Feng Shui by Clear Englebert

Feng Shui & the Food Garden: Red Peppers

Feng Shui & the Food Garden: Red Peppers

Garden bell peppers

Red peppers are the most appropriate vegetable I can think of for planting in your front yard. The Red Bird is the symbolic animal for the front yard, and certain small hot peppers are actually called bird peppers. The plants have a spreading habit (as opposed to a vertical habit which represents the Turtle; see my earlier post on okra for more about vertical plants in your yard). The growth habit reminds me of miniature trees, and when they are loaded with ripe peppers, they look so festive!

Bell pepper books
I love to read about vegetables, especially when I can find an entire book on a particular vegetable. Peppers appear to be a popular subject.

The bell peppers pictured above came from our garden. They’re from seeds from a pepper that Karen Falkowski, one of my dear old high school friends, gave me. They’re each about the size of my fist. The flesh is thick & sweet. I don’t know the variety, but we’ve grown them for about six years now. It’s very easy to save pepper seeds for planting.

Peppers do have a few pests—right now ours are plagued by some rats, and in the past we’ve had birds eating the fruit. Red birds need the pigment from red food to make their red feathers.

I own three books on peppers, but they mostly concern hot peppers. Bell peppers are my favorite and I could eat them every day. They’re extremely nutritious andare delicious raw or cooked. My second favorite pepper is the pimento, which is not hot, although the seeds have a mild heat. Pimentos are a true workhorse—they keep producing and producing. When we have more than we can eat, we pickle them.

Pickled pimento peppers
My husband took this photo of his process for making pickled pimento peppers. The plants produce year-round here in Hawaii, and pickles are delicious.

Article Comments

  1. Susan Levitt

    December 18, 2020 8:51 am Reply

    Dear Clear,

    Great post! Yes, the *red bird*!

    What about the old indigenous way of the Mexican Indians who planted marigolds next to their corn, beans, and squash?

    The smell of the marigolds was so strong that it kept away bugs and animals.

    Do you think the sharp harsh marigold smell would that would stop the rats?



    I googled this:


    *And Plants and herbs known to keep mice and other rodents away include:*

    * *Marigolds*. * Garlic. * *Daffodils*. * Black pepper. * Rosemary. * *Lavender*. * Onions. * tomatoes.

  2. clearenglebert

    December 18, 2020 2:53 pm Reply

    Thank you, Susan. That’s great info. We got rid of the problem rats. They’re now buried in the middle of our compost pile.

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