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Learn how to grow hot peppers in your home garden!
Or learn how to grow red, green, and yellow bell peppers in your home or container garden. Growing chili, banana, cayenne or any other pepper variety is quite easy even in a beginner vegetable garden!
A garden full of growing peppers can be a vibrant display of reds, yellows, and greens.
Peppers not only add a delightful flavor to many dishes such as stir fry but also add an enticing rainbow of color to all your tasty recipes.
If you are unsure which type to grow, plant a colorful variety!
Peppers are very easy to grow in your home vegetable garden, container garden, or raised vegetable garden.
They can be grown by starting seeds, or by purchasing small plants at your local garden store.
A word from experienced gardeners is not to plant peppers where you previously grew potatoes, eggplants, or tomatoes. These plants are all prone to the same soil borne diseases. Peppers are natives of the tropics and require full sun to thrive. They do not like frost, or freezing weather.
Recommended sweet varieties of growing peppers are Yolo Wonder, Big Bertha, and Sweet Banana peppers. Hot varieties include Jalapeno, Mexi Bell Hybrid, and Super Chili Hybrid.
Start seed indoors eight weeks before you want to set your pepper plants outdoors. Or you can purchase small pepper plants from your local garden center in the late spring when gardening plants and supplies appear. Transplant into your garden a month past the last frost, after the soil temperature reaches at least 65 degrees.
If you have extra peppers at harvest time, you can slice them, blanch them, and put them in the freezer.
Spacing growing peppers between rows should be 20-36 inches. Space between plants needs to be 12-24 inches, with seeds planted at a soil depth of ½ inch.
Growing peppers like a well-aerated bed whether it is in-ground, a container garden, or a raised bed vegetable garden.
Turn soil to one foot deep for in-ground gardens and improve the soil with twenty pounds of compost per each hundred feet.
Use a good quality garden or potting soil for a container or raised bed garden.
Pepper plant branches are brittle and break easily, so it is good advice to stake tall plants. At harvest time, snap or clip with shears, firm ripe peppers from plants as needed. If left on the plant until fully mature, peppers often become larger and turn red. Plants may grow and produce for several seasons in warmer climates.
You can grow peppers in an organic vegetable garden. Use organic seeds or plants, and fertilize or enrich your soil with organic fertilizer such as compost, or well-aged manure.
Question about growing peppers...Our pepper foliage is covered with brown oval spots. The leaves gradually drop and the plants look bare. Will the plants ever produce peppers?
Warm, humid weather encourages leaf spots. Your plants are infected with a fungal disease called frogeye leaf spot. The disease spreads quickly among the plants. When major leaf loss occurs, the plants will not be productive and often decline totally.
Fight frogeye leaf spot with maneb or a copper fungicide. Make sure the leaves are covered completely with the fungicide in order to protect all the unaffected foliage.
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