Let’s take a few minutes and talk about planting pepper plants and using homemade organic fertilizer. If there is one plant in my spring garden that has a special place, it has to be pepper plants. Because of that, pepper plants need some tinder loving care.
Pepper plants need nitrogen to grow big and tall, then they need potash (potassium) to grow peppers. Those are the first and third numbers on a bag of fertilizer. The middle number is bone meal (phosphorus), which promotes root growth.
Around the farm I have chicken manure, and some potash from the smoker. These were used to mix up some homemade potting soil, which will be used as organic fertilizer.
Aged chicken manure from the brooder house was mixed with potash and some topsoil in a wheelbarrow.
Planting Pepper Plants
A garden tiller and Massey Ferguson 231 tractor was used to work the soil. Then rows were made up using a garden rake.
The rake head was used to space the pepper plants, with two rake heads between each plant. Hopefully 24 inches is more than enough when planting peppers.
A small place was dug out in the row, then a shovel full of the organic fertilizer was placed in the shallow hole.
The pepper plant was placed in the middle of the organic fertilizer potting soil.
Last but not least, dirt was brought in around the pepper plants.
Types of peppers planted in 2018:
- Cajun spicy
- Belle pepper
- Chili pepper
- Thai spicy
As of March 31, 2018 a total of 16 pepper plants were planted.
Once the peppers start producing it will be a matter of preserving them in jars. Hopefully, I will be able to put up enough peppers to last from 2018 – 2019.
Something I would like to do is to plant some more plants.
If the organic potting soil was not enough for the peppers, they will be side dressed with a commercial fertilizer, such as 13-13-13.
Plants such as peppers need a well rounded fertilizers. Examples include 13-13-13 or 10-10-10.
I am looking forward to having a row of pepper plants through the summer. There is something about picking peppers that brings a little sunlight to a rainy day.