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Crimson
Clarksville, TN
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2002
2:45 AM

Post #39895



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Brook
Richmond, KY
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2002
3:47 AM

Post #326644

Crimson,

All bell peppers are green when not ripe. We usually harvest them at that point. When ripe, depending on variety, they turn red, yellow, or other colors. They're actually tastier at that point.

If you intend saving seed (which means you have to grow open pollinated or heirloom varieties, not hybrids), make sure you do not save seed from green peppers. The seed won't be viable until the fruit fully ripens to its final color.

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


August 14, 2002
12:04 PM

Post #326772

To add to what Brook told you regarding the bell peppers. Yes, the color is indicative of the degree of ripeness. But some pepper varieties will turn specific colors when ripe - from ivory/almost white to pink-red, all shades of orange, yellow and brown, all the way into maroon/brown (so-called "chocolate" colored.)

Look through the seed catalogs this winter and choose varieties that sound interesting to you - Pinetree is a good place to look for seed when starting out because their packets are fairly small and inexpensive (which means you can experiment with several varieties without great expense. And of course, there are the seed exchanges (SSE is the most widely-known) and the trading forums here at DG.

As far as what does well in your area, you'll find a mind-boggling array of choices. To find out what's popular locally, you can ask neighbors and friends who have been gardening a while. Or check out your farmers' Co-Op to see what varieties they sell in bulk. That will give you some hints as to what is commonly grown. But don't limit yourself to only those varieties; unless a variety is described as being particularly well-suited to the South (or a long-season variety), I'd consider it "fair game" for experimenting in your zone.
Brook
Richmond, KY
(Zone 6b)

August 14, 2002
12:39 PM

Post #326787

>But some pepper varieties will turn specific colors when ripe - from ivory/almost white to pink-red, all shades of orange, yellow and brown, all the way into maroon/brown (so-called "chocolate" colored.) <

Gosh, G-V, I really thought those would be included under "other colors." :-)

Seriously, one thing you left off your excellent list is to chat with the local extension agent. As a rule, they know more about what's right for a particular area than anybody else.

However, many of them are locked-in to the green revolution outlook. So, while what they say is right, it isn't necessarily the whole right because they tend to talk in terms of hybrids, chemicals, and stuff like that there.
lupinelover
Grove City, OH
(Zone 6a)


August 15, 2002
6:58 PM

Post #327992

Crimson, go for it! Another suggestion: right now, or at least early this fall, is the best time to prepare the ground for your new vegetable garden.

Dig it all up thoroughly, make sure to get all the weeds and grass out, add huge amounts of compost and when planting time comes in the spring (or late winter) the ground will be already prepared. I add weeks to my growing season by not having to wait to prepare my beds in the spring. Typically springs come with lots and lots of rain; it is best to not try to dig in wet soil. With the ground already ready, just pick a day when it is not actually raining, and plant your seeds!
debi_z
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2002
11:28 AM

Post #328549

go for it crimson. this is my third year gardening and my veggie garden has gotten bigger every year. :) i'm learning a lot. i'm still having a problem with summer squahs but at least all the plants didn't die like last year. but only 1 is doing well, but that is one more than last year and i've gotten some great squash from it. :) regular fertilizing has shown a great improvement in my garden. i must confess that i bought most of my plants from farmers or lowe's, but i flunked seedlings 101 this spring. :) i planted 100's of cells and i got 5 marigolds, 1 black eyed susan vine, and 9 moonflowers. (those were a great success) :) i'll certainly try again this spring.
i haven't grown the same tomatoe twice. :) i'm experimenting and so far, i haven't grown a tomatoe i didn't like. :)
happy gardening.
Brook
Richmond, KY
(Zone 6b)

August 16, 2002
12:48 PM

Post #328581

Crimson,

Why don't you tell us where you are; or at least what Zone you're in. We can probably give you more precise help if you do.

For instance, your list includes hardy, semi-hardy, and tender plants. Knowing when to plant them is a big part of success.

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


August 16, 2002
12:51 PM

Post #328583

Brook, she's in zone 4 - Madison, Wisconsin. No, I didn't peer into a crystal ball - just hold your mouse over her name :)
Brook
Richmond, KY
(Zone 6b)

August 16, 2002
3:41 PM

Post #328694

Hey, I just noticed that none of us have our locations and zones appearing automatically.

Ya know, for a trained observer I can be pretty slow at times. :-)
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2002
1:31 PM

Post #340388

Dave has fixed that now, but for a few days our locations were missing, and also maybe our zones. I had wondered what was happening but didn't ask about it.
lupinelover
Grove City, OH
(Zone 6a)


August 28, 2002
11:53 PM

Post #340919

You know, Mary, I thought something was different for a while there; I just wasn't sure if I was hallucinating LOL And not everyone has their location or zone included in their sign-on name, or even their Member Page.

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