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First Peppers

Chablis Pepper

Chablis Pepper

Just like last year, the Chablis peppers are the first to produce. These are a really neat pepper, starting off yellow, then sometimes turning green and finally ending with red tones. They are edible through the whole process, but do not usually grow as big as the bell variety.

Pepper Rows

Pepper Rows

Instead of planting so many tomatoes this year, I got more serious about peppers, since we were not overwhelmed with them in the past. I used my last bag of frozen peppers long ago when the ground was very cold.

I have six rows of pepper plants that are nearly a foot tall, and four rows of experimental directly seeded plants which are only an inch or two tall. I really don’t expect much from the direct seeded plants, but once again, if you never try anything new, you’ll never learn anything new.



I’ve also discovered that the eggplant I wrote off long ago as dead, due to a thousand flee beetles, has recovered. It has little hope of producing, but with enough water and the hot temperatures that have descended onto the east coast, I might just get one eggplant from this stem.

  1. July 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Two questions. Do you stake/cage your peppers? Do you use diatomaceous earth against flea beetles?

  2. July 22, 2011 at 10:00 am


    I never stake peppers, or tomatoes, and I’ve never tried diatomaceous earth. I’ve tried spraying a mixture of garlic and cayenne pepper water on the plates to deter ground hogs. I got the idea from a friend who had trouble with flee beetles, and read about the mixture. Here’s the link: https://itfarmer.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/doing-battle-with-critters

  3. July 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Thanks for your reply. Do your peppers just eventually lie down when they get tall and heavy enough? Doesn’t that kill them?

    • July 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      In my neck of the woods the peppers don’t grow so big as to become top heavy. The tomatoes will eventually pull the stems of the plant to the ground where the stem will grow additional roots. I haven’t seen a pepper plant with more then three or four peppers at a time. The plant itself forms a stem that looks a lot like a small tree, which is how the plants seem to hold the weight.

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