Last year I was so disgusted and disgruntled because I had very few pepper plants that survived the hungry rabbits. 😡 (which is why we have the two new kitties this year) . Last year out of desperation to hopefully give some pepper plants a fighting chance this year, I planted some seedlings in large pots. Over the winter I managed to keep them alive. To my surprise, several of them grew pretty well. So well in fact that some of them were beginning to get root bound.
A few days ago I was able to finally put them in the ground. They should be big enough that no critters will bother them and thwart their production. 🙏🤞🙏🤞 I'll be sure to keep you posted on how well they do. I told a fellow farmer friend of mine about how I had "overwintered" pepper plants. She thought it was pretty funny. She laughed and said, "I have never heard of doing that!" My thought was, if it works......this might become the new standard. 😉
Of course, I also have some new small pepper seedlings that I am planting along with all of the other vegetable seedlings. The new kitties are still being held in their pin. They have about 10 or 11 days left before they are fully acclimated to their new environment and begin their new job of patrolling for rodents and critters.🐱 Hopefully the new seedlings survive until then. 🤞🙏 Wish them luck!