Sweet pepper is also known as the Bell Peppers. it covers a wide variety
of mild peppers that, like the chile, belong to the capsicum family. The
best known sweet peppers are bell peppers, named for their bell-like
shape. They have a mild, sweet flavor and crisp juicy flesh. When young
most bell peppers are a rich, bright green, but there are also yellow,
orange, purple, red and brown bell peppers. Red bell peppers are green
bell peppers that have ripened longer and are very sweet. The red
heart-shaped pimiento is another popular sweet pepper. Pimientos are the
familiar red stuffing found in green olives. Other sweet pepper
varieties include cachucha, European sweet, bull horn, etc.
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Garden plants have flowers and leaves and are green. They need sunshine
and water. The ones you don't want are called weeds. You make a garden
by having daddy do most of the work, and then mommy waters it, and I get
to pick anything I want. we are doing this because
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I agree that peppers are nice but the "bell pepper" type seems to take a
lot of room in comparison to its yield. However, a grilled, freshly
picked, red bell pepper is one of those things you should taste before
you shuffle off this mortal coil. I had a horrible harvest last year
because of our lack of heat. The local paper says that some gave up
trying to grow tomatoes last year because it was so cool.
For many North Coast gardeners, the unthinkable happened last year. Rain
and then a cool summer sucked the life out of many tomato vines.
“I've talked to people who have given up on growing tomatoes because of
last year,” said Dan Lehrer, who grows wholesale veggie starts at his
Flatland Flower Farm outside Sebastopol.
Fortunately, we are off to a good start. It's 79F today, and the rest of
the week is predicted to be over 80F. I'll still be wrapping the
tomatoes and peppers in clear plastic mulch, though.
Our squash, lettuce, potatoes, and cucumbers are in. I've been losing
some potatoes, and I can't figure out what it is. There is chicken wire
on the ground and cages over the plants. Rascally Raccoon doesn't like
either, and I've spread a couple of cups of iron phosphate around, so I
know it isn't snails and slugs. Something killed off most of our peas. I
replaced the lost ones today and turned on the drip irrigation to check
the system. Looks good to go.
Tomatoes came up kinda leggy. Putting them out in the cool didn't seem
to help, but they are starting to show some life now.
That pretty much leaves the tomatoes, peppers, basil, beans, and corn to
"Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get"
- Mark Twain
Mark Twain could have not said it better!
I am off to a bad start here. I was late in getting my seeds going for
Peppers. I have had very little success for peppers because of my short
summer season. I had a long harsh winter that was way out of the ordinary.
The snow ended two weeks ago a month past normal and now i have rain just
about every other day. The ground is saturated with water. In Michigan Mid
May to the End of May is the time everyone starts to plant. I need at least
a two weeks of dry weather to even think about planting. Spotty rain in the
forecast for each day this week.
It has also been much colder here. We are about ten degrees ferinheight
below normal for the spring averages. Very little sunshine coming through
my south windows. Typically my little T-5 grow lights use provide
additional light that was sufficient for strong plants. So cloudy that my
seedlings are on the spindly side. Now that I am on fixed income I am
reluctant to buy more lights.
A single bell pepper is going for $2.50 each here in Michigan. They may not
have the yield but I have feeling my meals this fall are going to be bland.
Enjoy Life... Nad R (Garden in zone 5a Michigan)
I meant to mention that the honey bees, and the butterflies have engaged
the the sage (Salvia officinalis), and our wisteria with a serious
intent. The bees like the wild onions, too, but the wild onions are
invasive (they'd probably see it as assertive).
A couple of suggestions for those who want to attract bees and
"We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we
garden." - Anon
I see that you are in the UK - a friend who lives there tells me that the UK
has had a really cold Spring. Even here in Australia I don't plant any of
the pepper family until late Spring (inside in pots) or Summer (outside in
warm soil) and even then I'm not disappointed if I don't get a harvest
because I know they are heat lovers and my season can be a bit short givne
that I live in a tableland cold climate.
Usually, we have rain in June every 10 years. We've had raine in June
each of the last 3 years. We've just had a day and a half of good rain,
and on Friday, it's supposed to be 92F (33C). Grapes were just finishing
there flowering. Good weather for mold.
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