Peppers are one of the strongest plants in the garden. They want to survive and produce. And they do.
Two inch seedlings can sit and wait two months for the right conditions to grow. Then they quickly grow into bushy 3 to 6 feet plants depending on the variety.
Even seedlings planted in the “not-so-great” parts of the garden, give it their all and produce fruit.
If conditions are not right for producing fruit, they’ll keep growing until conditions ARE right. When that happens they produce dozens of peppers so heavy they’d break the plant apart without stakes for support.
Finally, what I wait for all season: red peppers!
When frost is expected I’ll harvest almost all that are beginning to turn red and a few large green peppers for good measure. Then I’ll cover plants with row cover cloth to extend the season.
Usually we’ll have nice weather for another month, with an occasional night at 30 to 32 degrees.
This year rather than a first frost, we had a 28 degree freeze. Of course that wilted the leaves and plants no longer looked beautiful.
The amazing thing is the peppers are always fine. They stay firm and crisp AND they continue to mature to red peppers for weeks until another severe freeze finishes them.
Imagine a plant maturing dozens of quality fruits even when the vegetation is wilted from a freeze.
I should be eating sweet red peppers into December and nothing makes me happier.
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