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Peppers are easy to grow in self watering containers and come in a variety of shapes and colours. Peppers produce a plentiful harvest and are relatively disease and pest free.
How Do I Grow Peppers?
Grow your peppers indoors then transplant them into your gardens. A good time to start your peppers is about 7 weeks before the last frost, so they can be well established when it comes time to transplant. Use a seedling tray and plant one seed per cell, about 1/4" deep. Keep them at room temperature until they sprout. Your pepper seeds will sprout in 10-15 days, and once they do move them to a spot where they will get full sun.
Once nighttime temperatures are reliably 10C, you can transplant your peppers into the garden. You can pre warm the soil with black plastic to help make the soil warmer faster. Make sure to keep your container’s reservoir topped up as peppers need the water, especially during dry spells.
Or if you'd prefer a quicker start look for transplants at your local nursery.
Avoid beans, Brassicas, or fennel
1 cup red pepper: Vitamin A (93%), Vitamin C (317%), Vitamin E (12%), Vitamin B6 (22%), Folate (17%), Fibre (13%), Potassium (9%), Manganese (8%)
Sweet peppers can be harvested at almost any stage of their development, if you want green peppers, begin to harvest right away. If you prefer yellow or red peppers, then wait a little longer for your peppers to turn your preferred colour.
Stems on your peppers can break easily so be careful when you’re harvesting them. Be sure to keep 1 inch of stem on your pepper for a longer storage period.
If you are harvesting hot peppers, wait for them to turn their full colour, usually red. Depending how hot the pepper is, you may want to wear gloves when you harvest, especially if the pepper has been damaged in any way that causes it to leech juices. Be careful not to rub your eyes before washing your hands!
Preparing and using
Enjoy your sweet peppers either raw or cooked. Sweet peppers are high vitamins and very versatile! If you like spicy food, hot peppers will be your best friend! They are prolific once they get growing, plus there are literally hundreds of varieties to choose from, experiment to find ones that suit you. Have a surplus of hot peppers? Try drying them and storing them to use throughout the year!
Helpful Tips and Tricks
If you want to try growing hotter or unique varieties, look in your local seed catalogs. Try picking your peppers when they are green at the beginning of the season to encourage more growth later on.