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How To Grow Peppers and Tomatoes

Updated on February 19, 2017

Tomato and Pepper Techniques

Cherry tomatoes taste great strait from the garden. Be sure and give them plenty of sun and water.
Cherry tomatoes taste great strait from the garden. Be sure and give them plenty of sun and water. | Source
Home grown tomatoes have a unique flavor all their own. Use stakes and rope string to hold them up as they grow.
Home grown tomatoes have a unique flavor all their own. Use stakes and rope string to hold them up as they grow. | Source
Jalepeno Peppers are a medium hot pepper. They will produce constant peppers on each plant as long as they are cared for.  Remember: Sun, water and food.
Jalepeno Peppers are a medium hot pepper. They will produce constant peppers on each plant as long as they are cared for. Remember: Sun, water and food. | Source

Start The Seeds Indoors

When you decide to start a garden, a great place to start a garden is indoors. This is especially good if you have young children. They can watch the progress each day. There is nothing like lighting the face of a child, when they have accomplished something themselves. You might not have a huge yard with a place for a garden so, you might try making a garden in different pots or containers.

There are a few basic items that you will need to start your garden. They are listed below.

When preparing for your garden, you can use several flats with seeds. These are usually what you bring the flowers home in. In each holder, depending on what you are planting will need to place the plants two inches apart.

Remember to give the plants plenty of water but, at the same time be careful not to over water them. Sun is vital to the survival of these plants. Although potting soil is acceptable, manure is the perfect choice to help stabilize these plants. It may not smell pleasant but, it does give good nutrients to the plants. Once the plants are about 2-3 inches in height it is time to transplant them outside.

Always pick the smaller plants out and thin out your plants which helps for better production. When growing tomatoes they have to be checked on a daily, if not, every other basis.

Peppers can also be started inside and then transfer the peppers are not heavy but, tomatoes will weigh your plant down unless you prop it up with stakes or a cage of some sort. Make sure and turn your plants around often. I have great luck with tomato and bell peppers plant in buckets. Keep rotating your plants before you ever transport them to your outside garden.

Try to remove the majority of the large rocks from your garden because they will soak up water and nutrients that your vegetables are going to need. Always check your garden every day for limbs, twigs or anything that may harm your plants growth. Treat your seedlings like little babies. Give them plenty of attention! That's the key to a successful tomato plant. Plain and simple.

Keep a check on your tomato plant every single day not just when you are watering it. Be sure and keep as much sun on your new seeded plant as humanly possible to provide proper growth. Tomatoes can die quickly when they are still in their early stages so be sure and show them lots of love and care at all times. Add dirt if you have to while your plants progress indoors to keep them firmly rooted before your transfer to the outside garden. Be very careful when removing growing plants from a potter so that you do not rip the roots apart.

I hope that if you have some gardening ideas share all your gardening ideas with me by leaving your ideas in the comments box located at the bottom of this blog.

Prepping the Garden

First, you need to figure out what size garden you will be planting. After you have figured that out, till or hoe the dirt, to turn the weeds into the dirt. You would then want to clean out the weeds that you just stirred up. A good dose of fertilizer, potting soil and manure should be scattered around the garden. It is best if you are able to once again, till or hoe up the mixture of fertilizer, potting soil and manure. Of course, rain or water of some sort is very important when trying to get your food to produce in the garden.

When transplanting peppers and tomatoes, you want to make sure the plants have 6-8 inches in between each one. Any pepper and tomatoes that you feel may be growing too close together will need to be separated or even discarded to allow the others to grow more healthy.

You may want to wear gloves in case you get into a bed of fire ants. You are less likely to get bitten by the ants, if you have on thick gloves. It always seems to me wherever I wanted to plant there would conveniently be a mound of ants nearby.

They are less likely if you do encounter any ants, it is best to treat the ants as you find them. Japanese beetles are known to eat the tomato plants and also Japanese beetles are pesky too. You can always use seven dust and sprinkle on the plants to alleviate the bugs.

Mid Producer and Ever Growing Plants

Each tomato plant can produce anywhere from twenty five to fifty tomatoes. (Excluding: cherry tomato plant). These are mid producers. After they produce that amount they finally start to die from the root.

Jalapeno and banana peppers are some of my favorites and they will produce multiple times. These are called ever growing plants. The same goes for cayenne, chili, habanero and all other pepper plants that are related. As long as you do not tear the veggies at the stems when you pick them then the plant will continue to produce more and more veggies.

There are several different varieties of tomatoes and peppers that your can try. Peppers and tomatoes are a great addition to the garden.

Feed Your Plants

Plant food along with water and the sun are the three most important elements of a successful garden. And of course giving the garden all your love is important too!
Plant food along with water and the sun are the three most important elements of a successful garden. And of course giving the garden all your love is important too! | Source

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    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I love home-grown tomatoes and peppers, although I, personally, have not grown any. But they are the best-tasting in the world no doubt. Thanks for the great tips, as I am wanting to grow at least tomatoes. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I´m growing tomatoes at home and I like eating them fresh. Thanks for sharing this very informative hub and for following me.

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