The Grow Op – an urban gardening experiment


The New Kids
June 5, 2009, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Plants, Vegetables | Tags: , , ,

I recently added a few more plants to my garden:

“Fairy Tale” Eggplant
Eggplant
This is an interesting looking variety that is best harvested when the eggplants are in a baby stage. The plant doesnt get too big, so it seemed like a good fit for a container.

“Kung Pao” Hot Peppers

HotPepper
This plant just caught my eye in the nursery. it apparently becomes loaded with very hot green and red chili-like peppers. The insert says they are 10,000 scovilles. One second while I look up what the hell that means…

*ahem*

The Scoville scale is a measure of the hotness or piquancy of a chili pepper, as defined by the amount of capsaicin (a chemical compound that stimulates nerve endings in the skin) present. In Scoville’s method, a solution of the pepper extract is diluted in sugar syrup until the “heat” is no longer detectable to a panel of (usually five) tasters; the degree of dilution gives its measure on the Scoville scale. Thus a sweet pepper or a bell pepper, containing no capsaicin at all, has a Scoville rating of zero, meaning no heat detectable, even undiluted. Conversely, the hottest chilis, such as habaneros, have a rating of 200,000 or more, indicating that their extract has to be diluted 200,000 times before the capsaicin presence is undetectable.

Sounds awfully precise. There was a little scale on the wikipedia page too that indicates 10,000 is a little hotter than a jalapeno, which seems like a good fit for me.


Sobraya Sunflower

Sunflower

This was a gift from some friends of ours for my girlfriend’s birthday. It wasnt doing great in the soil we got it in, but as soon as i repotted i, it has exploded with growth. It has also gotten very nice this past week, so that might have something to do with it.

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HI!
Kids can learn SO MUCH from gardening. Even “just the food” part is valuable, but it can mean so much more. Watching things GROW can really instill a feeling of connection to the EARTH. Cool!

Erika sent us a great story about teaching her children to value LEARNING through gardening. Great video, check it out here:
ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/2265

Hope you like it!

Cheers.
-Mike
mike@ahamoment.com / Mutual of Omaha

Comment by Mike

I am 90% sure that mutual of omaha just spammed my blog. And you know what? It made me proud. The blog is getting out there! Web spiders are crawling all over this biatch!

Comment by gfairbro

Hi. No “spam” intended, honest. When we come across inspiring moments on blogs we like to reach out and say “way to go”, + maybe link to a video we think you might like.
The “aha moments” site is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha, which we always disclose.
Seems like you’re ok w/ it … hope so. Happy 4th of July.
-Mike

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