I've never been into hot and spicy foods. That SM's thing. He's Mr Heat Miser.
So when I grow peppers I grow just a few jalapenos and banana's for him. When I cook something hot like Chili, I make it mild for me and let him add all his hot sauces to it. I'm just a wimp that way.
You know how in cooking they call the mixture of onions, carrots and celery the "Holy Trinity"? I can agree with that, but there's a fourth ingredient I always add. Green Peppers. There's just something about the flavor of a green (or red) bell pepper. I don't care for them raw personally, but I'm fine with the cooked variety.
Last year, our green pepper crop suffered from sun scald, so this year I planted all the peppers in and amongst the tomatoes. When I transplanted my babies (Carolina Wonder and California Wonder) they were busy and full. Within a month or so, they got all tall and leggy. I was told to "pinch them back" to promote more foliage, but I didn't. They were starting to bloom and I got greedy so I let them do their thing.
I've noticed that I can never really get a BIG bell pepper. I wonder if my perspective is off with being exposed to the huge grocery store peppers?
I've watched our peppers now for about a week and they didn't seem to be getting any bigger. In fact they started to become more susceptible to scald, bugs and spots.
So I thought "waste not, want not". Even small bell peppers cook up just fine, so I went out and pulled everything I thought I should. Most of the plants only put out about 2-3 peppers each.
So whats the big mystery about growing peppers in the South? Perhaps green peppers are best as a more Northern crop. SM and I have discussed the extreme sun that seems to zap them. This crop is better than last years so we know that giving them full sun is not good. We also think that, while the tomatoes did help protect them, they also crowded them too much. We're actually discussing building some kind of a shade cloth contraption next year to try and protect them more. I planted some in raised beds and in the ground. Both seemed to produce the same amount, so where they're planted doesn't seem to matter too much.
Any thoughts out there? Tips that have worked for you? I plan on planting ALOT more plants next year if all I can hope for is 2-3 bells per plant.