Despite the fact that peppers are usually considered a summer crop, I've noticed that, in my garden, the peppers are much happier in the Fall. I got some decent harvests from a few of my plants this summer. But, now that the days are shorter and the nights cooler, most of my pepper plants are blooming like crazy and covered in baby fruit.
It's nice to have something to harvest from the garden this time of year, since the winter crops are still young and several weeks--or months--from harvest. The plant above is an heirloom variety called Lemon Drop. The seeds are actually from 2008, but I decided to try them again this year since I got zero peppers of this variety last year. Happily, my one Lemon Drop plant has grown exceptionally hearty over the last month and is now producing like crazy. I can't wait to taste the fruit when they're ripe.
I've also got several Wenk's Yellow Hot and Maule's Red Hot plants thriving in various pots. If the Fall and Winter continue to be mild, I should be able to get at least one big harvest out of all my pepper plants before Christmas.