I’ve never done very well at growing bell peppers. They never survive past green, and I like to eat mine colored. They also never grow very big. But last year I had some really great success with hot peppers so I figured this year I’d give it another try. This year I planted them in the back yard with the tomatoes instead of in the front yard with the herbs and I think the tomatoes (which grew huge and out of control) blocked a bit too much of the sun and stunted my peppers a little. Next year they are gonna get a whole bed to themselves. However, despite all that they are still making peppers and they are big enough to eat and quite tasty. I planted some jalapeños and poblanos which are my two favorites!
On a side note the squirrels have been eating far too many of my tomatoes… and according to the neighbors they are also stealing my peppers. So for anyone who says just spray everything with hot pepper or hot sauce to keep the squirrels away… it doesn’t work with my squirrels. They are EATING HOT PEPPERS! Gah!
I also saw two bucks a doe and three fawns a block away the other night. I’m expecting a plant massacre any day. I might have to revisit that fence plan.