How to Grow Bell Peppers

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Bell peppers should be planted after the last frost in an area that is free of living weeds. Find out why bell peppers are best grown 18 inches apart with help from an organic farmer in this free video on vegetable gardening and horticulture. View Video Transcript

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Jarrett Man

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Hi, I am Jarrett of Stone Soup Farm and this is how to grow bell peppers. Bell pepper, as all peppers are not frost tolerant so you're going to want to wait until the last frost in your area has passed in order to plant them outside. First, you want to start off with a well prepared seed bed like this, pretty clean of any living weeds, hopefully tilled relatively deep and plenty of compost in there. Bell pepper plants should be spaced at about eighteen inches apart for the maximum yield. So, you can take a garden trowel like this and poke holes about eighteen inches apart. You can measure it if you want, it's not super important. And, these holes should be about half an inch to an inch deep and take your packet of seeds, and put one seed in each hole. And, one seed is enough to make one plant. There's a lot of different types of bell peppers, so I recommend trying out at least a few different varieties, they have different colors and different shapes and flavors. Once the seed is in, you want to cover it up with about a half an inch to an inch of soil, make sure you water these in really well, and make sure you keep them well watered about once a week throughout the season, especially during the time of flowering and when they're producing the peppers themselves. Keep it weed free for the best yields. Most peppers when they, most bell peppers are green when they are first formed on the plant and as they are allowed to stay on the plant, they will mature or ripen, which turns them to a different color, usually red, orange, or yellow. If you want green peppers, as soon as the pepper is there on the plant and it's big, go for it, it's ready. If you want colored sweet peppers, then you should let them wait and they can take up to another month after being green, before they start to turn colors. But, it's often well worth the wait. I'm Jarrett of Stone Soup Farm, and that's how to grow bell peppers.