Ch-ch-ch-chilis!

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The parsley tree

I’m not much of a gardener. My mother is a terrific gardener, so I experience significant guilt and regret over my lack of gardening ability. And our current house has a very good-sized yard, so we definitely have space to grow things.

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Green onions and chives

We’ve been here since just before Tommy was born, but for the last two years I’ve either been pregnant or had a new baby, so gardening has been limited to buying whatever seedlings were left at the last minute.

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Tommy, holding a random weed under his chin like a buttercup

This year, though, I have seeds! Lots and lots of seeds. So far I’ve planted chives, green onions, herbs, tomatillos, and chilis! Six different kinds of chilis, and after a couple days in the hot water cabinet, they seem to be growing! Most of them, anyway… I have serranos, jalapeños, anchos, mulatos, and habaneros.

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Tiny baby chili seedlings

The one chili that hasn’t germinated yet is the Bhut Jolokia, which apparently takes a long time, sometimes months. And I’m not sure what I’ll do if it does. This is the infamous ghost chili, I believe it’s the hottest known chili. This is not something that’s actually practical to eat. We offered any seedlings we get to a friend who’s a serious chili head, and he declined, referring to them as “weaponised chilis”.

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Strawberries, transplanted into the garden Steffen built us a couple months back

I bought them by mistake (sort of… I had heard of ghost chilis, but didn’t realise they were also called Bhut Jolokia. I just thought the name was cool). I can’t plant them in the garden, what if Tommy or Miso took a bite?

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Our feijoa tree, "pruned" a month or so ago, much to Tommy's delight (men were here with a truck! And a chipper! ) I'm told it will grow back.

So if anyone in Auckland is interested, I may have ridiculously hot chilis to give away. And I definitely have leftover seeds, which I’d happily mail to anyone in NZ.

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