Friday, March 14, 2014

Sweet Green Bell Peppers

A few more days and spring is officially here.  Does that mean that there won't be any more frosts and freezes for north east Florida?  Yes! Yes!  But the weatherman is still talking cold weather.  Let's be optimistic and hope for warmer weather.

The home improvement centers have their shelves loaded with vegetables and herbal plants along with trees, bushes, and colorful flowers.  At my last visit, I bought four succulent green Bell pepper plants that I have already planted.

For the sweet Bell peppers, I prepared an area in the garden by adding compost and turning the soil, smoothed it out with a rake, and dug four deep holes for the peppers.  The designated area for the peppers receives full sun most of the day.

According to the directions for the peppers, I was supposed to plant the peppers 18 to 24 inches apart to give them plenty of room to grow.  Once established, these Bell peppers are known to be heavy producers growing long into the fall and may even survive the winter.

I put a PVC ring around one of the small pepper plants to ward off cutworms.  Any ring around the plant will stop the cutworms from reaching the slim stems and biting/gnawing them off.

I gave the peppers a good hand watering and when the peppers start taking off, I plan to give them 6-6-6 regular garden fertilizer.  The estimated time to maturity is 75 days from planting time.

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  1. Ahhhhh! I needed this reminder that the snow will melt...someday...eventually....

  2. and the sun will shine. How sweet of you to comment. Thank you.