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Will my peppers yield again?

 
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I cut down the sweet peppers in the garden because I was getting tired of seeing them fry in the hot sun. We ate exactly one of the numerous peppers, because they all turned black and leathery in the intense sun. This was from the initial crop planted by "helpful" individuals when I first had the garden fenced in and so they tilled it and planted what they thought was best (I would have chosen more diversity). So I had a garden of melons, peppers, and papaya (market crops).

I pulled out some of the peppers, but then cut the rest down to the ground to keep the roots working. Now they are vigorously coming back and looking great. And the rains have started, so that's helping.

I'm curious if they'll yield again, or if I should pull them or mulch over them? I use peppers regularly and wouldn't mind having some fresh ones in the garden.
 
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Peppers are perennial!   I have some hot peppers - Bird Pepper/Chili Pequin - that grow back each year even though I'm not in the tropics.   They like to grow in the shade here.
 
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Good to hear! Looks like cutting them down might have revived them. I have some moringa coming up that should give a bit of filtering to the sun. I made the mistake of following the groundskeeper (for the university) who advised me to put the garden in the sunniest part of the yard (I wanted to wrap it around to get maximum morning sun and shade in the afternoon). And he trenched it which basically exposes all the ground to the hot sun and wind, killing anything that WAS in the soil, good and bad. And they planted with what they felt was best, I assume they figured it would be an opportunity to make some extra money at market. Haiti is weird. Haha. Gotta love cultural differences, though they can make you crazy too.

So now I've taken control and told everyone to stay out of my garden. They all think I'm nuts with the cardboard and worms and flat, wide beds and mulch . . . Ha
 
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