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August 12, 2015 PAGE 9A STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE OUTDOORS By Gary R. Bachman begin setting fruit as the MSUHorticulturist temperature rises, and they keep producing A little planning and through fall. These pep- planting early in the pers are quite versatile season can really pay off garden performers and with big color during the work well in combina- dog days of summer that tion containers or we're "enjoying" right massed planted in the now. One of my newest landscape. favorite groups of plants It seems like ornamen- for hot summer and fall tal peppers are confinu- -- yes, I said fall -- are ally in flower, so it is ornamental peppers, very common to have Ornamental peppers peppers in various stages of coloration. This is a fantastic fea- ture and provides for an ever-changing look in the landscape. Once fruit has set, it usually remains on the plant for a few months, maintain- ing the beautiful colors. Only when the peppers begin to dry will the color start to fade. All-America Selections has done a fantastic job of selecting and recom- mending ornamental peppers for our land- scapes. Black Olive has an upright growth habit that reaches about 20 inches tall with dark- purple foliage. Dark, purplish-black fruit clusters produced all along the stems mature to bright red and offer a really nice contrast to the dark foliage. Black Pearl is one of my favorites, with its clusters of shiny, black, Sharing Hometown Recipes, Cooking Tips and Coupons B Janet Thar~e Easy School Night Dinner, Mac and Cheese With Veggies "Loved by everyone that eats it/" Jenny Powers Franklin, TN (pop. ~7) Tith kids heading back-to-school, Jenny Powers' Mac - V Y and Cheese withVeggies is asuper easy weeknight meal. Kids never turn down a bowl of mac and cheese, and with a recipe this tasty you can bet they'll come back for seconds. Plus, it's a great way to sneak in some veggies! See step-by-step photos of Jenny's recipe plus thousands more from home cooks nationwide at: www.justapinch.com/veggiemac You'll also find a meal planner, coupons and chances to win! Enjoy and remember, use "just a pinch"... round fruit that mature to brilliant red in con- trast to the black foliage as the season progress- es. Black Pearl's heat and drought tolerance is a great feature, especial- ly for our Mississippi gardens. An interesting All- America Selections win- ner is NuMex Easter from the Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University. This plant is part of their hol- iday pepper collection and features fruit rang- ing in pastel colors from lavender to yellow and light orange that are reminiscent of colorful Easter eggs. Despite their colorful, fruity show, these plants require only minimal care. There is no need to deadhead because the fruit are persistent and long lasting, and they thrive in the full sun much better than most gardeners do. Ornamental peppers prefer to grow in consis- tently moist soil, but don't be overly generous with water. The plants will not tolerate water- logged soil. Fertilize with a good, slow- release fertilizer early in the season and use a water-soluble fertilizer again about six weeks after transplanting. In late summer, it is com- mon for the foliage to lighten up and begin to look "hungry," so go ahead and feed again with the water-soluble fertilizer. A word of caution: Most of these ornamen- tal peppers are edible but extremely hot, so take care to keep curl- ous youngsters from try- trial sites where ing the brightly colored researchers evaluate a fruit. While it's too late variety of ornamental to plant ornamental peppers for our land- peppers this year, why scapes. Email me at not consider them for gary.bachman@msstate. your garden and land- edu, and I'll send you scape next year? information on visiting Mississippi State these evaluation trials. University has five plant Mac and Cheese With Veggies l aat_Yeal_ e 2 c heavy whipping put into a greased 16 oz box of elbow cream casserole dish. macaroni, cooked 1 c sour cream Cut the butter into al dente 4 c shredded small pieces and stir 1 large onion, finely cheddar (use a with warm macaroni chopped combo of different to melt. 1 green pepper, cheese if you like) Bake at 350 for 1 chopped 1 1/2 tsp dry hour. 2 stalks of celery,mustard You might have to chopped 1/2 tsp salt cover with foil if 1 small can of green 1/2 tsp white pepper it starts to get too chilis, drained brown. 1 stick butter This dish makes 6 tbsp all-purpose Combine all its own sauce while flour ingredients and baking. Submitted by: Jenny Powers, Franklin, TN (pop. 62,467) www.justapinch.com/veggiemac e TOP RANKED NURSING HOME i/1 Missi. sippi, rated br US News am/Wbr/d Report STONE COUNTY Nursing &, Rehabilitation Center 1436 East Central Ave. I 601.928.1889 ] neemmnaag.com Mississippi Guff Coast Community College $'I'ART with 6uff Coast... RNISH with Confidence!