The Grow Op – an urban gardening experiment


The New Kids
June 5, 2009, 8:28 pm
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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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