be totally honest, the one thing that I found at work the best is hands on with a Kleenex and go over it slowly each plant for the best results, but that's just me.

So many people throughout my family and friends are very aware that I am in love with gardening and that I’m very intrigued by growing a lot of hot peppers the most. I just love watching the colours change, watching them get more ripe, etc... So a friend of the family passed over some new peppers for me to try. They are Guyana Wiri wiri peppers. These are peppers that I’ve never heard of before so I’m happier than could be:). I don’t know much about them, but I have been told that they’re similar to a habañero, so, I think I’m going to have to do some research. 🤩😍🤩😍 I LOVE PLANTING SEEDS I HAVE NEVER GROWN BEFORE!!! lol. They are very interesting. They remind me of little cherry tomatoes. Very misleading because generally when you would look at something like that you wouldn’t think that they would have the bite that they do😂, just by looking at them. They kind of remind me of the black pearl pepper. I believe same size, just dark. Who is excited for February‘s planting of the seeds! LOL.

Well, just like last year, somehow it slipped my mind throughout the first month, but the aphid battle has begun. :$ lol. At least having a lot of years experience fighting these little guys, like I’ve reiterated before,the best way to deal with them is when you bring your plants and give them a nice pruning and then just thoroughly go over them daily with your hands and a Kleenex. That will be your best bet, but that’s just me. I prefer hands-on, but I must say it’s not as bad as past years. Also if you’re having those issues, fly tape does help a lot to just having one or two in the area definitely picks up a good chunk of them.

❤️Well with it being the winter time and Covid acting up again, I figure it’s time to start being productive. If I can’t be outside gardening, I got to be doing some thing on the inside, so it’s time for me to start making my chilies again. I already have them dried out and waiting for processing. Now comes the hard part, and possibly paying for if you get any of that stuff in your eyes. LOL.

Since I don’t do a mass volume of them yet;), I have my self a mortar and pestle, and let me tell you, those things are phenomenal! Never did I think it would be so easy! What a great investment. If you’re looking at playing with spices or creating your own paste or such, I highly recommend getting a mortar and pestle, they are phenomenal for gifts. Now with that being said, it’s time to get to work and start with packaging.

🎄🎅Well my seedlings, it’s officially December. I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! I hope that Santa brings you everything you ask for 🎅🎄 and once again if anybody is ever lonely throughout the holidays don’t be shy send Baba's Garden a message and we can definitely chat gardens and holidays throughout this lovely month. ❤️

Don’t forget to tune back in for the first week of January when we start the new year off with a bang and if you’re not following Baba's Garden on Facebook head on down there so you can keep up with our day to day activities.


Stay tuned for more my seedlings,
Were just getting started.
Till next time,
☘️Mr Green thumbs☘️


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