My vegetable pick of the week: Red Mini Bell peppers.
These miniature versions of red bell peppers made gardening (and eating) fun.
I selected mini bells to add to my other pepper selections because I haven’t had good luck growing full-size bell peppers. I blame that on having a short growing season combined with fickle spring weather.
But these minis meant sweet pepper success!
I started several miniature bell pepper plants from seed and waited until mid-June to transplant them into the garden. Night-time temperatures weren’t consistently warm enough for planting earlier.
Each plant grew to about 24 inches in containers in my small-space garden and took only 60 days to start producing peppers. Each pepper was only several inches tall and wide, but the flesh was tender, sweet, and quite flavorful.
I had to resist picking the first green ones because I wanted to watch them to ripen to a bright red and then they were almost too cute to eat.
They dressed up a green salad with thin rings of pepper. Sometimes I removed the seeds and filled them with a creamy dip to serve as appetizers.
Now’s the time to order seed or put them on your garden center shopping list for spring.