Originally Posted by wimpy69
No disrespect but that soil may be to heavy for peppers. How's the drainage? Your bed really is considered a container planting and should be light. Almost a potting mix consistency with good drainage. Top soil will compact quick and stay to wet. Peppers don't like wet feet.
None taking, and I appreciate the feedback, the drainage is more than adequate, been raining for two weeks and predicted another week of rain, everything is growing but extremely slowly, still haven't had more than two days in a row above 50°.
I wouldn't consider the Hugelkultur Beds Container Planting, the entire bed 16' x 15" has only three bags of topsoil. The top soil was added so the plants had something to hold them in place, under that is 4 bags of composted manure, 2 bags of Shredded Mulch, garden soil, twigs, sticks, logs. The next few seasons it will be top dressed with a cover crop in the fall and then a few bags of composted manure in early spring before planting, well at least until the bed is where I want it...maybe three seasons.
And I learned a long time ago, do all the research you can, ask for advice, experiment, but in the end, do what works for you. I have also grown Bells, Jalapenos, and other peps in fairly hard clay soil for many years.
A far as peppers not liking wet feet, I don't believe that for a second, well not in my case anyway.
Here is a post from my website from last season, these peppers are in a clay soil, dug from the garden and sitting in two inches of water the entire growing season.
June 22nd, 2015 - I am telling you...I can't be happier with these 6 pepper plants, all are producing flowers and fruit like there's no tomorrow.
The plant far left has one section where there are a cluster of five peppers, I am totally Impressed. Next year I will be using the last slot (currently a calla-lily) for another variety of pepper. The calla-lily will be transplanted to the front.
Almost every website discussing peppers always state the same thing,"Pepper plants do not like their feet wet", I call bullshit on this. These plants have been in moist soil since they were transplanted on May 2nd.
July 6th, 2015
July 13th, 2015