The Q&A Archives: Trouble with Peppers and Cucumbers

Question: I live in Salem NH< I have the hardest time growing peppers and cukes, how do I get the peppers to grow and not drop all the leaves. and the cukes only grow short/fat about 2 inches big. I can not even get the squash to grow. I have always had a beautiful garden in NJ but NH it is not...

Answer: If your garden is in full sunshine and you have amended your soil with compost or aged manure to help it drain quickly, the problem may be in the varieties that you are trying to grow. For best results, look for crops bred to do well in short seasons with cold, wet springs and extremes of temperature and moisture. Some suggestions:

Beets: Ruby Queen; Carrots: Little Finger, Danver?s Half Long, Nantes Half Long;
Cucumber: Salad Bush, Bush Pickle, Spacemaster; Eggplant: Dusky; Green Beans: Topcrop, Tendercrop, Derby; Lettuce: Green Ice, Salad Bowl, Red Sails, Black Seeded
Simpson, Buttercrunch, Oakleaf; Muskmelon: Minnesota Midget, Honey Bun Hybrid;
Parsley: Dark Moss Curled, Paramount; Pepper: Lady Bell, Gypsy, Crispy, New Ace, Bell Boy, Red Chili (hot); Pole Beans: Blue Lake, Kentucky Blue; Radishes: Champion, Comet, Sparkler, White Icicle, Early Scarlet, Globe; Spinach: American Viking, Long
Standing Bloomsdale, Melody; Summer Squash: Pic-N-Pic (yellow crookneck); Swiss chard: Fordhook Giant (white ribbed), Lucullus (green ribbed); Tomatoes:
Standard Jetstar, Celebrity, Super Bush, Patio, Cherry: Tiny Tim, Sweet Baby Girl;
Winter squash: Bush Delicata, Table Ace.

Hope you have a great harvest!

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