Planting Peppers

Yesterday marked the planting of my first veggies of the season; peppers. Three plants total, two Golden Treasures and one Jalapeno Traveler Strain.

Peppers can be difficult to grow from seeds because they need very specific conditions. One key factor is warm soil, around 80F. To help with this, I placed a heating mat beneath the containers.

Germination takes around 14 days and the seeds should be started indoors 8 to 12 weeks before the last frost date. I’m planning on moving them fully outside after the hardening period, on May 4. Peppers don’t handle frost well.

Golden Treasure

A sweet pepper that is best used for fresh eating, roasting, and salsa. The yellow fruit grows to 9 inches in length and has a tender skin and medium thick flesh. The fruit takes 80 days to mature after transplanting. According to Seed Savers Exchange, this variety grows well in most regions of the United States.

Jalapeno Traveler Strand

A hot pepper best used for fresh eating, roasting, salsa, pickling, and drying. It is an organic pepper with fruits that are cylindrical and grow to 3 inches. The peppers ripen from green to bright red and take 70 to 90 days to mature after being transplanted. According to Seed Savers Exchange, this variety grows well in most regions of the United States.

I’ve had an experience with bear spray. I’d like to keep it to just that one experience. Thus, I’ll be using rubber gloves as recommended when handling and processing any type of hot pepper.

 

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