US: Teen grows passion for hot peppers

14 year old Joey Kehoe, 14, set out this year to grow exotic hot peppers as a hobby. “I just thought it would be cool to say I could grow the hottest peppers in the world,” Kehoe said during a recent interview with The Post Independent in his backyard where his dad, Dan Kehoe, built a greenhouse and terraced garden area to support his son’s budding interest in horticulture.

This past week marked the peak in ripeness when the peppers are at their hottest, and the father-son team was busy harvesting 12 different species of some of the hottest peppers found in the world.

The project began last December when Joey Kehoe found an online source for pepper seeds that were billed as “the hottest pepper seeds in the world.”

He and his dad set up a soil-free hydroponics grow room in the house to start the plants. When the plants got to be too big for the house, his dad proposed building a greenhouse.

A construction worker in Aspen, Dan Kehoe was able to salvage most of the materials from his job sites, and built the greenhouse for less than $1,000.

Instead of traditional gardening soil, their growing system both inside and outside the greenhouse uses a sawdust and blood meal mixture, which Kehoe explained has better moisture retention.

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