☼ Pancho Ramos-Stierlet the Pepper ☼
is named in honor of Pancho Ramos-Stierle from Casa de Paz in Oakland, CA. Grammy doesn’t know Pancho personally, but she is inspired by his generosity and heart-song every time she watches her mentor Nipun Mehta’s TED Talk: Designing for Generosity.
Author’s Aside: This film about Casa de Paz is also amazing.
GRAMMY MIAMI AND THE CASE OF A MYSTERIOUS, DISAPPEARING, INTER-DIMENSIONAL SPACE (NOT TIME) TRAVELER NAMED LUCU (A YOUNG, FEMALE, AFRICAN ELEPHANT)
On Wednesday, Grammy and her son Joe “Really” Raley plant Pancho Ramos-Stierlet the Pepper in the garden. TC sniffe around, but there was still no sign of Lucu.
“I can’t wait for you to meet Lucu, Joe,” said Grammy to her youngest son.
Joe just smiled quietly and continued to add dirt gently around Pancho’s roots.
“I know you’ll like her,” Grammy continued. “She’s so lovely! She can’t be more than a year or two old. I have so many questions for her. Tomorrow we’ll get to talk to Evie and Millie again. Maybe Lucu will visit then.”
“Or,” said TC as he yawned and stretched after another catnap, “she needs to recharge for a while before she can visit again. Remember, she said it was very hard to travel inter-dimensionally.”
“Oh that’s true,” said Grammy. “Well, we’ll see. I have to go talk to Wish.”
“I’m going to go eat fish,” said TC, licking his whiskers. “Hey that rhymed. I’m so smart.”
Quick Guide to Growing Peppers
- Grow several varieties of peppers.
- Planting different kinds will lengthen harvest time, as some varieties mature more quickly than others.
- Set pepper plant seedlings out after the last spring frost. They grow well in raised beds, containers, and in-ground gardens.
- Plant them 18 to 24 inches apart in a sunny, well-drained spot. Pepper plants need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.
- Mix compost or other organic matter into the soil when planting.
- Water immediately after planting, then regularly throughout the season. Aim for a total of 1-2 inches per week (more when it’s hotter).
- Mix a continuous-release fertilizer into the soil at planting, then feed plants with liquid plant food every couple of weeks.
- Spread mulch (such as chopped leaves or straw) around the plants to help keep the soil cool and moist.
- Support each pepper plant with a stake or small tomato cage, to help bear the weight of the fruit once it begins to produce.
- Harvest peppers with shears or a knife, then store in the fridge. Be sure to pick all peppers before the first fall frost comes.
from “Quick Guide to Growing Peppers”- BonniePlants.comhttps://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-peppers/