EarthBox 2016 Recap — The Peppers

by A.J. Coltrane

Chalk one up for maintaining the blog as a gardening journal. I haven’t been able to find the scribbled notes of which peppers we grew, but this post has a list!

2013 Peppers recap here.  2014 Peppers recap here. 2015 Peppers recap here.


The totals:

Variety Count Weight Ave. Weight
Anaheim 3 8.6 2.9
Serrano 3 4.5 1.5
Carmen 2 3.3 1.7
Gypsy 2 1.3 0.7
Orange Bell 1 1.0 0.3
Red Bell 1 1.1 1.1
Melrose 1 0.4 0.4
Red Beauty 1 1.0 1.0
Baron 1 1.0 1.0
Ace 1 0.2 0.2
Orange Sun 1 0.3 0.3
Jalapeno 1 1.5 1.5
2016 Total 18 24.2 1.3
2013 10 22.3 2.2
2014 18 31.0 1.7
2015 18 32.5 1.8

The yield this year wasn’t very good relative to previous years, though the overall decline was in line with the tomatoes and everything else, so no real cause for alarm. It’s likely that if the peppers were allowed a little more space the results could have been better — some of the “interior” plants basically got squished. The cool summer didn’t help either.

On the flip side, we didn’t lose many peppers to bugs. On a couple of different occasions I added two or three grains of Sluggo Plus around the base of the plants and I’d like to think that whacked the earwigs.

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Really, for all the varieties, it broke out into “Bell Peppers”, “Pointy Peppers”, and “Hot Peppers”. No surprises, despite the “excitement” involved in obtaining the plants. The Anaheims in particular did very well (again). The Serranos are hotter than I’d visualized, but we’ll throw them into everything that might benefit from some heat over the next few months.

As an added bonus:  The pepper plants were essentially zero work — No trellising. No pruning. Gotta love it.


Visit Dave at Ourhappyacres, host of Harvest Monday.

4 thoughts on “EarthBox 2016 Recap — The Peppers

  1. Totally agree with peppers – they are virtually no maintenance other than weeding. I had similar results with Anaheim – I haven’t analyzed my yields yet but I would bet that they are at the top of the list.


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