Looking for a guide on how to grow peppers with big and shiny bell peppers? Then I've got just what you need to prove experienced growers' claim that growing peppers are fun and simple. In fact, even a gardening beginner like you can grow some great peppers too. So take advantage of the late summer–perfect timing!–and transplant your seedlings into larger containers today! And if you're more into the mild and sweet kind like I am, it's time to grow those sweet and juicy bell peppers right in the comfort of your own garden. Here's how.
How To Grow Peppers Ideal For Late Summer Gardening
You can grow bell peppers even with seeds from fresh fruits you bought from the market. Trust me, I'm growing mine from organic bell pepper seeds I saved from my last harvest.
Bell Peppers are a staple food at home; my kids love mixing some with their egg omelet with cheese. They think it tastes like pizza. So I need to have a steady supply of fresh bell peppers when they like it green.
Now for beginners, you can try to grow just a few in containers. So read this simple guide on how to grow peppers in containers to change the way you do your gardening.
Step 1. Preparing Containers
Bell peppers do well either planted directly on the ground or in containers. What makes growing in containers great is you can move them indoors easily, especially when the temperature rises.
You can choose containers made of plastic, metal, clay, ceramic, or wood. Or better, you can even recycle. However, it's highly advised to pick larger ones, as bell peppers can have large roots. A 2-gallon or 16-inch deep container is ideal for growing at least two bell peppers in.
Just remember, bell peppers need to be planted in well-draining soil, so make sure your containers have several holes drilled in them.
Step 2. Preparing Soil And Seedlings
You can grow your seedlings in peat or biodegradable planters, but you can make DIY seedling planters to lessen your expenses.
Starting your seeds with a DIY indoors grow lights is also a good idea to boost seed growth. If you have started more than one seed in a planter, choose only the best seedling. You can snip off the rest of the seedling in the planter when they have grown two sets of leaves.
You can use seed starting soil mix, but as long as your soil is well-draining, you can just amend it with organic compost. Use well-draining soil with compost as well, to fill the container you'll use to plant pepper seedlings in.
Step 3. Transplanting And Mulching
Your bell pepper seedlings are ready to transplant when they're three to four weeks old, or when the roots have filled the planter.
Dig a hole the same height as the planter, then take out the pepper seedling. You can directly place a biodegradable planter into the hole. It would be a great idea to stick some stakes in the container as added support for your growing plant.
Next, lay over some mulch of straw or dried leaves to keep your plant moisturized, and to prevent weeds from growing around your plant.
Step 4. Watering And Fertilizing
Bell peppers are heavy feeders, so aside from growing them in organic compost, organic fertilizers like seaweeds and fish fertilizer will do them a lot of good.
Mix 2 tablespoons each of seaweed and fish fertilizer in a watering can after transplanting the seedling. You can re-apply this mixture every three weeks. Or you can also use a homemade organic fertilizer and apply it just the same.
Now, bell peppers are thirsty plants though they like the full sun, so a drip irrigation can be helpful. But you can just use a watering can to water them regularly. At least one in the morning and again in the afternoon.
Step 5. Harvest And Storage
Your bell peppers will be ready for harvest in three to six weeks from flowering. You can also find out by checking if they already look shiny and nice.
And although bell peppers are most nutritious when ripe and red, your dish will look nice and colorful with red and green bell peppers. Use a snipping tool or some pruning shears for picking your fruit. Yanking a fruit from the plant may damage the crop. You wouldn't want that, especially if they can still bear some more.
Bell Peppers can be preserved too, either canned or frozen.
Watch how to grow peppers in containers in this video from Grandmothers Garden:
It's no secret that fresh homegrown vegetables taste great, and bell peppers are no exception. Knowing how to grow peppers by yourself will ensure you only have the best bell peppers for whatever dish you'll prepare. So for your salsa and homemade pizzas? Your own homemade bell peppers will be perfect!
Ready to try this? Download this FREE printable and keep track of your plants easily.
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