Picking a peck

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sweet Heat.

For the Edible Garden festival last April, I have a little stand-up talk about what vegetables to plant during the summer. As a prop, I bought a little pepper plant at Publix for $3.95 because hot peppers can really take our heat. It was called Sweet Heat and it was a sweet-to-spicy pepper that was developed by Burpee. After the talk, I took it home and planted it. It has produced peppers all summer long, as many as 25 at a time, and it still is loaded. It got whitefly at one point, and so we sprayed it with soapy water. The insects never did go away completely, but that hasn’t stopped Sweet Heat. The little peppers are about 3 or 4 inches long. If it quits producing after this harvest, it still will be the best producing pepper I’ve ever seen.