How to Grow Peppers in Raised Beds and Ensure a Bountiful Harvest
You can easily grow your own peppers with these simple tips from professional gardeners.

How to Grow Peppers in Well-Drained Soil and Full Sun

You want to make sure you help your peppers succeed by planting them in the right location. "Pepper plants like full sun and rich, well-drained soil," says Cole. "Amending the soil with good-quality aged compost will increase potassium, phosphorus, and calcium levels—all of which are important to pepper success."

Ker said he's seeing some success, giving his peppers a little leeway. "At Earthkeep Farmcommon in Charlotte, Vermont, we plant peppers about 18 inches apart," he said. "In a humid climate like ours,

fertilizing and watering

For best results, you should keep the soil full of nutrients by fertilizing and keeping it well watered. "Pepper plants like moist soil and regular watering," says Cole. "Watering a little more, but less at a time, helps the roots get deeper into the soil, where they can get more water and nutrients."

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Also, adding a layer of mulch underneath the peppers can help keep them from getting too thirsty between waterings. "We like to mulch the soil under our pepper plants to retain moisture, stabilize soil temperature, add organic matter, and control weeds," Ker said. "Oat or wheat straw are best, but you can use anything you can find."

How to prevent pepper tails from rotting

Blossom rot is a common problem in peppers and tomatoes that stems from a calcium imbalance. Vegetables treated this way will not develop properly and may look shriveled or shriveled from one end onwards. "Sprinkling wood ash into the soil or watering plants with eggshell tea can help correct these soil deficiencies and get your pepper plants back on track."

As you can see, growing peppers is an easy task with the right tools and expertise. This means that you may end up with a nice bounty at the end of the season. If that's the case, Ker recommends using whatever method you like to preserve the ones you don't eat right away—making vinaigrette and pickles are fan favorites. You're only limited by your imagination (and how many calories you can handle).