January. Synonymous with cold, snow, frigid temperatures, and dark days.
And yet there are the little things that brighten our days and get us through this long month as we wait for seed-starting season.
Take this tomato plant, for example.
A gift from the Minnesota gardeners, this is a dwarf tomato which seems very happy to be in my care. Rumor is that it will produce tomatoes for me before I can even think about working in the dirt this spring. I’m very excited to see how it does. It grew a lot last week, despite the fact that it was grey and gloomy out all week long. Yesterday and today we’ve had some sunshine, and it’s really looking good.
I also have started just one round of seeds. I was also gifted with some Ghost Pepper seeds this Christmas. I gave these super-hot seeds an eight hour soak in warm water and then put them in a pot of seed starting mix. I have seven seeds in this pot.
They could take a good three weeks before emerging, but I’m hopeful that the soak in water gave them a bit of a jumpstart. I have the pot in front of the fireplace for now- it’s keeping them toasty without being too toasty. These can take a full 160 days to harvest, and since the can be so slow to germinate, I wanted to give them a good head start. One of these Ghost Chilies has a date with the salsa pot. Just one. The rest? Gosh, they scare me just thinking about them, but I’ve recently become obsessed with finding out what kind of flavor these super-hots actually have. One of THE hottest in the world with scoville units off the charts, I may be insane for even thinking about trying them.
I can’t wait.