The Caretaker's Garden

St. Mary's Cemetery

Meet Baltazar: our Caretaker

Baltazar is our Senior Field Staff and manager of the “Caretaker’s Garden” at

St. Mary’s Cemetery in South Minneapolis.

His garden specialties are peppers and tomatoes. 

Baltazar invites you to share the bounty of the “Caretaker’s Garden.” 

2023 Season

What was Growing in the Garden?

Check back soon to find out what will be growing this year!

Sweet Banana Peppers

Scoville Heat Index: 0

Jalapeno Peppers

Scoville Heat Index: 2,500 – 8,000

Serrano Peppers

Scoville Heat Index: 8,000 – 23,000

Super Chili Peppers

Scoville Heat Index: 40,000 – 50,000

Thai Peppers

Scoville Heat Index: 50,000 – 140,000

Ghost Peppers

Scoville Heat Index: 800,000 – 1,001,300

Roma Tomatoes

‘Better Boy’ Tomatoes

‘Big Boy’ Tomatoes

When can I harvest?

We invite you to share in the bounty of the Caretaker’s Garden.

Following is a guide of when to harvest the produce:

  • The tomatoes will need to be red and firm before harvesting

  • Peppers will vary depending on the type:

    • For those that will turn red: they will become hotter as they turn from green to red. 

    • Banana peppers will turn yellow and firm before they are ready. 

  • It will be 1-2 weeks before any of the peppers are ready to be harvested


Baltazar makes a very fine salsa from the peppers and tomatoes in his garden.

You can find a variety of recipies online for the peppers and tomatoes you find in our garden.

If you have any questions or comments please email