You might be surprised that I would want such a frost. It's now frigid outside, the leaves of most perennials are in tatters, and all of my annuals are kaput. But I do have a confession - there is one annual that I have been waiting to die...
the Jalapeño Pepper plant
I have had two problems with this plant:
1) the only person in the house that eats jalapeño peppers is Mr. Red House
2) this plant doesn't know how to stop giving.
I actually did can my first pint of pickled peppers this summer, which I was very proud of myself for. So I put the next large round of peppers that I picked in the fridge, meaning to can them. Well, you know how life gets (I like to blame my kids a lot for these types of things); before I knew it, the peppers were too old to use, and I had to throw them out.
|Die, plant, die!|
Several more times I had to throw out large batches of peppers, as I refused to admit the fact that I just didn't have time to can, and Mr. Red House certainly couldn't eat scores of peppers each week. Seriously, how many plants can one little plant produce?! This plant was getting on my nerves and giving me quite the guilt complex!
|It's about time!|
Now, after a good freeze, I think this plant is finally done! No more guilt about wasting food! ..Well, at least, until next summer when Mr. Red House begs me for another pepper plant...
Do you have any perfectly good plants in your garden that you wish would die?