Well, from what I've read anyway, people say don't bother trying to grow peppers or melons here because it doesn't get hot enough for them to ripen. None of the folks around here grow them. I tried bell peppers twice, and both times failed. Such a bummer too--I love homegrown bell peppers! I might give them one more go next year and see what comes of it. Part of the problem, I think, other than the temperature issue, is that we get so much rain here (Western Washington). Both times I tried peppers, they died of too much water.