Peppers in June

Peppers in June.

As I wrote in the post Vegetable garden in June, pepper plants were planted out from May 23 to May 25. The peppers are covered with white waxed paper caps to aid their transition to the garden. The caps can be torn back as the plants grow and can be composted in the end.

Here is the rundown on peppers.

6 sweet bell peppers. 2 Yankee bells. 2 Ace bells. 2 Intruder bells.

3 sweet Carmen frying peppers.

14 hot peppers. 5 Havasu. 4 El Jefe jalapeños. 2 Cheyenne cayenne chiles. 2 Tiburon ancho/poblanos. 1 Helios habanero.

Below I describe the peppers according to their position in my garden–some inside the vegetable garden fence, others outside the vegetable garden with their own fencing or black bags for protection. Some of this is experimental. Trying to utilize more garden space. Trying to situate more peppers in hot, sunny areas.


2 Havasu peppers, one from old seed and one from new seed, are planted in black bags in the old apple tree area of my garden. This area receives the most sun, but is also the weediest and does not have a fence to keep Daisy and her dog friends out. Hopefully the black bags will keep the peppers from being smothered by weeds or run over by dogs.


2 El Jefe jalapeño pepper plants are planted in a small area I fenced off to try to grow a white oak tree from an acorn. See the post Planting an acorn for the sorrowful details. Until I get an oak tree started, I use this small area for other purposes. It is semi-shady, so peppers may not do well here.


Most of the sweet peppers are planted in a small extension to the garden that is a wooden raised bed with short fencing around it. The fence would never keep out a groundhog, but it serves its purpose to keep Daisy from dashing through. Sweet peppers in this area include 3 Carmen Italian frying pepper plants, seen at bottom of photo above, 2 Yankee bells, which are open-pollinated peppers, seen in middle of photo above with clear plastic covers. and 2 Ace bell peppers, seen at top of photo. The only sweet peppers not in this area are 2 Intruder sweet peppers, which are planted in the main garden area. The Yankee bells are small, but they seem healthy enough.


Most of the hot peppers are in the main vegetable garden area. 2 Havasu peppers, one from old seed and one from new seed, are planted in a raised bed with the Intruder sweet peppers mentioned before. The Havasus are at top of photo above, with the new-seed plant at left, the old-seed plant at right. The Intruder sweet peppers are at bottom of photo. This bed is toward the shady end of the vegetable garden.


2 Tiburon ancho/poblano hot peppers are planted toward the sunny end of the vegetable garden. They are poblanos when harvested green. Johnny’s Selected Seeds catalog says 65 days for green poblanos. 85 days for red ripe peppers. I expect I won’t see red ripe happen.


2 Cheyenne cayenne chiles are planted in raised beds in the vegetable garden. 1 is in a bed with a Celebrity tomato plant, as seen above. That should be OK since the Celebrity is a determinate tomato that stays in its place for the most part.


The other Cheyenne pepper, which is quite small right now, is in a bed with a New Girl indeterminate tomato plant. I’ll have to watch that the New Girl doesn’t overrun its Cheyenne chile neighbor. Both Cheyenne peppers are in the middle of the vegetable garden and therefore get a fair amount of sun.


2 El Jefe jalapeño peppers are interspersed between tomatoes. One shares a bed with a Celebrity determinate tomato, so it should be OK.


The other is with a Speckled Roman indeterminate plum tomato, so I’ll watch out for its property rights. There are 4 El Jefe pepper plants in all. 2 are over in the oak tree site, as I wrote about before. All the El Jefe plants are in semi-sunny areas. That’s too bad. Some of them should get the full sun treatment. That’s what happens, first, when the neighbors’ trees grow taller, and second, when garden space is at a premium and trade-offs must be made in terms of ideal spots for vegetables. There’s also the dilemma of crop rotation in a compact vegetable garden. Peppers and tomatoes shouldn’t be planted in the same area 2 years in a row. It’s all a balancing act. Well, we’ll see what happens to the jalapeños.

In a raised bed at the sunniest end of the main vegetable garden are 1 Havasu hot pepper from new seed at top, and 1 Helios habanero hot pepper at bottom. I can’t believe I ended up with only 1 habanero, and it’s a scraggly little thing. Hope it survives. Of course, if a habanero plant is healthy and producing well, 1 plant is all you need.

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