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    Posted on May 11th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Tomatoes and Peppers love warm weather. Don’t get in a hurry to plant them outside. They benefit from constant warm temperatures and from walls-o-water or other greenhouse techniques.

    When transplanting peppers and tomatoes pick off the blossoms. I learned this the hard way last year when I left the small tomatoes and blossoms intact. Those tomatoes and peppers that ripened early were of no use. They were hard and off color, small and had little flavor. So this year, I will pick off the blossoms and any small fruit. The plant need all of its strength to work on a good root system, and can’t do this when it is setting on fruit too. So just close your eyes and pluck off the blossoms. You will feel better about it when the first fruit is a large, juicy, tasty fruit.

    Did you know the best flavor of a pepper is when it is red but hasn’t dried yet? It’s true, it is called fresh red. As a green chile matures and turns red, sugar and Vitamin A increases. But as soon as the pods are red they begin to dry out and lose their flavor. Also, if a pepper or even a tomato is starting to turn red it can be picked and will finish rippening. But it must be turning red.

    Peas and beans benefit from using inoculants on them before planting. Inoculant is a powder applied to the seeds within 24 hours of planting. Inoculants help the beans and peas fix nitrogen in the soil. They also help seeds from rotting in the ground from too much moisture if the Spring is unusually wet. They also help germination. I have never used inoculant but I will use it this year. I’m sure I will have better luck because of it.

    To prevent peas from rotting, try this method. Dig a furrow to plant the peas, dig it about 3″ deep. Then water the furrow with a garden hose. Next plant the peas in the row. Cover them up and wait. DO NOT WATER THEM AGAIN!!!!! My Mother taught me this technique. She said “don’t water them again, the top of the ground will dry out and you will want to water them. But don’t!!!!!” If you water them a crust will form on top of the ground and the peas will not be able to come up through the tough crust.

    Just think, in a few months we will be eating fresh peas, fresh tomatoes and fresh peppers. Yummmmmm

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