Planting Peppers, Cool Season Crops, and Some Updates

Posted By on March 19, 2012

This weekend was a very enjoyable, productive weekend. We spent the better part of 1pm until about 5pm on Saturday and Sunday outside working on planting lettuce, radishes and flowers. I figured that these plants would be fine to plant this early, since they are cool season crops and will hopefully flourish.

We planted well over 100 radishes (we didn’t count). I am super excited to try these because they are not your usual red radishes that you can buy from the store. They are purple plum radishes, and are a little milder in taste. They are also a very beautiful shade of purple.

This is the bed we planted them in. There are well over 10 rows and 10 columns of seeds, making over 100 radishes! This bed is 2 feet by 2 feet.

Radish Bed

Radish Bed

These are the seeds. They are bigger than I remember!

Radish Seeds

Radish Seeds

We also planted 28 square feet of lettuce, 7 different varieties. I’ll get more details up about these later.

We got the beds all prepared by putting down peat and compost, then raked it flat and planted. πŸ™‚

Preparing Lettuce Beds

Preparing Lettuce Beds

Planting Lettuce Seeds

Planting Lettuce Seeds

We also planted our peppers in pots and have them in our heated tray down under our grow lights. They will be coming up sometime this week. We planted 2 seeds in each pot, 2 pots per each of our 3 pepper varieties, for a total of 12 seedlings. If they all come up, I’ll plant them in containers, since we won’t have room in the garden.

These are the peppers we planted last year. We managed to get the red and the orange peppers out of what we planted, while missing the white, yellow and purple. We really wanted to get the white and purple! We saved the seeds of what we planted, and are hoping to get the other 3 this year so we can get the seeds from that.

Carnival Pepper Seeds

Carnival Pepper Seeds

We also planted California Wonder peppers, which are also in the carnival mix – the orange bells. We have several packets of them so we thought we’d plant some out. They are amazingly delicious!

California Wonder Pepper Seeds

California Wonder Pepper Seeds

Finally, we also planted some seeds from some peppers that our neighbors gave us last fall. They are Hot Banana Peppers and were so delicious, I dug the seeds out of the pepper, dried them and am now going to grow my own. πŸ™‚

Hot Banana Pepper Seeds

Hot Banana Pepper Seeds

One thing that I’m doing this year to aid with weeding, and also with mowing, is to put black plastic down under my garden fence. We don’t have raised beds, but rather are planting directly in the ground. We also have a fence around the edge to keep critters out (which works wonderfully). Because of this, grass grows up around the fence and creeps into the beds. It’s also been a pain in the but to mow around the fence and then having to use the weed wacker, which gets tangled on the fence.

To fix this, I am doing this! πŸ™‚

Black Plastic Under Fence

Black Plastic Under Fence

I am using plastic stakes to secure them at about every 1 foot. My neighbor gave me the idea of using wire hangers to secure them down as well, which I may try since they are cheaper than these stakes.

Plastic Stakes

Plastic Stakes

I also wanted to give an update on what we have planted and growing to date. Our eggplant has come up nicely and is getting it’s true leaves. It will be growing much quicker now that it has it’s roots established.

Bigger Eggplant Seedlings

Bigger Eggplant Seedlings

The other eggplant I planted are also coming up, though it looks like only one from each pot is up at this point.

Eggplant Seedlings

Eggplant Seedlings

Also, if you remember we tried growing some spring onion roots in a glass of water. At that point they had growing 2-3 inches after planting them. Well they have exploded in the last couple of weeks, with only some sun and water!

Bigger Spring Onions

Bigger Spring Onions

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2 Responses to “Planting Peppers, Cool Season Crops, and Some Updates”

  1. Lynn says:

    Your soil looks rich! I’ve never had luck with the carnival-colored peppers either — just the red and green ones, too. It must be a pepper-conspiracy!

    • Jonathan says:

      Haha, yea maybe! I sure hope we get some purple ones. πŸ™‚

      That soil is very rich because it is 100% compost and peat mixed together. It’s only about 1 inch deep and under that is the bad clay soil we have. The nutrients should wash down into it though. Eventually our soil will look like that without amendments!

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