Saturday, 24 November 2007

Bed 6: Capsicum

Bed 6:
Capsicums: Also called Sweet Peppers

As Seeds of these plants are often slow to germinate and grow I chose this year to purchase a punnet of Mixed Coloured Sweet Capsicums and a single potted Purple Capsicum.
After purchase these were potted on with the Mixed Sweet collection going into cardboard loo roll holders to be planted complete with minimal root disturbance. They were planted to Bed 6 on 23 Oct 07

Growing requirements:
Latin Name: Capsicum annuum
Soil:They like a fertile, well drained soil
pH: 5.5 - 6.5
Sow: after all threat of frost
Spacing:Plant 40-60cm apart Capsicum

My Notes:
Self supporting, but may need short stakes in windy areas.
Don't plant in beds where other Solanaceae family members (Tomatoes, Potatoes, Eggplants, Chillis) have just been growing
Ensure adequate levels of calcium in soil by adding gypsum, dolomite or crushed eggshells.

Good Companions:

Organic Vegetable Growing by Annette McFarlane
The Australian Organic Gardener's Handbook by Keith Smith
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
Southern Holdings Easy Guide to Companion Planting and Seed Sowing
Companion Planting in Australia by Brenda Little


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