Boy, thanks to seeds from Critterologist I'm gonna have a great bunch of sweet peppers this year.
In this picture, tomatoes in cages are in the left row, tomatillos then bush beans are in the second row, and the row on the right is all sweet peppers. The short plants in the middle of the pepper row are Carmen, which make smaller plants than the others, Bounty and Gypsy.
I've always had some trouble growing peppers in previous years, which I thought was caused by pepper mild mottle virus in the soil. No trouble this year - either these varieties are resistant or I was wrong and I don't have the virus. We've had over 50 inches of rain this season - I'm wondering if maybe peppers just do better with ridiculous amounts of water that I've never given them before.
I had a lot of problems with pepper plants this year. I started mine about 3/5 using critter's instructions. Had both poor germination and then almost killed off the ones I got trying to get rid of aphids. I didn't plant them outside until 4/28. My tomatoes are going gangbusters (planted out 4/16-22) but the peppers are small. Some of the hot ones have set fruit and the sweet pickles are doing very well. No other sweet ones yet. I started 10 carmen seeds and only one germinated. It died. I want to try those again next year. I also want to try gypsy since so many people here like it. We are in drought here, with watering restrictions. I've only been watering once a week. It has rained a couple times this past week. Maybe I'll water them more often and see what happens...