Both hot and sweet peppers demand a rich soil.
They are quite sensitive to cold. Do not set plants earlier than a week to 10 days after last frost date.
Set in rows 3 to 3 1/2 feet wide and 18 to 24 inches apart in the row.
Sow seed in boxes or hotbeds four to six weeks before time to set, transplanting once to obtain stocky plants, or buy plants from commercial growers or seed houses.
Two dozen plants of the sweet and a half-dozen of the hot will produce all an average family will need.
Long Red Cayenne and Tabasco are varieties generally planted for hot pods.
By not letting any pods ripen on plants, you will continue to get peppers until frost.
Any pods that are two-thirds or more grown just before first frost comes should be picked and stored in a cool, dry place. This will give green peppers for several weeks.