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How to Grow a lot of Peppers in Your Home Vegetable Garden When You Have Very Little Space

Date Posted: June 6, 2017

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener How to Grow a lot of Peppers in Your Home Vegetable Garden When You Have Very Little Space
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I receive a lot of emails from people that want to grow their own peppers but say they simply don’t have the space. My response is always the same. You can grow a lot of peppers at home regardless of the amount of space that you have. In fact, many varieties of peppers are prolific producers and require very little square footage in order to grow.

Choosing the Right Varieties of Peppers to Grow When Space is Limited

This will be a big first step if you plan on growing peppers and have very little space to work with. The reason is, there are varieties of peppers that produce a lot of peppers and taste great and you will want to choose them over pepper varieties that produce less.

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For example, growing Hungarian Peppers is a great choice. It doesn’t matter whether you like hot peppers or sweet peppers, the Hungarian pepper variety has both. Better yet, each Hungarian pepper plant can produce a lot of peppers, and that is what you are looking for in a pepper plant. Choose pepper varieties that produce smaller fruit but will give you a higher yield. Hungarian’s, cherry, jalapeno, Anaheim chili and ancho’s are all great choices.

How Much Space Will Your Pepper Plant Need

I like to give my pepper plants at least one square foot of growing space. If one square foot is too much for you, you can bring that down to planting 2 or 3 per square foot but expect smaller yields.

If growing in a garden bed is not possible, peppers do very well in pots and containers. Just make sure you choose a container that is at least 10 inches around and 8 inches deep. You will also need to water and fertilize more often in pots and containers so keep that in mind.

How to Grow Peppers at Home in a Raised Garden Bed Using the Square Foot Gardening Method

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Is the Soil Structure Any Different When Growing More Pepper Plants in a Smaller Area

The short answer is, sort of. When you grow a lot of pepper plants in a smaller area, that area will need more nutrients. I recommend that you enrich the soil with compost before planting, and of course fertilize once per week with a good organic fertilizer.

If you will be planting your peppers in pots or containers then use a good potting soil (not mix). Your potting soil is formulated just right to make sure your pepper plant’s roots can grow and get valuable nutrients to the plants. Again, with pots or containers, you will need to water and fertilize more often.

I highly recommend that you watch the video with this article. I go through step by step what I do when I plant peppers in my home vegetable garden. Keep in mind that I started these pepper plants from seeds about 6 weeks prior to me planting them in the video. You can also purchase the pepper plant varieties mentioned above at a local nursery if starting seeds indoors is not possible.

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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