We planted our pepper starts a month ago but many of them haven’t grown. We had been puzzling over this for a couple weeks. They show almost continuous signs of water stress, yet they get plenty of water. Some of the plants have grown a couple feet, and others are no bigger than their marker stake.
Finally, we pulled back the paper weed block and found signs of rodent damage everywhere. Some of the most stressed plants have a rodent hole right against their stem, and the whole bed is lofted with tunnels. (Rodents seem to ping-pong down beds with moisture when you use point watering.) I don’t think we are going to get the harvest we were hoping for even though most of the tiny plants have managed to set peppers. The picture below shows two peppers of the same variety, both planted at the same time.
Lee here. – I want to thank Sidney for leaving her toy wheel barrel near my corn plot. It’s great for the sense of scale. 🙂