Peppers, whether they are red, green, yellow, purple or even sweet to hot all can not only add a spectacular sight to your vegetable garden, but are also an excellent crop that can be incorporated into your edible landscape. They are a crop that has been the second choice to be planted by many home gardeners to the tomato.
More and more gardeners are planting peppers in there home gardens do to the large varieties that can be chosen for there shapes, colors and taste. They are an easy crop to grow and don't take up a lot of room and can be grown anywhere from the garden, containers, raised beds and even window boxes.
Peppers like a soil that is amended with plenty of organic matter and with nutrients that are slightly high in nitrogen along with phosphorous. They are a crop that will thrive under these conditions along with an area that receives full sun throughout the day.
Temperature is a factor that needs to be kept in mind when planting peppers. Wait until the night time temperatures stay above 50 degrees Fahrenheit before you plant your crop outdoors. They are not a crop that takes to the cold. Starting your crop outdoors to early can shock the plant and hurt your crops productivity.
Relatively a pest free crop helps to make it one of the favorite crops to be grown by the home gardener. Protect the stems from cutworms by the use of paper collars and keep the area debris free will prevent pests like the pepper weevil from making there home in your garden. Most pests can be controlled by hand picking from the plant.
When planting peppers they should be placed at a distance of 1 1/2 foot apart and in rows spaced 2 feet apart, in an area of full sun and protected from the wind. Water deeply once you have finished planting and mulch with a layer of straw to help keep the soil moist along with suppressing weeds. A good fertile soil is the key to having a productive pepper crop. If there are signs of pale leaves or slow growth you can give them a feeding of compost or manure tea to help them along.
Harvesting your peppers has some personal preference involved. Most peppers get sweeter when they mature, like when green peppers turn red, yellow, purple, etc. When removing the pepper from the plant you should always cut them free and not pull them, pulling can damage the plants root system.