How to Grow Green Pepper and Tomatoes

When one thinks of home gardening tips, green pepper is one of the first plants that come to mind. It can be grown indoors for culinary uses, it makes a wonderful addition to your organic garden, or if you are a little more ambitious, it can be grown as a vegetable. A home vegetable garden guide can help you understand the basics of indoor growing and how to make your little kitchen garden into something spectacular.

If you have never grown a green pepper plant before, then you may be wondering what sort of soil conditions you need to have in order for them to grow well. Well, like any crop, they need plenty of sun but not too much as well. Too much sunlight and too much water can dry out your seedlings and even kill them. In fact, too much water in the soil can drown the roots and they won’t ever get enough nutrients to grow properly.

A good idea would be to plant your green pepper plant next to a home vegetable garden so you can harvest peppers throughout the season instead of just one or two times a year. For example, if you plant the seedling in the fall and harvest tomatoes in the winter, you can put the harvested leaves on top of the tomatoes when you plant them. You can then use that leaf lettuce in the spring as filler for your salad plates and to pickle your fresh veggies. This will preserve the flavor of the green pepper plant as well as provide a source of extra protein for your family. Plus, the leaf lettuce will keep pests away from your home vegetable garden as well.

It’s important that you fertilize your plants generously right after they are planted. Fertilizing just once a year keeps your plants healthier and the insects away. Most gardeners know to fertilize the leaves as well as the flowers but many forget to fertilize the ground. So pay close attention to the fertilizer aisle at your local garden store. You may be surprised at how much fertilizer you need to add to each pot of soil for every one of your plants. And while you’re at the store, pick up some soil testing kits.

After fertilizing, you’ll want to remove the seeds from the pots and place the un-rotted seeds in a plastic bag. This will keep your plants from becoming infected with fungus or mold. Then, you’ll want to spread the compost on the remaining portions of the soil.

When your plants have produced some fruit or stopped growing completely, don’t harvest them right away. Wait for the harvest season. Some gardeners like to harvest their fruits right after the plant starts to show signs of blooming. However, this often results in a less-than-perfect crop. Instead wait until after the harvest season has come and gone, that is, about two weeks after the plants are pollinated. The pollination process has already taken place and will ensure an optimal crop for you next year.

When you do harvest your plants, be sure to wash off any bruised areas. Any signs of bugs or disease should be removed before the plants are transplanted back into their containers. This will ensure a clean, healthy harvest for you next year. Some varieties of green peppers even have a hardening ingredient added to the plant during harvest, so it will be easier to harvest and store.

Tomatoes and squash are usually the most popular types of green produce, but there are many varieties of greens that make excellent tasting and colorful vegetables. Radishes, spinach, cabbage, kale, and broccoli are just a few examples of what can be grown in your garden as vegetables. And don’t forget that you can also grow herbs such as basil and oregano as well as many fruits like apples and pears. By planting various greens in your garden you will have an assortment of healthy, delicious vegetables for you and your family to enjoy.