Green peppers, also known as bell peppers, are a flavorful and nutritious addition to any garden. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to grow green peppers from fresh seeds:
- Choose a sunny location in your garden with well-draining soil. Green peppers prefer a soil pH between 6.0 and 6.5, so you may need to add lime to raise the pH if your soil is too acidic.
- Plant green pepper seeds indoors about eight weeks before the last frost date in your area. Fill a seed tray or pots with seed compost and water it well. Sow the seeds thinly and cover with a layer of compost or vermiculite. Keep the seed tray or pots in a warm, sunny location and water regularly to keep the soil moist.
- When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them into pots or a cold frame. If you don’t have a cold frame, you can use an old window or plastic sheeting to create a miniature greenhouse.
- Plant the green pepper seedlings in the ground about two weeks after the last frost date in your area. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball of the seedling and plant it at the same depth it was growing in the pot or cold frame. Water the seedlings thoroughly after planting.
- Green peppers can be spaced about 18 inches apart, depending on the variety. You can also plant them in a raised bed or container.
- Water the green pepper plants regularly, taking care not to overwater or allow the soil to dry out completely. Mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
- As the green pepper plants grow, they may need to be staked or supported with a trellis to keep them upright. Green pepper plants can grow to be quite tall, so be prepared to provide adequate support.
- Green peppers are ready to harvest when they are fully ripe and have reached their desired size. This usually occurs about 70 to 80 days after planting, depending on the variety. To harvest, gently twist the pepper off the vine.
Growing green peppers from fresh seeds is a simple and rewarding process that can add a flavorful and nutritious ingredient to your meals. With a little patience and attention to detail, you can have your own homegrown green peppers in no time. Happy gardening!