Yes, I have grown peppers before, mostly hot peppers. The bell's haven't been very successful. I do not like peppers, so I don't know about the flavor. I grow them for my DH. He has no complaints.
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That's interesting! I planted bell peppers and jalapenos side by side and didn't notice anything off. I only got about 3 tiny little Bell peppers (they didn't have enough time to really grow before the cold came) and they tasted fine. I don't like hot peppers so DH ate the jalapenos. He didn't mention if they were milder than normal.
I had read the same thing about hot and sweet peppers someplace, but in the myriad other books and online sources I've been reading (and it's A LOT), no one else says that, and some even go so far as to show sample garden plans with them in the same bed/next to each other. I'm growing both this summer, so we'll see...
I think the only problem you will have with sweet and hot peppers together, is if you save the seed. The plants will cross pollinate, and the saved seeds may not be true to the parent plant. So, for example, if Big Bertha is planted next to a Serrano, the seeds from Big Bertha may produce a "hotter" pepper next year.
I planted about 50 hots and 50 sweets.
Hots did really well. I got hundreds of each variety of Fish, Jalapeno, Pepperoncini and Bulgarian Carrot. I got very few of the Jin Jao.
Sweets didn't do as well. I got about 100 mini-bells which I will never grow again. I got a few poblanos, about 25 yellow monsters, 2 chocolate bells (from 6 plants ) and maybe 40 red bells.
I planted the sweet peppers in the bed closest to my fence and something was reaching over and taking bites out of my peppers. I'm going to switch it up this year and put the hot peppers over there and the sweet ones where they can't reach them.
Great thread! I'm going to follow along and live vicariously through you for a while, as the season doesn't get started here anytime soon (I'm a Hawai'i transplant living in SWEDEN). My husband and I tend about 100 square meters of veggie gardens. We experiment with different varieties every year, but one of my main jobs is to steer him away from all the exotics he insists on trying and bring him back to the reliable and tasty cool-weather stuff. (And I'M the one from the tropics, and he's the one from Sweden!)
What I'm reading right now and highly recommend to any gardener and food-lover: Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life"
I am feeling behind already. I really wanted to have some seeds started indoors already but we’ve yet to dig the window greenhouse out of the garage. I also wanted to have more raised beds made so we could get dirt into them on the soonest sunny weekend. But DH needs to actually build the bed frames using old fencing we have.
But it has been a TON of rain and some windstorms…. And I’ve been sick too and of course just as I get better DH catches it LOL
I did finish buying my seeds and got Golden Beets, Carrots, Mesclun Salad Mix and Green Cabbage. I cleared out things from our 2 raised beds that were leftover from last year. So I can at least get started on planning a few spring things there: peas, beets, lettuce, carrots.
Does anyone garden by the Moon cycle? Seems like a wonderful idea but the best planting days do not always line up with the best weather days or a weekend (if you WOH). At least it’s lighter out later now J
(Oregon zone 8)
Joining in (if you don't mind!) Last year we eeked out a very small garden and this year we're getting ready to plant more into our garden. We're not doing raised beds, just straight into the ole earth.
I just figured out what zone we are (5b) but I'm starting to feel a bit behind in terms of picking out my seeds & selecting what to grow for this year.
Last year we did:
Black Cherry Tomatoes
Other tomatoes (I think a beefsteak & a plum)
Eggplant (which did not do very well)
Radishes (didn't do well again)
Carrots (not terrible, but soil needed to be looser to allow growth)
Potatoes (utter failure)
Onion (utter failure)
This year I think I would like to try:
Tomatoes -several varities
Cucumbers (for pickling)
Rhubarb (this has been with us since we've moved into the house)
Several herbs (mint, basil, lemon balm, rosemary, thyme, chives, savory, italian parsley)
possibly some garlic or lettuces for the 2012 season.
Here's my plantings so far. http://cathyanddave.blogspot.com/2011/03/planting-greens-peas-and-some-perennial.html
I am a newbie here, as well! I just roped off my 3 4x4 raised beds, and ordered my seeds. I was inspired by our 70+ weather today---but we drop back into the 50's for a few more weeks. I hope I keep the momentum going and get a good set of plants going. Please share any and all tips for newbies you have!
