(Zone 7, Memphis, TN)
A friend and I are starting an organic community garden in a nearby neighborhood and are currently building up the soil and laying out plots for next spring.
This season, I grew several varieties of peppers in my home garden, and would like to donate them when we start planting out there.
But first, they have to survive the winter.
Never overwintered crops before. These are fully matured peppers, 3-4 feet high 2-3 feet wide. I figure there are two routes to go, here: either mulch the crap out of them, perhaps put up some cold frames (never done that either) and hope the roots will survive the frost, or transplant them to (very large) pots and bring them inside.
What should I do?
Edit: They're in raised beds, which I've read are automatically a few degrees warmer, and there's room for a good foot, foot-and-a-half of mulching (leaves, wood shavings, etc). After exploring the site, my gut right now is to harvest all the peppers before the first frost, trim the plants back to their main stems, mulch hard and throw up some cold frames. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it worth all the effort?