If the pepper plants are unlucky that year and have to grow in one of the newer (less amended) beds, I put a bit of organic fertilizer in the planting hole at transplant. That's seems to be all they need.
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I find my peppers do best with minimal fertilizer.I put a scoop of compost in the hole at transplanting and give them a couple shots of manure tea over the growing season.They happily produce till frost kills them. In my opinion,peppers do best when slightly stressed anyway. But I mean_slightly_.I sometimes let them wilt down a little in the afternoon(not hard to do in 100* heat)I think this makes them hotter. Commercial growers will sometimes flood fields a day or two before harvest to build heat.
For sweet peppers,plenty of water is best.It builds good thick walls that give that juicy crunch.I still prefer to hold the fertilizer to a minimum.
It sounds like you had too much nitrogen in whatever you were using.It promotes lots of foliage growth,but very little fruiting.
Today I took inventory of my soon to be pepper supply. No, I didn't have a calculator in hand, nor did I need one. It looks like 2 peppers for 4 plants. That's 1/2 pepper/plant. Next season I must lay off the fertilizer.
Don't feel bad at all golddog. You've reminded me of the year I learned that...even tho peppers and tomatos are in the same family...they do NOT have the same water requirements.
My peppers would wilt so I'd water the entire garden. The major problem with that was watery tomatos. Very little flavor that year in them at all. It took me a while and some gentle and then ungentle hints from friends before I got a clue but now I know.
Peppers root systems are closer to the soil surface than maters. SO they feel the heat more.