There are two types of pepper, or capsicum, to give them their proper name. There are the chilli peppers and the sweet peppers, the latter being the milder relatives
Peppers are not the easiest of crops to grow because they do need warmth and sun to do well, but given the right conditions they will produce a good harvest. Ideally…
The vast majority of popular fruit and vegetable crops can be grown outside in the UK; however our growing season is relatively short and can be quite variable weather-wise to say the least.
As you get into your hobby you will soon appreciate the benefits a protected growing space, in the form of a greenhouse or polytunnel, could provide. However,…
Sowing seeds isn’t the only way to raise the plants you need to achieve great harvests. Plug plants offer a convenient alternative to buying seeds, or as away to fill gaps or top up numbers if sowings fail for any reason.
What is a plug plant?
A plug plant is so called because the seeds are sown into ‘plugs’ of…
So, what’s a container? This depends on what crops you are growing, for example lettuce and salad leaves can be grown in quite shallow containers. A small trough 17cm (7in) deep and 30cm (12in) long would suffice for a few mixed cut and come again salad leaves.
Ideally, aim for atrough about 20cm (8in) wide, 60cm (2ft) long and at…
If you’re looking for a pepper plant that produces lots of fruit, says Tony Flanagan, why not try ‘Lemon Dream’ and ‘Tangerine Dream’?
I tend to prefer the larger sweet peppers such as ‘King of the North’ and ‘California Wonder’ but last year I tried out a new variety (courtesy of Marshalls Seeds) which produces much smaller fruits, a snacker…
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