Green peppers are one of our favorite vegetables, thanks to their crisp, spicy flavor. Yum! Did you know, though, that you can grow them in your very own backyard? That’s right, you don’t have to rely on the grocery store anymore. All you have to do is follow our steps below:
- Green pepper seeds
- Germination mat
- Hot lamp
- Row cover
Step 1: Decide which type of green pepper you want to grow.
Green peppers come in all different varieties, so pick one that will grow well in the type of climate you live in. If you’re unsure of which kind is right for you, check the seed’s packaging for details or ask a sales associate at your local nursery.
Step 2: Plant your seeds indoors.
This should be done roughly 7 to 10 weeks before you plan on growing your green pepper plants outside. We recommend buying germination mats, since those will warm up and moisten the seeds better than your typical planter.
Step 3: Place the seeds in a warm room in your house.
If possible, it’s actually best if they’re kept under a heat lamp, so that they reach a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. This helps them grow faster. Then, when you finally pick a location, water the seeds. However, only do this when the soil is completely dry.
Step 4: With your shovel, dig a trench.
Once the plants are approximately 7 inches, place them around 18 to 24 inches apart from each other in your garden, in a spot where they’ll get plenty of sun. This should be done 2 to 3 weeks after the last spring frost.
Step 5: Taking the dirt you dug up from the trench and some compost, cover the roots of your pepper plants.
This will provide the plants with much needed nutrients, so that they grow to be strong and healthy.
Step 6: Water the pepper plants regularly.
In order for the plants to grow to their full potential, the soil should be moist and warm 24/7.
Step 7: Put your row cover over the plants.
If you live in a location where temperatures drop below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, this is a necessary step. It will keep the plants warm, so that the blooms stay protected.
Step 8: As soon as the peppers reach a length of 3 to 4 inches, pick them off.
Depending on the type of peppers you’re growing, this usually takes 50 to 70 days from the time they’re transplanted.
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