Our pepper crop was rather interesting this year. Dave started all the peppers from seed last February and all the peppers sprung right up and grew in small pots in the greenhouse. He planted lots of his peppers in the greenhouse beds in April. The rest (he had about 50 plants, they all couldn’t fit in the greenhouse!) grew in the greenhouse in their little pots until they just got too big and had to brave the great outdoors in May.
Pepper Crop Report 2015:
The greenhouse peppers expressed pure joy in their living quarters and grew like crazy in the big beds! Unfortunately, the aphids quickly found them in the greenhouse and a protracted war on those pests began. Dave armed himself with Neem’s oil this year. But the waves of aphid rebirths continued throughout the growing season. All we managed, was to contain them a bit. Fortunately, the greenhouse peppers ignored the aphids and produced gorgeous peppers all summer from July onward. If you want to know more on our battle with aphids in the greenhouse, my aphids in our greenhouse post has more on that!
A very different story outside:
The outdoor transplants weren’t happy about moving outside. We thought they were going to turn toes up and die on us for quite a while. They yellowed… and drooped… and a few did actually die. Most of them just sat in the rows, miserably, for a long, long time… Then one bed started to make some headway.
Dave babied them along. He studied on them, tried every gardener’s trick he could find to encourage them to grow! He carefully covered them with plastic every night in his hooped beds if he thought they might catch a chill. After a month or so(It was a VERY long time), one of the pepper beds suddenly showed signs of life and started to grow. The other pepper bed continued to languish all yellow and small.
We never did figure out what was holding back the one bed, other than a bad attitude. But eventually, and rather suddenly, even that bed did get growing and in it own time, produced lovely peppers! TONS of peppers! It should be noted we had a STELLAR growing year for peppers, weather wise. Our summer was hot, sunny and dry. I loved it! So did the peppers!
All these varieties of peppers were growing in the outdoor garden this summer. Carmen, red flames, Cheyennes and Tiburons all grew outside in 2015 and produced well …after a very slow start!
We harvested peppers for months and still are. The Bangkok Peppers are in the greenhouse now. Full of tiny hot peppers that I have no clue what to do with. We never grow hot peppers, since we are both happier with the low heat varieties. But Dave wanted to try these lil cuties. So they are in the greenhouse. Blooming their lil hearts out! I’m drying and freezing most of the crop. I use them in recipes like Peanut Sauce over Thai Zoodles; but there is no way I’m going to use that many! We have given entire huge baskets of peppers away to friends and family that will use them. Still my freezer is overflowing with dried, frozen peppers! Next year, Dave has to make some tough choices. Way fewer pepper plants please!
Dave just pulled all of the outdoor pepper plants out this last week (Last week of October). The plants were starting to show a bit of black mold on the stems. We don’t want to encourage mold here. We have an abundance of it! So the outdoor crop is gone now. Dave also pulled most of the greenhouse pepper plants for the same reason. (different mold in there but still a problem). Our humidity is extremely high here; so at 50 plus degrees we grow a diversity of molds! We are so tired of our huge, bountiful crop of peppers…. we actually don’t mind losing them! (or maybe that’s just me).
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That’s about it for the 2015 pepper report. We love them! Glad they are almost gone though! Till next year peppers!