I've had some early successes so far this year (Lettuce is doing nicely and some cherry tomatoes I started way too early in December have some nice fruits already).
I'm also growning peppers again, which I've tried in the past with minimal success. I'm in upstate NY, Zone 6, growing California Wonder bells and Hungarian Wax, both from a local seed company. I planted them in mid-January and started transplanting into my raised bed about a week or two ago. The area I've planted them in gets plenty of sun.
The trouble I've always run into has been that peppers for me have never grown much beyond about 9-12" and only set a few fruit. I was surprised to read recommendations for staking peppers.
I had a soil test done last fall, and the area has plenty of phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. No notable deficiencies. The pH was 7.2, and I've since added a good bit of peat moss, partly to lower the pH but mostly to break up the clay soil.
I'm wondering if there's something obvious I'm doing wrong. Is there something I should be looking for that would explain why they haven't thrived?
Thanks in advance for any advice. It's nice to see such an active newsgroup still going strong.