Okay everyone, forgive me if this fails miserable; but, I had a moment to sit down on my laptop and sketch on my pictures to determine the best garden plot for my peppers coming up this season.
This first plot, is on the "lower" section of my property. It is actually part of my front yard, but since the front of my home faces away from where the sun rises there is a chance it could miss early hours of morning sun. I've been told the soil is probably not the greatest in this location, though I know it's been prime real estate for geese over the past few years (I've lived in this neighborhood a lot time). So, I'm thinking it might be decent with geese crap over the years - though that could not be good for plants. Not sure.
It is important to keep in mind I plan on borrowing a rototiller and working the soil good, adding compost and lime at the very least. In BOTH locations.
Then covering 100% cardboard; due to it molding to the earth as well as promoting earthworms working the soil under the cardboard, as well as the obvious water retention and weed block.
Then covering with hay, possibly some soiled (hay+manure), over top the cardboard.
So, plot 1 (pictures) BTW, don't mind that nasty old barrel in the yard I'm trying to get it taken to the dump.
1. PLENTY of space, I didn't take exact measurements of anything, but it takes about an hour to mow with a self propelled mower that has about a 4 foot deck or so. Again, maybe not exact, but It's a massive mower.
1. Lower in elevation, could miss out early hours of morning sun
2. I've been told the soil is not the best in this spot.
2a. Call this one an extension to #2, if the soil is not ideal, I would need to bring in some better soil to amend the current. So, $$$$.
Secondly, don't mind the old windows and the metal pieces laying around - I recently had mine replaced during my remodel so bare with the mess. Anyways;
This plot, although I haven't measured exactly, is in all likeliness is 20ft x 50-60ft probably. Though it is on a slope, so a very gradual decline from the back of the garage towards the lake. Maybe a 2-3 foot drop from the garage to the very end of the yard, then it drops pretty much straight down to the lake about 8 feet below or so. I do know, that the previous owner, grew plants right up against the back of the garage, including peppers, which I guess grew pretty nicely.
So, (second plot)
1. Higher elevation, gets basically direct sunlight from sunrise to sunset.
2. History, I know in the very least that peppers will grow here.
2a. Again, call it 2a. a history of successful produce would mean I don't have to make up for poor soil conditions. Though I plan on adding something to either location - this one would be less therefor less $$$.
1. Smaller, but it might be enough to grow the large amounts I was planning on growing (at least 30 peppers?).
2. Part of the reason I purchased this home was the view from the house, I don't want anything getting in the way of that. Now I love looking at my plants, but I don't want them being an eyesore.
Anyways that's all I can think of for now. I do plan on keeping a few varieties on the back deck in smart pots; just the choice ones I want to baby and take extra care of. Mainly TBG and my cross idea, and other varieties that I don't have many seeds of so I can stock up and slim the risk of losing the variety entirely.
Would love some thoughts, hopefully the pictures work and all that. I did my best to give you all the lay of the land. Even drew up this nice picture on paint for you to get a better idea. If it helps to think of it this way, the 2nd plot is on the "main level" of the house, and the 1st plot is on the "basement level" towards the front of the house.