Peppers are one of the easiest and most fun plants to grow in a summer garden, and many plants will keep producing right up to the first frost. This planting plan includes a mix of sweet and hot peppers, with plenty of options for changing up the mix based on your taste and plant availability. The Finished Plan below shows the planted bed. Plant your peppers in cages or with trellises, spacing plants 24 inches apart.
If you want to expand your garden, place two 4 x 4 beds symmetrical on either side of a 3 to 4-foot path, wide enough for you and your tools. Try a Mediterranean Garden, Easy Summer Garden, or Salsa Garden for the second bed.
Planting the 4 x 4-foot Bed
Planting a pepper garden is easy. Take inspiration from these planting options. The plan allows for some interpretation depending on your taste. These plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be lush and full as the plants grow! Following spacing on the plant labels, adding a few more plants than we have pictured if the spacing allows.
Plant one pepper from each category, spacing pepper plants 24 inches apart:
• Bell (Big Early, Bonnie’s Green, Yellow, Red, Orange, Fajita, or Big Bertha Bell)
• Snacking (Yummy or Sweet Banana)
• Small Chili (Chile Red, Tabasco, Thai Hot, Serrano, or Cayenne)
• Cherry (Sweet Cherry, Hot Cherry, or Pimiento)
• Thin-walled (Cubanelle or Giant Marconi)
• Jalapeno (Jalapeno, Mucho Nacho, Mammoth, or TAM Mild)