I can’t believe this is the 20th edition of the Tuesday Garden Party! My how time flies when you’re having fun…and I seriously have a lot of fun visiting you all. I dream about visiting your actual gardens and how fun that would be since you all feel like friends! Thank you for all your lovely pictures, tips, and inspiration, I love it all and I hope you have as much fun as I’m having at our weekly party.
I confessed yesterday that I was checking daily for ripe, colored sweet peppers. What I didn’t confess is that I discovered last Saturday I wasn’t very thorough. When I got down on my knees and really looked in the middle of the plants I found all these:
Small golden bells and multicolored baby sweet peppers. I grow these every year along with some regular sized bells because these smaller ones usually color up earlier than the big bells. In fact, I usually get some of the baby bells starting the middle of August.
Obviously, not this year.
To say I was a happy camper is an understatement, but how could I have missed these little babies?
This is what my pepper bed looks like. You might remember this bed from last spring where I experimented with the hoops and a special plastic covering with ventilation holes. After removing the plastic in July, I left the hoops over the summer (I’m using the term very loosely) because I knew I’d put the plastic back on in the fall.
The plants are pretty healthy with lots of leaves to protect from sunscald and tons of green peppers (these may look like jalapenos, but they are the unripe baby bells like the ones we can get in the stores now). They’ve had all these green peppers for a month, at least, so I guess I thought I could just glance down and see some coloring up.
But because there are so many peppers I found I had to push the green ones to the side to see there were ripe ones in the center of the plant.
But since there are tons more large green ones (remember: they’re unripe… ALL green peppers will ripen to a color, and be sweeter!) and since our overnight lows have been just under 50 degrees (a chilly 40 one morning a week ago!), today I put the plastic back over the hoops.
And it’s not even fall yet, according to the calendar.*sigh*
So, what are you growing, cooking, or creating?