Doe Hill Pepper

Certified Organic

Capsicum annuum

Sweetness, pizazz and a whole lot of peppers.

Doe Hill is one of our favorites. It has all the sweetness and pizazz of other golden bell varieties without the finickiness or the long waits. It yields huge quantities of small, thick-walled peppers on each plant, which is relatively compact, growing to about three feet in height. The flavor of the fruit is an excellent blend of sweet and tangy; it is excellent chopped up in salads, stuffed with fresh veggies and dressing on a crudité platter, or sautéed in olive oil and thrown on pasta. An ideal sweet pepper for short seasons.

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Pepper seed requires heat to germinate; it just won't do much in cool soil. So the first trick is to find a spot that is steadily warm; usinag a heat mat is ideal, but above the fridge may work, as might a spot near the woodstove. Sow pepper seeds at least 6-8 weeks before your last frost date; they mature later in the season than tomatoes, and to get a good crop of ripe peppers requires an early start. (If you prefer green peppers, you've got more flexibility.) Sow peppers about a quarter-inch deep in soil blocks or plug trays. Give them a good ten to fourteen days to germinate before thinking of giving up on them. Once up, peppers grow quite slowly when young and, again, require warmth to grow quickly. Peppers should not be transplanted until the weather is settled, usually about two weeks after tomatoes go in. Space them about 18" apart. Row cover provides a warm microclimate for quicker growth. Although most pepper plants stay much smaller than tomato vines, their stems are weak and, when loaded with fruit, they tend to blow over in late summer storms. They can easily be staked to prevent this.

Days to Germination 7 to 14 days
Days to Maturity 60 days from transplant
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 18 inches
Spacing Between Rows 24-36 inches
Height at Maturity 18 inches
Sun Preference Full Sun

Susan Estelle Kwas is an illustrator whose personal work exists somewhere between contemporary painting and illustration. In her vibrant watercolor painting, she balances elements of whimsy and fact with elements of this sweet little pepper's origin in Virginia.

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