Greeting fearless followers,
The weather here in NCTx is stunningly beautiful, but I sincerely hope that if you and/or your family live in other parts of the country you are all safe and well. What do they say about March: “in like a lion, out like a lamb.”
On a happier note, isn’t that a gorgeous pepper?
Did you know peppers are perennials? They just happen to be very tender perennials (which is why most of us grow them as annuals, much like we here in Texas tend to grow Strawberries as annuals — because it’s difficult to nurse them through the summer heat). The beautiful specimen above was picked from a plant in my greenhouse about two hours ago and has since become part of my dinner. So this fall (I know what you’re thinking: “how can this woman be thinking about fall when it’s not even spring yet?”) before you pull out your pepper plants and toss them on the compost heap why don’t you check and see if there is warm, sunny place where it/they can live for the winter and maybe it/they will grace you with fresh peppers over the winter. Even if it doesn’t it’s still worth trying to over winter one (or a few) as you’ll have a great big, healthy pepper plant to put back out in the garden come spring and a jump on early pepper production.