The plant including root ball was layin on ground. It appeared to have been pushed out of the ground rather than pulled up. Any ideas?
It could be gophers, or any other burrowing animal!
I've tried twice now in a 3' x 54' container garden but they never gew bigger than a gold ball and were green in color
To get the red color, you have to leave them on the vine till they change from green to red. I'm wondering if they would do better in a smaller container. If your container is not full of other veggies, the peppers may be getting too much water.
They need sun, fertilizer, and moist soil. Here is how to grow them:
Added dolomite as directed to potting mix and used organic 3-5-5 fertilizer from garden patch grow box supply. Plants look great but peppers developed end rot. Picture attached.
If you have added dolomite as directed, then I would not add epsom salts, or if you do then add very very little. Dolomitic lime takes some time to break down, but will contain the calcium AND magnesium necessary for proper uptake.
Make sure to test your soil periodically. These results will help you to keep your soil amended.
What is likely ruining my bell peppers and how can I prevent it? North Texas area.
Unfortunately, this is likely a number of causes, together. Blossom End Rot and insect problems come to mind first. Sunscald could be likely as well.
This looks like a bacterial infection! Usually, this is due to soils that do not have an opportunity to dry out between waterings. a fungicide will be necessary.