Jim Perry packs a peck of peppers into his small St. Paul garden—12 varieties, 32 plants in 40 square feet in 2016. Steve Marier grows more than 650 plants each year for his own use, in many gardens and in pots lining his long, sunny driveway in Hugo, Minn. Steve has also become “The Source” for pepper lovers in Minnesota and beyond, selling thousands of pepper plants from his greenhouse and giving talks on growing and eating peppers.

If you are a lover of peppers—especially the hot ones—Jim and Steve have a lot to share.