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Gardening: Tips to Growing Capsicums

February 12th, 2014 No Comments
Capsicums

Capsicums
(Bell Peppers)

Capsicums (or Bell Peppers) are a great tasting, healthy veg that’s probably not as hard to grow as you may think.  Not only does it have wonderful heath benefits, but it can be used in so many ways.  Try slicing them raw to add to salads.  Fry them up in your favorite stir fry.  Add them to a homemade salsa, or even blend them to make wonderfully unique sauces!  So why not add this versatile and highly beneficial food to you garden and life.

 

 

Tips & Tricks:

  1. Plant seeds three to a pot, indoors, in a nice sunny area.
  2. Capsicum seeds love a warm and cozy bed.  So be sure to keep them in soil that is 21-26C (70-80F).
  3. Water your seedlings at the top of their green little heads with warm water.  They like moist soil, but not overly wet.
  4. Once they start growing remove the littlest guy, leaving the other two.
  5. Keep the two remaining plants together (they’re soil mates after all 😉 ).  Having two plants grow together as one helps to keep them safe from being burnt by the sun, and often they will grow larger and produce better fruit!
  6. After about 4-6 weeks transplant your pair to a sunny area of your garden.  Capsicums are sensitive to cold and frost, so plant them during warmer months.
  7. Capsicums love sulfur, so for an added boost (and gardening secret), take 2-3 matches and put them in the hole along with your plants.  They’ll thank you for it later.  😉
  8. If the weather is hot, be sure too keep them nice and wet once in the ground.
  9. Mixing a tbs of Epsom salt with a gallon of water works well on them, and produces larger plants and more fruit.  Water with mixture when they blossom and again with mixture about 10 days later.
  10. Buy some of those ‘cone’ shaped cages at your local gardening store.  They may be suggested for tomatoes, but they work great for capsicums.
  11. Harvest at about 10-12 weeks, or when the fruit gathers all its colour.

Health Benefits:

  1. Boosts Metabolism – Great for weight loss, cholesterol control, burning calories.
  2. Preventing Indigestion
  3. Full of Antioxidants – rich in Vitamin A and C, helps to treat heart diseases, osteoarthritis, bronchial asthma, cataracts, and so on.
  4. Cancer Prevention
  5. Pain Relief
  6. Strengthens Immunity
  7. Helps to Prevent Clotting of Blood
  8. Helps to Fight Food-Borne Bacterial Diseases
  9. and much more!

 

Suggestions:  Are your capsicums looking a bit lonely in their garden bed?  How about planting some of these to keep them company.  They’ll be best friends I promise.

 

Discussion Topics:

  • How do you grow your capsicums?
  • Do you have any tips or tricks to add to this?
  • What’s your favourite use for capsicums?

 

 

 

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