It appeared as though the late blight that has wiped out my tomatoes has also infected my pepper plants, so last Thursday (September 18th), we picked all the peppers that we thought might be in danger of going bad.
There were actually a few more peppers and beans than you see in the photo, because we gave some to a friend. The peppers in the bowl are ‘yellow banana’ and the ones on the floor are of the ‘Takii’s ace’ variety. The blackberries have nearly finished producing (we picked our first blackberries on July 29th). Our pole beans, on the other hand, are still going strong.
The leaves of the pepper plants growing adjacent to the tomatoes are getting darker and starting to curl, like the leaf in the upper left in the photo below. I suspect that the holes in the leaves were caused by flea beetles.
I thought my pepper plants were immune to this disease, but apparently there is a limit to their resistance. The tomato plants are not entirely dead; some of the upper leaves appear to be unaffected and the plants are even blooming. Too bad that it is too late in the season for them to produce any ripe fruit.