It was a very busy year at Gordz Hot Sauce! The Fall was gorgeous at the Pepper Ranch while we were in production and gearing up for Christmas markets. It was far above normal in terms of warm and sunny! The greenhouse made it to December this year! That was amazing! The live plants have all been moved indoors safe from the freezing temps we get here in the winter months. Christmas is always a very busy time for Gordz Hot Sauce, as we attend many Christmas Shows, do special Christmas packaging and gift baskets So here is little video of our year in review ~ enjoy! and now.....Planting starts this week! Lol
Fall at Gordz Pepper Ranch is a wonderful sight! The pepper gardens are overgrown with lush and loaded superhot pepper plants with vibrantly colourful peppers. So many varieties! Some of the hot pepper plants grew to gigantic proportions! The pepper plants really love being in the dirt versus potted, and they sure do love the rain! The mature fruit continues to be far larger than those from container plants. As Thanksgiving approaches and the cooler temps and frost descend upon us, we perform the "annual harvest" and we are thankful for our bounty! We proceed by cutting the pepper plants from all the gardens (we do move several into the greenhouse to keep the plants alive). We cut the plants by variety and bring them to tables by the trailer load; whereby, the pickers proceed to pick each plant clean. It's a long day, but with a little help from our friends and some great music, we manage to get it done! Of course, this leads to major production! We use all the peppers while they are fresh, when only the finest quality will do!
As summer progresses, we continue to water, weed and tend all these pepper plants. The landscape fabric saves much of the weeding time. The birds take care of pest control for us, as they walk under the plants snagging the pests for lunch. We seem to have a security detail of hummingbirds as well. I did mention we live in a birdcage, right? As the flowers and vegetables come into season, we harvest them and make our different sauces and jellies right in our on-site Food Processing Facility, located ideally, between the garden and the house!
Spring is a busy time for Gordz Hot Sauce. We have to plan out our gardens while we continue sowing seeds, with the addition of watering all the young plants frequently. While the weather is cool and the snow melts away, we take the opportunity to clean up the property and prepare for new gardens.
We have decided to alternate gardens and parks throughout Gordz Pepper Ranch, as we grow and reclaim the land of this old homestead. Once the plans are made, we set to tilling and hilling new gardens while removing old shrubs and debris, opening up previously unused areas.
As the temps start to rise, we then we get down to the task of making all the pepper gardens. We prefer the French-style of gardening with raised beds. It saves the gardens from drowning during the rainy season, which is typically spring in this region. We also use micro-irrigation to minimize water waste and landscape fabric to reduce weeds naturally. After creating all the beds and planting all the vegetable gardens, we begin plannting 1000s of young pepper plants in various stages of growth, one by one, all by hand. The weeding is done by hand here at Gordz Pepper Ranch as well.
The bird song around Gordz Pepper Ranch is amazing! We live in a birdcage, only we are in the cage (house) so to speak! The birds seem to work in tandem with us in the gardens, walking along the beds as we plant.
We began this year by ordering fresh seed stock to compliment our own harvested seeds from last year. We sow the seeds in tray after tray of too many varieties to list. We line them all up on tables under their domes for easy watering and we wait for them to sprout. Once sprouted, we add lights to assist with their growth and water frequently.