Friday, September 9, 2016

And Now, Vince's Uncle Roberto On How To Plant Peppers

Planting peppers in your own garden is easy. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Prepare the ground with a tiller or turning fork. Work a 3- to 5-inch layer of compost or other organic matter into the soil to a depth of 8 of 10 inches. Using your trowel, dig a planting hole just deep enough to cover the root-ball of the plant. Space holes 18 inches apart for most peppers; some of the larger bells may need 24 inches.

Step 2: Drench the biodegradable pot until it turns dark brown. Gently peel off the bottom of the pot so that the roots will be in direct contact with the soil.

Step 3: Set the plant in the hole so that the top of the root-ball is level with the ground surface. Do not plant deeply like tomatoes, or the plants may rot. Make sure to bury the top rim of the pot so that there is nothing to stick up above the ground after planting.

Step 4: Sprinkle plant food around the plant and in the soil that will go back into the hole. Whichever fertilizer you choose, be sure to follow label directions.

Step 5: Backfill the hole. When you are done, gently pat the soil around the roots to avoid air pockets, and water thoroughly. This is very important to help settle the soil and start the plant. If desired, add plant food to the water to give your plants a boost.

Step 6: Mulch with pine needles, straw, or compost to help keep moisture in the soil and prevent weeds.

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