Friday, August 13, 2010

Peppers Ready For The Final Picking

When I picked my Giant Marconi peppers last time, I thought that would be it for them due to the heat. We had over two weeks of high 90's and then three days in a row of over 100 degrees. Surprisingly, it wasn't the last picking. They came back with the pretty white flowers and produced ten more peppers for us. This will be the last picking because I'm pulling the plants up to make room for the next crop of vegetables to go in. The three giant Marconi plants gave us 41 peppers.

The banana peppers were also ready for the final picking this year. They have done very well for us. From only three plants, we picked 246 banana peppers at just over 15 pounds total. So, for the sake of planning, I can figure on five pounds of peppers per plant, or around 80 peppers per plant.

All our vegetables and fruits are 100% organically grown. Everyone can do it. You just have to make up your mind that this is the way you will grow the vegetables for your family to eat.

Even if you don't do it organically from the start, think about growing a few cool weather vegetables. There's broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beets and collards just to name a few. Collards are the simplest to grow. Just put a small plant in dirt and that's it! They'll grow! Soon, nurseries and feed-n-seed stores will be having cool weather plants out for sale. You may not want to start with a bundle of collards that contains at least 50 plants, but they usually have those plastic pots of three plants for about $1.25. Start with one of those if you choose to. Whatever cool weather vegetable you plant, make sure it is in a sunny location, and that you space the plants according to the data on the little plastic info stake that comes with the plants.

Happy gardening!

Veggie PAK

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