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    Chilis from Hatch

    Hatch Chilis are very famous, and there is a variety up by Santa Fe that are supposed to be very good too. Where we live the soil is poor and there is a decided lack of water. Also, we don't have as long a growing season as Hatch does, but New Mexico is New Mexico, so I figure if I can get some seeds from Hatch I should be able to doctor up the soil to grow some decent chilis here.

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    no never an error in your thinking! Do chilis grow in poor soil? Isn't poor soil all the same?
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    Well, install a rain barrel or two to remedy the water situation, and incorporate compost every year and the soil should improve. I'd like to know how professionals grow peppers though, as I have a problem getting them to grow thick walls like the ones you buy. They look good, but are very thin when you cut into them.
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    the peppers are thin? Are they like bell peppers? or like the peppers we use to make hot sauce? We have grown the peppers used to make hot sauce from seedlings but as I remember they liked nice soil in a pot and did very well in there. hmmmm.... I do know that when we grew tomatoes that they were very thin skinned and watery because it rains so much here so nothing we could do about the weather! Maybe that's why the chilis are thin skinned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC-MAV
    the peppers are thin? Are they like bell peppers? or like the peppers we use to make hot sauce? We have grown the peppers used to make hot sauce from seedlings but as I remember they liked nice soil in a pot and did very well in there. hmmmm.... I do know that when we grew tomatoes that they were very thin skinned and watery because it rains so much here so nothing we could do about the weather! Maybe that's why the chilis are thin skinned?

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    Hatch, New Mexico is the chili capital of the world.

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    Hatch chilis are the medium-hot ones, not bell peppers, but I can't get either kind to turn out with thick, meaty walls. I haven't tried hot peppers in several years, but I have an awesome recipe for salsa that uses them. I used them even when my chilis were thin-walled. Maybe that should be my goal this year--have enough tomatoes and chilis to make salsa. My 15 y/o ds LOVES hot food and he's always asking for a salsa garden.
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    K - I think I already told you this, can't remember. I didn't have much luck with my peppers there but my tomatos did great (as you know ). Osmocote pellet fertilizer! Put a bit in the bottom of the hole, cover with a small amount of dirt and them put in your baby tomato plants. Tomatos LOVE it. I did it here again this past year and it worked great here, too. It's great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC-3boys2luv
    K - I think I already told you this, can't remember. I didn't have much luck with my peppers there but my tomatos did great (as you know ). Osmocote pellet fertilizer! Put a bit in the bottom of the hole, cover with a small amount of dirt and them put in your baby tomato plants. Tomatos LOVE it. I did it here again this past year and it worked great here, too. It's great!
    3b2l, I'm embarrassed to say I've never fertilized my garden--never even thought about it! LOL--with a little fertilizer this year it'll probably look like one of those gardens you see on Gilligan's Island that have been exposed to radiation. Seriously, thanks for the plug for the Osmocote. Wal*Mart ought to have their garden stuff in just as soon as they can sell off all the Christmas leftovers and I'll check it out.
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    Actually, I bought mine at the Ace down by your housewhen we lived there , so you might look there first. Our Walmart here doesn't carry it, not sure if that's an all Walmart thing or just this one. It's not called pellet fertilizer, I just call it that because I like the version that comes in little bb sized balls. They seem to release slower, making the garden great all season.
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