Organic Bell and Cubanelle Volunteer Peppers

Volunteer plants are Mother Nature’s way of thanking eco-conscious gardeners for composting. And she thanked us big time this year. We had twenty-two volunteer pepper plants spring up in a tiny bed on the side of our house…in a bed that we were preparing for Zinnias! Some plants are bell peppers, some are Cubanelle peppers, and some look like a bizarre hybrid.

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Regardless, we’re getting free veggies! We also had two volunteer cucumber plants that produced a ton, but now they’re done for.

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The peppers, however, are in full swing. What’s interesting is that this raised bed is only 8″ deep and gets five hours of morning sun per day. No matter who I talk to or what I read, this shouldn’t really happen. But it doesn’t look like these pepper plants are complaining.

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