2019 Garden Goals

Growing a homestead garden has been a work in progress over the past couple years. We started the garden by the chicken coup in a lovely spot nestled between the fig trees and the lemon orchard.

Juju Paradise Garden
Juju Paradise progression picture of the garden.

When guests come to Juju Paradise, we want to show them the magic of the mountains. We get visitors from all over the world. Showing our guests different varieties of fruits and vegetables is a delight.

Now that we are reaching the end of January, cold season crops are about to be planted. Bok choy, cabbage, and lettuce are some of our first starts. I really wanted to add some weed block and redwood chips between the aisles before the garden gets into full swing. This would make it easier to navigate, less muddy, and overall easier to weed and care for.

Another goal I have for this year is to plant a Giant Atlantic Pumpkin. I think pumpkins are fantastic to grow. We even had a rogue pumpkin recently pop up and it is still growing!

I purchased these Carolina Reaper hot pepper seeds from Baker Creek:

Believed to be the hottest pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper is a serious scorcher! For those extreme pepper eaters, Carolina Reaper is a must. For those less adventurous, they make a great conversation piece in the garden. These devious little peppers are fiery red with a little scythe shaped tail at the base of many fruit, hence the name reaper. The heat rating on these monsters can be over 1,500,000 Scovilles; in comparison the spicy habanero is a mere 100,000 Scovilles!

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