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Best Way to Grow Hot Chili Peppers

Chili pepper is actually a genus of Capsicum and there are five great families of peppers. The most popular pepper are Capsicum annuum, which also includes cayenne, bell peppers and wax peppers. Chili peppers comes not only in red and green but also in yellow color. Yellow color peppers are great to consume when fried or used in jellies. Chilies are the second most popular food consumed across the world by quantity and it contains the highest quantity of vitamin C.

Best Way to Grow Hot Chili PeppersChili pepper plant is actually a perennial shrub grows with woody stem and blooms white color flowers. Chilies commonly grown in India because of tropical climate. Chili pods varies in size, shape, color and pungency depending on the cultivar type.

Chilies can be grown in outdoor or in indoor garden, since they just need sun, and plenty of heat, water and also a high level of humidity. Grow your own chili peppers from seeds. Buy seeds within your local nursery or you can scrape out the chili seeds from the pepper you purchased from supermarket. Dry the seeds well before you plant them. The ideal time to plant chilies are in warmer climates, for indoor gardening January or February is the best time to plant peppers.

For faster germination, take 6 to 7 seeds in a paper towel and wet them using sprayer. Seal the wet paper towel in a plastic bag and keep them in a very warm place ensure the temperature for germination should be 70 to 75 degree F. check out the seeds everyday and mist them with water when they become dry. It nearly takes 10 days for the seeds to sprout. Transplant the seedlings into a well-draining small pot using the combination of peat and perlite. Keep your seedlings in a warm place under the grow lights. Water the plant every single day and within a couple of weeks the seedling will set true leaves. Keep them indoors till it grows up to 3 to 4 inch.

Transplant your hot pepper plants into a big container and place them where they can get 6 – 7 hours of direct sunlight. Water them everyday because they need a lot of moisture. Feed them with a well-balanced base nutrients 15-15-15, while growing season and with bloom boosters while blooming season. Hot pepper plants can take 90 days to produce peppers after germination. If you are intending to grow indoors, then choose dwarf ornamental pepper varieties since this type of pepper works best for indoor gardening. Harvest chilies peppers when they are fully ripe, once they reach in their full size or change to its final color harvest them.

Chili pepper plants produce is a medicinal thing it combats prostate kind of cancer, herpes and diabetic issues, and is a natural painkiller, helping those fighting with arthritis and headaches. In addition, it speeds up our metabolism.

How to Grow Okra : Planting Guide

Okra is an ornamental and edible plant. In many countries Okra is known as ‘Ladies Finger’ and ‘Gumbo”. It is an original exotic plant and associate of highly ornamental hibiscus family. Because of its beautiful blooms it make a decorative plant which reaches up to 3 to 5 feet tall. Okra is known for its high vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate content and also for harnessing a superior fiber which helps with digestion and stabilizes blood sugar.

How to Grow Okra : Planting Guide

Okra grows well exceptionally in Southern gardens as they prefer warm season and performs best in warmer climates. There are two varieties of okra, ‘Clemson Spineless’ and ‘Perkins Spineless’. Clemson Spineless grows up to 4 – 5 feet tall and it is a heavy yielder and ‘Perkins Spineless’ is a dwarf variety that reaches upto 2 1/2 to 3 feet high.

Grow Okra from seed indoor or outdoor it does well in rich, well-draining soil. Buy best quality seeds from your local nursery or from online store. Plant the seeds in an ordinary garden soil however it will do best in fertile loam. Okra is not particular about pH level but it grows best with pH 6.5 – 7.5. Okra usually do not grow well in heavy or soggy soils.

Okra loves full sun and it enjoys warmer weather so ensure you choose the right location to plant okra seeds where it could get full access of sunlight. Sow Okra seeds in rows giving at least 3 feet space apart.

Sow seed directly into the soil not less than 1/2 inch deep in light soil and 1 inch deep in heavy soil; spacing is 3 inches apart in rows 3 feet apart. Water your plants gently after planting the seeds into the soil.