So far, we have onions, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and chard seedlings. I've planted peppers and I can see some of them just barely coming up.
Our snow finally melted, and it looks like my "plant and ignore" approach to overwintering the carrots may have actually worked! I see green tops that look great, can't wait to dig them up this weekend!
This is my first time with a "true garden" i have grown a few tomatoes here and there but that's about it. This weekend I got corn, green beans, 3 different tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, strawberries, grapes, mint, catnip and basil planted. I still have left to plant onions, yellow squash, zucchini, sweet peppers, jalapenos, watermelon and cucumbers. I am so excited to venture on this process with my two little ones watching them grow and awaiting harvest day.
We still have snow on the ground, sitting around since last November. I am so impatient to get peas and onions in the ground!
the other things on my list for this year are:
Bell Peppers and tomatoes (starting indoors from seed)
Kale (Russian variety and regular)
Beets (Red and Golden)
Baby Bok Choy
Okra (last year we planted okra here in MN, and we got blooms and lots of pods!)
Summer Squash (Yellow and Zucchini)
Thanks for starting this thread Farmercathy! I used to be quite active in this forum but have lived in an apartment with nowhere to garden for several years and eventually tapered off in my posting.
This year my girls and I have joined a wonderful gardening club at a local university. It really is an amazing program. The university is letting the club use acres and acres of land for an all organic co-op type program. Each child gets a 4ft by 4ft raised bed in the children's garden, and families get one or more 4 by 10ft raised beds depending on family size.
However, the community garden is amazing! We will have a huge pumpkin patch next to the children's garden, huge corn field, and we've already planted hundreds of pounds of potatoes. There are raspberries, blackberries, asparagus, horseradish, rhubarb, and grapes already established. We'll be planting hundreds of tomatoes, beans, peppers, squash, gourds, several different grains, you name it, we'll be planting it! It is a teaching garden so there will be some experimenting going on, including 4 kinds of rice, three upland rices even one paddy rice. There are gardening lectures once a week and two community garden work days but anyone can stop by anytime and work on their garden in an absolutely beautiful landscape. Everything is strictly organic and the coordinator of this program is quite fond of heirlooms. Oh, and it's a totally FREE program. All supplies and are supplied, thanks to a grant. You only have to purchase your own seeds if you want to grow something different than what they have. Yay!
In my little bed I already have three kinds of peas, spinach, french radishes, carrots, parsley, arugula, a few onions and some garlic.Yesterday we helped get the frames of two greenhouses built. We helped build the raised beds, too. This is all very exciting and I feel my gardening soul truly coming back to life. I've had to grow stuff in pots outside my apartment but share an entryway and people throw cigarette butts in my stuff and kids have vandalized or stolen my tomatoes every single year. I am most happy that my girls are getting this amazing experience. My older dd remembers mama's garden and working and playing in it, but my younger dd does not, even though she was a little gardening girl at the time, too. So, did I already say how happy I am?
Anyway, thought I would share with fellow gardeners and subbing. Hope to check in here often and see what everyone is up to!
Wow, shaywyn, that sounds amazing! Part of the excitement of gardening, I think, is getting to nose around in what others are doing, compare notes, and "show off" a little with one's own beautiful fennel or whatever. I miss that, what with our huge veggie garden in the middle of a field, far from neighbors. I love a community plots (I worked in a large one run by women during my Peace Corps stint in El Salvador), and also front yard veggie gardens. It really brings neighbors together, and allows folks to learn so much from each other.
For all gardeners, old pros and new beginners, this is a great site: http://kitchengardeners.org/
I'll start these seeds today:
orange bell pepper
sweet chocolate pepper
siling cara pepper
yellow monster pepper
yellow marconi pepper
large sweet antigua pepper
red marconi pepper
king of the north pepper
golden greek pepperoncini
serrano chili pepper
white lisbon bunching onion
black beauty eggplant
copenhagen market cabbage
nero di toscano cabbage
romanesco italia broccoli
It seems like a lot of peppers, but I'm really cutting back after last year. We had way too many hot peppers last year!
I'll also get more lettuce and spinach going in the cold frame today.