Peppers!

I haven’t talked much about the peppers in our Family of 4 Garden – the tomatoes have just been so much more interesting! The peppers are relatively trouble-free, and they seem to be productive.

The ‘Padron’ peppers have been producing like crazy for 3-4 weeks noJalapenosw, as have the banana peppers. The Jalapenos are absolutely loaded with peppers, but they haven’t been sizing up very well. They are starting to turn colors though, so I guess they are ready to pick! The poor plants are almost falling over they are so loaded down.

The ‘Early Sunsation’ Bell peppers have huge peppers on the plants, but I am waiting to pick them until they turn yellow. I want yellow peppers, not green! Bell Peppers(I have to admit that I am trying to “stack the deck” for my Family of 4 Garden revenues, since yellow peppers are $2 each in the grocery store and green peppers are usually less than $1.)

The ‘Mohawk’ peppers would be spectacular in containers, I’m sure. However, they are less than impressive in the garden next to the other peppers.

We also have some peppers planted elsewhere on our grounds – out by our electronic sign in our EarthKind Soils demonstration. (For more information on the EarthKind Soils preparation, here’s an info sheet on it: EarthKind Soil (pdf)

These Anaheim peppers were planted in late May, and they have had EarthKind Peppersessentially no care. They were watered twice this summer (when it was extremely hot – over 100 degrees.), and have received no fertilizer or other attention.

You can’t really tell much from this picture, other than that the peppers are healthy. They are also loaded down with peppers, although that is hard to see from the photo. The pepper I picked smells like it has a fair bit of zing!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on August 4, 2009, in Family of 4 Garden and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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