I'm going to try bottle gourds this year. They are much like a squash up to 12". After that they become gourd-like. Also going to plant Carolina Reapers again because the hotsauce I made from them was such a hit. (but fiercely hot!)
Yeah, I usually overwinter at least one Thai hot, a lemon drop hot, and a Panamanian hot. I just dig up the smallest of each and pot them. Keep them on the glassed-in front porch. Gets cold, but not freezing. But it is very easy to over-water them, so beware.Just put up several jars of pickled jalepenos. Delicious. Have been reading about wintering over pepper plants. Anybody tried this?
I like heirloom seed storys. I hope they are still fertile and you get a decent crop.40 odd Years ago my dad got some seed corn from an old man from Denton county. The old man said when he married his father gave him a team of mules, 80 acres, and a 50lb bag of seed corn. This was in the 1920. He said the Dent corn was named Preacher Hill corn, had a very small cob and IIRC made 12 rows of corn per cob.
The first year we planted all the seed and kept it all for next years seed. After that Dad planted about 10 acres every year for several years. We ate some but most we ground into feed using a hammer mill. Every year we kept a few gallons of seeds to plant next year.
Dad had a stroke in 96, my brother and I planted corn a couple years then he moved and I gave up.
This fall while cleaning up the farm I found a gallon of seed corn in a sealed gallon glass jar.
Im going to plant some this spring in my back yard garden. If it sprouts i'll try to get fresh seed to re-establish this heirloom seed.
I always enjoyed the "bite" of field or dent corn.
I have the same problem with visitors here in Utah too, never see them other than their tracks in the snow or mud.