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In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid?
This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Peppers should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a quick cheat sheet like this, so hopefully you’ll find it useful too!
Peppers are another favorite vegetable of mine. Mainly because they’re so easy and low maintenance to grow. As long as you set them up with the right water and sunlight, you can pretty much forget about them.
I mainly grow jalapenos, but last year I had great luck with a habanero plant my mother in law gave me. It was HUGE. Here’s a pic of my gardener in training last year, helping me harvest:
These habaneros I turned into a fermented hot sauce following Daddy Kirb’s recipe that my family RAVED about.
The jalapenos I grow, I add to salsas and cocktail de cameron, but usually have so much left over that I pickle them and give them away as gifts. I’ll have to write a post soon about how I pickle and can jalapenos.
Overall, peppers are a great, easy vegetable to start with.
Check out Seeds for Generations for peppers seeds.
Growing peppers this year? Here’s what you need to know:
1-2 inches per week
Can be started indoors, but transplant after the last frost
Basil, Carrots, Onions, Lettuce, Beets, Tomatoes, Garlic
Avoid Planting With
Broccoli, Cabbage, Beans, Fennel
Low maintenance. Water and weed. Each pepper plant will need some sort of support: a cage or trellis.
Sweet pepper varieties will mature between 60-90 days. Hot varieties can take up to 150 days.
Saving The Seeds
Allow a few peppers to stay on the vine until they begin to wrinkle. Take them off, harvest the seeds and allow them to dry.