Originally Posted by BobBrisket
One thing I've learned about maters is that for me they do best when they don't get FULL sun especially at the height of the summer. I plant them in the backyard so they get most of the early morning and afternoon sun, but not much of the evening.
As for peppers, they can tolerate full sun. You can either prepare a large area of soil, or you can prepare just the hole for each plant. Remove the soil where the plant will go, mix some of the soil with fertilizer, potting soil and then use that new soil to back fill.
I like to start from seeds with most everything. But you could start off with seedlings too.
In el Paso; yeah they can get too much sun. Here in STL last summer was especially brutal. My tomatoes basically went dormant till September. Pepper crop really sucked too. However my tomatillo' s went into overdrive. I think I canned about 60 quarts.