Extend your hot pepper season and make “Monster Mash”

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    What can you do if your hot pepper harvest is behind schedule? On the latest episode of You Bet Your Garden, host Mike McGrath helps bring those peppers indoors to give them extra time to ripen up. Plus: how to make hot sauce and “Monster Mash” from that hot pepper harvest!

    Question of the Week:

    I grow a variety of hot peppers and use them to bottle up my famous Hot Sauce. I amend the plants’ soil every winter with eggshells and coffee grounds, and in the spring a little organic fertilizer to get things started. I normally have enough peppers to make my sauce, but I’m getting very little fruit this season. A neighbor is having the same problem, and my local nursery said it’s probably due to the unusual amount of rain in the Philadelphia area. Have you heard of any similar complaints this season?
    -Reggie, “a long-time listener and WHYY member in the Germantown section of Philadelphia”

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