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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge - Starting Peppers From Seeds
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Welcome to Day 18 of my 30 Day Challenge: How to Start a Vegetable Garden.

This weekend was a gardening weekend! I think I have enough dirt under my nails to plant another seedling! Just kidding, but a lot was accomplished in the last 2 days, so expect some great information in my next couple of articles.

Peppers, Peppers Everywhere?

It's actually more like, "Peppers....where are you?" It has been between 2 and 3 weeks since I planted green peppers, jalapenos, and banana peppers seeds. Since we were having a warm spell, I decided to plant the seeds directly in their permanent homes - gardening pots - instead of starting the seeds indoors.

This was a big mistake. Two days after planting the seeds, they were caught in a terrible storm and I still don't know if the seeds are still in the pots or if they got washed away.

Our April showers seem to have come in May and we have had a lot of rain and our temperatures are running a little below average for this time of year.

With that being said, my peppers have still not started to sprout. It was time to research why they are not yet growing.

What I Learned About Starting Peppers From Seeds

Pepper seeds like warm weather. According to a few websites I researched today, they do not begin to sprout until the temperature reaches 80 degrees. We've been in the 60s here (cooler at night), so it's no wonder why my seeds didn't sprout!

My lesson: I should have started my seeds indoors or in a mini greenhouse instead of directly in their pots.

What Do I Do Now?

Instead of starting new seeds, I decided to see if I could get the existing seeds to germinate using a variation of my mini greenhouses. Since the marigolds I am growing in my mini greenhouses no longer need their lids, I cut them off and placed them over the soil in my pepper pots to create a little cover.

However, I only had 4 of them and I needed 6, so I took plastic wrap and covered the other two leaving approximately 1 inch open on each side for breathing.

I made sure all 6 pots were well watered prior to covering them to get the full humidity factor that the seeds should love.

I'm going to give them another week. I hope to see some little green sprouts coming up soon. If not, I will need to decide if I will start some seeds indoors or if it's too late in the season now and I need to purchase them as seedlings.

We'll see what this week brings.

30 Day Challenge

I am learning a lot about gardening during this 30 Day Challenge. In many ways, despite how much you read about gardening, you don't really know how to grow a garden until you jump in and try it.

I encourage everyone to grow a garden this year. Small or large, one plant or 100, if we all grow a little bit of food imagine what we could do. Especially for those who have the room to grow more than they need. We could share with those less fortunate in our neighborhoods, churches, and soup kitchens. What a wonderful world that would be!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Shawn

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  about 7 years ago

AJ are you sure your soil temperatures are getting high enough and staying within the required range for peppers?

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  about 7 years ago
  

Nope. That's the problem. I started some seeds indoors Monday in case these don't take. Temps here are in the 60s (a little chilly for these plants) and the seeds are in pots in the sun. Yesterday, I checked and the two pots with plastic wrap on them began sprouting, so I removed my "mini greenhouse covers" and placed plastic wrap on all 6 pots. Time will tell!

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  about 7 years ago

AJ, your peppers will grow with warmer temps. I really like your idea encouraging everyone to grow something whether it's a lot or a little. Getting started is what counts most. Once people see how easily they can grow their own food often they expand their gardens in years to come.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Welcome back, Jay, great to see you! I know the peppers will get there, I just want them sprouting so I can pick some peppers before August! I too hope more people grow their own food. Self reliance is a blessing!

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  about 7 years ago
Barbara9  

very informative article

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks for visiting, Barbara!

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  about 7 years ago

Good info AJ...lots of seeds like very warm soil....I tried to plant corn and okra a little early and only had spotty germination and growth...replanted and all is well now....I do believe you are having fun with this challenge....gardening is fun and not as difficult and some would believe...just takes a little attention to the details

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  about 7 years ago
  

Kevin, this is one of the "learning curve" items for me - warm soil for proper seed germination and the proper timing for planting each item. I am having a great time with this challenge and I love sharing my knowledge with everyone and hopefully inspiring many gardens around the world!

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  about 7 years ago

My mini greenhouses - that's a great quote:-) I'm glad you're continuing with your effort to grow a garden this year and share the steps. Nice article again. We've got 5 small boxes of planted seeds indoors doing nothing. No sprouts at all)-:

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  about 7 years ago
  

Oh no, Cynthia! What did you plant in them? I never did get anything from my spinach seeds I planted 6 weeks ago. I'm going to start some new seeds today - cucumbers are top on that list. I think I'll plant a few peppers just in case and try spinach again. We'll see how they go...

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  about 7 years ago
C4rmen  

Nice ideas at the end here AJ. My compost is coming along okay - very proud of it. I figure if I can manage this, I can work my way up to an edible garden too.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks C4rmen. I still haven't figured out what I'm doing about a compost, but I remember when you first started yours and I'm so glad it's coming along nicely. Kevin (Hawgwild) planted seed potatoes directly in his compost and is harvesting them soon. Just an idea for your compost... As for working up to an edible garden, I know you can do it! If I can, everyone can!

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  about 7 years ago
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