PEPPERS: SWEET & HOT

Staddon’s Select, from Territorial Seed

I would really like to grow peppers as nice as the ones in this photo from Territorial Seed.

2017: The first year of our garden here at high altitude we attempted to grow a few sweet & hot peppers outdoors. I knew it would be a long-shot whether they’d grow or not in our cool weather, but thought I’d give it a try, keeping them well covered each night.

A few sweet peppers grew, but were thin-skinned and did not ripen before first frost. The few were picked and ripened indoors. Some anaheim chiles grew as well as jalapenos, but the plants did not produce as abundantly as they had in our previous, warmer location.

2018-2020: Knowing that peppers like warmth, I was excited to grow them in our greenhouse. I have grown them for three years now in the greenhouse. They grow slowly and attract aphids. They remain thin-skinned and take a very long time to ripen. Perhaps I could do a better job of fertilizing or something, but at this point I’m ready to give up and not grow them again, other than 1-2 jalapeno plants, which did better and had fewer aphids.

I can buy nice peppers at the store all summer long, without waiting for one wimpy harvest at the end, and the peppers I buy are much better quality. One of my favorite summer vegetable dishes is grilled zucchini with sweet peppers and onions. If I purchase them I can have them whenever zucchini is in season!