As soon as the seeds start to germinate, thin out the baby plants upto a foot apart from each other leaving the best plants. Supply them basic nutrients when they start growing about two weeks. Ensure Okra plant get the maximum amount of nutrients in the least amount of time.

Edible pods will start appearing 50 to Sixty days after planting. Pick okra when they are 3 to four inches in size. In hotter season, examine your okra plants every second day for the new growths and harvest them quickly because this will encourage for more pods. Harvest the pods using a stem so that it won’t lose their gelatinous juice.

Don’t let the pod ripen on the stalk if you need your plant to produce more. Harvest the young pods because they are more nutritious and tender. Once the plant reduces the production, cut-off the highest to one third, so that it will grow side shoots to produce more crop.

Always Wear gardening gloves and long sleeves while handling okra plant since most of the majority types have tiny spines which will irritate your skin. Harvest your pods and put them in a freezer bags and keep them in freezer to save them for further use.

How to Grow an Excellent Tomatoes in Your Garden

Tomatoes are considered as a health food as they make an excellent healthy choice. Tomatoes are quite high in Vitamin C, A, K, Calcium, folate and potassium. Tomatoes make your skin look extraordinary and helps your skin from sun harm. They also makes your skin less sensitive to UV light harm that cause fine lines and wrinkles.

Grow your own incredible tomatoes in your garden and have the access of fat free healthy food anytime. Growing tomatoes are quite simple, if you follow the proper instructions and guidelines. Before you start growing tomatoes you should know the requirements of it.

How to Grow an Excellent Tomatoes in Your Garden

Tomatoes grows best in deep, well-drained soil. You also use the potting soil for tomatoes. They cherish full sun, plenty of organic matter and specific amount of water. They grow well in tropical areas. In cold regions you can grow in green house, indoors and in hydroponics.

Purchase a high and good quality of tomato seed from your local nursery or from online websites. Or you can collect your own seeds from a ripe tomato. Get a healthy and ripe tomato squeeze it in a bowl or scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Wash the seeds several times in water so that the flesh gets removed and finally strain it. Dry the seeds for few days.

Plant your tomato seed in a seedling tray or prepare a small pot with a mixture of ½ peat moss, 1/3 coarse vermiculite and 1/3 of compost. Best time to plant tomato seeds is after the danger of frost. Plant 3 to 4 seeds ¼ inch deep in soil and cover the seed lightly with soil. Keep the pot in a place where the temperature should be 70 to 80 degrees F till the germination of seeds. Keep misting the seeds everyday. It will take 7 to 10 days to sprout. Once the germination takes place move the plant into full sun or keep them under grow lights.

Transplant your plant into the soil once the seedlings grow 3 to 4 true set leaves. Before you plant them into soil don’t forget to test the soil for pH level. Tomatoes grow well in pH between 6 and 7. If your soil is below 6 pH then add lime to your soil to raise the pH level. If your soil pH is above 7 then mix granular sulfur to lower the pH level.

Prepare your garden with well-drained soil and with a good amount of organic matter and also check for the expose of sunlight directly to the plants. Your plant should get at least 6 to 7 hours of sunlight everyday. Dig a hole into the soil of about 2 feet deep and add organic matter such as compost into the hole before you plant. Transplant your tomato seedlings inside the hole removing it carefully from the plant. Make sure you do not disturb the roots while transplanting your seedling.

Plant the seedling deep inside so the soil touches the first set of true leaves when you cover the plant. New roots will rapidly grow on the stems. More roots will keep your plant healthy and produce healthy more fruits. Water you plants deeply but don’t over water the plant. While watering them make sure you water directly on the soil not on leaves.

Keep your tomato plant grow in a single stem, remove the suckers it will help your plant to concentrate more on fruits. Fertilize every two weeks with seaweed solution or with a dilute fish emulsion fertilizer. Keep stacks or supporter for your plants that will prevent your plant from breaking. Keep an eye on your plant everyday for pests and diseases.

When your plant start flowering, encourage them applying bloom enhancers. Follow these steps and grow big and healthy tomatoes and have a happy harvest.