How to Grow Peppers with Raised Garden Beds and Ensure a Good Harvest

How to Grow Peppers with Raised Garden Beds and Ensure a Good Harvest

With these simple tips from a professional gardener, you can easily grow your own peppers.

How to Grow Peppers

Plant in well-drained soil and full sun

You want to make sure you help your pepper plants succeed by planting them in the right location. "Pepper plants like full sun and fertile soil with good drainage," Ker says. "Amending the soil with high-quality aged compost will increase potassium, phosphorus and calcium levels -- all of which are important to the success of peppers."

Ker says he's seen some success, giving his peppers a little wiggle room. "At Earthkeep Farmcommon in Charlotte, Vermont, we grow peppers about 18 inches apart," he said. "In a humid climate like ours, having a lot of air movement around each plant can reduce disease pressure."

Fertilizing and Watering

For best results, you should keep the soil full of nutrients by fertilizing and maintaining adequate moisture. "Pepper plants like moist soil and regular watering," Ker says. "Watering a little more at a time, but less, can help drive the roots deeper into the soil, where they can get more water and nutrients."

Apply mulch

Also, adding a layer of mulch under the peppers can help keep them from getting too thirsty between waterings. "We like to cover the soil under pepper plants to retain moisture, stabilize soil temperature, add organic matter, and control weeds," Ker says. "Oat or wheat straw are the best, but use whatever you can find."

How to prevent pepper flower tails from rotting

Flower tail rot is a common problem in peppers and tomatoes and stems from a calcium imbalance. Vegetables treated with this will not develop properly and may start looking wilted or shriveled from one end. "Sprinkling wood ash in the soil or watering your plants with eggshell tea can help correct these soil deficiencies and get your pepper plants back on track."

As you can see, growing peppers is an easy task with the right tools and expertise. This means that you may end up with a decent amount of bounties at the end of the season. If that's the case, Ker recommends using whatever method you like to preserve the ones you don't eat right away -- making hot sauce and pickles are fan favorites. You're only limited by your imagination (and how many calories you can handle).

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