How to Start Growing Peppers?
Peppers are very popular spices, which add more taste to soups, meat, curries and other dishes. These are also useful for self-defense purposes, and can easily ward off and disable multiple attackers - humans and even animals. Rich in vitamins K, A and C, peppers can help prevent cellular damage and reduce asthma and arthritic inflammation. Find out how to grow peppers right at home.
Get high quality seeds
You should transplant nursery-laid peppers for the fastest results. It is recommended that you grow peppers from seeds only in early-spring climate when the weather is mild wintry. Peppers require slightly warmer weather to grow. Whether you want to grow peppers from transplants or seeds, you should put them in the ground only after the temperature of the soil reaches 70 ° F. Otherwise, the plants can be permanently stunted in height.
Look for a sunny spot
Next, you should choose an area that gets sunlight for at least 6 hours every day. You need to plant the seeds with at least 1 ½ - 2 feet between each of them. The seeds also require organically rich and consistently moist soil. If you mix organic compost in 3 - 5 inch layer and mix it into your planting bed, you can get both moisture and organic soil.
Loosen up the soil
You should then use a rototiller or spade in order to loosen the 6 - 8 inches of soil thoroughly. Use force to loosen up the soil.
Add the Compost
Next, you have to add the compost uniformly over the soil bed. Till or spade the loosened soil in order to allow the compost to enter the bed evenly. If you want to grow only 1 - 2 peppers, just combine 3 - 5 inches of compost into the holes where you will plant the seeds.
You should then cover the soil around the sprouted seeds or pepper transplants with black plastic. Keep the arrangement in this way for 2 - 3 weeks. This will keep the soil warm and speed up the growth of the plants. You need to cut the openings around the seedlings and plants in order to allow water to reach the soil.
Replace with organic mulch
With the approaching of the summer season, you should use chopped leaves, grass clippings or a 3 - 4 inch organic mulch layer of some other things to replace the black plastic. Adding a layer of organic mulch will help cool down the soil and preserve moisture. Both cold temperature and moisture are very essential for the growth of peppers in dry, hot summer weather and can also nurture degenerating soil.