Growing Peppers In Your Vegetable Garden
You’re starting your vegetable garden for the summer and you know you want to plant peppers. Peppers are extremely fun to grow in a vegetable garden since there are dizzying arrays of them to choose from; with a variety of colors and flavors from sweet to the hottest hot. The first step in growing peppers is growing seedlings. Most people like to grow pepper seedlings indoors to ensure that they start out life as robust plants. If you start seedlings inside, grow them in a greenhouse or in a very warm area of your house with good air circulation and lots of bright light. You can also purchase seedlings. In either case, seedlings should be planted around three weeks after the last frost, and you should acclimate them by keeping them outdoors in pots for a few days before planting them.
Plant peppers with plenty of space in a sheltered area of the vegetable garden with lots of light and a gentle breeze. Peppers often do best in raised beds, which drain well. You may want to consider covering the soil with mulch to keep the roots cool, and use fish emulsion or a slow-release fertilizer to keep the peppers well fed. Water in the morning, and try to avoid splashing the leaves. If you spot signs of pests, wash the pepper plants gently with a mild soap and water solution. It can take a few months for peppers to flower and set fruit, so don’t get impatient!