Peter Piper Picked A Pepper

Something to think about: The U.S. tax code contains 4,000,000 that right 4 million words.
The us tax code has changed 4,600 time in the past 12 years.
Crap, that’s 7 changes to the tax code every week for the past 12 years.
I’ll bet there’s not on person in the IRS that knows and understands The American Tax Code(law/regulations).

Growing peppers

It’s all about soil temperature.

The hardest thing about growing peppers is to get your pepper seed to germinate. Optimum soil temperature for ‘most’ pepper seed germination is 85 degrees Fahrenheit. At the optimum temperature, pepper seeds germinate and sprout in 7 to 10 days.

Sweet pepper types like bell pepper will germinate well at temperatures as low as 70 or 75 degrees.
Hot and Very hot pepper varies do best at soil temperatures as high as 95 degrees and may take as long as 21 or more days to germinate if planted in cool soils.

Peppers will grow in almost any soil, but, they seem to do best in heaver well drained soils. If your soil is a heavy clay type incorporate large quantities of compost or other other organic matter before planting. Peppers require at least 6 hours of full sun, if in hot dry areas after noon shade may be helpful.

In many cases it will be better to buy seedling that are 3 or 4 inches tall rather than starting your own from seed.
A family of 4 will generally need 4 hot pepper plants and abou 8 sweet(mild) pepper plants.
Plant new seedlings about 18 to 24 inches apart to allow for good air flow around your plants.
Hint Do Not allow your pepper plants to become dry stressed.

Fertilizing your peppers. Sprinkle about 1 table spoon of NPK 10-20-10 or 5-10-5 fertilizer around each plant at 2 or 3 week intervals.

Harvest your peppers at any size. Hot peppers will get hotter the longer they are allowed to mature on the plant before harvesting.
For best quality, eat or pickle your harvest within 3 days.

Control insect pest:
Flea beetle, Sevin dust or spray.
Leaf miner, Dacsure or Disureigsure
Aphids, Diazinon

Hint: Follow application directions carefully.

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4 responses to “Peter Piper Picked A Pepper

  1. My soil never gets to even 70 degrees (summer air temperatures rarely get above 75) so if I want peppers then I usually have to buy little seedlings – at least that way I can get a few before the season ends. They’re just fantastic food!

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  2. I tried growing my peppers last year in containers with flowers around them. They didn’t produce as well as when I plant direct in the ground. Going to do both this year and see if I have better luck after re-working the soil in the pots!

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    • Grin … I don’t have the answer, but, did the flowers compete for nutrients, moisture or pollinators(bees)? Did the flowers shade peppers from need sunshine?

      I would like to know how your experiment works out.
      Happy pepper gardening

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