Wednesday, May 27, 2009

pepper care!

from the "all new encyclopedia of organic gardening"

-space at least 2 feet apart
-stake if plot is exposed to winds (stake BEFORE transplanting to avoid damaging roots)
-protect young plants with hotcaps if it gets chilly/rainy (homemade hotcaps can be made from big plastic bottles with the bottom cut out, placed over top of the plant, and pushed into the ground)

cultivating care
-spread a thick but light mulch (straw or grass clippings) around plants to encourage evenly moist soil
-water deeply during dry spells (lack of water produces bitter tasting peppers)
-fertilizing usually isn't necessary, but if leaves are pale or growth is slow, feed with manure tea

post by emma

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