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CarolJean
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January 31, 2016 - 10:33 pm

I'm happy to report my sweet banana pepper seeds have sprouted.  I planted them on Jan. 21 and they sprouted Jan. 30; I'm pleased with the progress.  I placed them in my grow box today and they are a brighter green after even just a few hours under the light.  I think I saw one California Wonder pepper sprouting and more should come with the warmth from the light.  (I keep my house cool and I was concerned the seeds wouldn't germinate.  I had placed them near a heat vent.)

As long as I have the grow light on now I want to utilize the additional space in the grow box.   What should I seed next?  I feel it's too early for tomatoes but would herbs be a good choice?

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Lark
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February 2, 2016 - 5:54 am

Carol Jean, your pepper seeds germinated quickly.  I find peppers challenging.  Last year was my first  decent pepper growing year.  I started them early and pruned them several times while growing inside the house.  I am always watching for mealy bugs or aphids. 

I am glad that you are having much success with the grow boxes. I also watch Gary on YouTube.  He is a GREAT teacher.  I  like that he tries to keep costs down.  His grow box technique is very effective.  The light in the box also creates some heat, which helps with the germination. 

Yes, herbs would be a good choice to start seeding.  What herbs are you starting? I sure like having my own dried herbs sitting on shelves in my basement.  I do buy a couple.  I buy Rosemary because the plants I have are small and do not give me enough harvest to store.  I use my plants when I need fresh.  I buy Fennel for the same reason.  And I buy Nettle because I don't want the hassle of picking it. Plus I don't have much growing yet and I use A LOT for my daily teas.

Take care my friend.  Enjoy the 2016 gardening journey.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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March 5, 2016 - 4:31 pm

Sometime in February I transplanted my peppers into 4" plastic pots ( I didn't write it on the calendar) and they are doing well.  They have their 3rd set of true leaves and I will prune the main stem soon to get a fuller, stronger plant.

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March 5, 2016 - 7:51 pm

Carol Jean, when do you start fertilizing them?  What do you use?  Do you do 1/2 strength?

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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March 12, 2016 - 9:39 pm

Lark, thanks for your question because it prompted me to check on Gary's vlogs to see when he starts to fertilize.  I had transplanted them into 4" pots with a time release potting mix and thought that would be enough until I put them in the garden.  But after the research I have decided to do a diluted fertilizer solution every other watering.  They have responded well.  I don't know the exact amount of dilution; it's a water soluble fertilizer and I wasn't going to store 2 gallons of it.   So I made a small jar of concentrated solution and just add a small amount to the watering can and dilute it further. Also I did prune the plants on March 7 and left 3 sets of true leaves.  So we did have much warmer temps this week but it was cloudy most of the time. Finally the last two days I have been able to put them outside in the clear totes.  I hope your pepper plants are doing well also.

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Lark
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March 13, 2016 - 6:37 pm

My peppers are doing good.  Some varieties are slower to germinate than others.  Some of my plants have their second set of true leaves.  It will be awhile before they need to be transplanted.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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March 15, 2016 - 7:51 pm

The Red Stuff sweet red pepper seeds I planted on March 5 have all sprouted as of today.  I found this short season red pepper seed after I had planted my first peppers in Jan.  Hopefully they won't be too far behind the earlier planting by the time August rolls around.

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Lark
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August 31, 2017 - 6:25 am

All my peppers are doing good.  Fruiting and ripening later than last year BUT then I started the seed a month later.  Hoping our Wisconsin weather does not give us too cold of temps for another six weeks. With that being said I should have another great year of peppers. 2016 was a fantastic year for my peppers of all kinds.  In fact, I just used the last of my last years harvest.  They froze beautifully.

I no longer blanch my peppers before freezing.  I simply wash, dry, deseed and cut them into desired pieces. I then 'flash' freeze them.  After several hours I bag them, making sure all the air is out.  I like flash freezing because it enables me to take out any amount I need easily. 

I hope your harvests are bountiful.  Reaping the rewards of being a backyard gardener.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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September 8, 2017 - 12:11 pm

I saw your pepper plants in your TTTT video and they are beautiful.  We certainly haven't had the warm weather they need.  Merrill, just north of me, had a low of 32 last night!!  We got down to 42 but it's going to warm up next week.  My tomatoes and peppers need more time.

I don't use peppers much and I prefer the milder taste of red peppers.  Last year I found Red Stuff hybrid pepper seed with a 67 maturity.  They did very well last year so I started some seedlings again this year but not as early as last year, the same as yourself.  I only planted 2 plants and one of the plants all the first peppers that set on got rotten spots very early.  Can peppers get blossom end rot? I've been able to harvest about 9 peppers from the other plant.  The first plant started to set the second crop of peppers and they are good sized but still green.  The second plant set it's second crop several weeks later and they need time.  I'll cover them when we get frost warnings in hopes they will turn red.

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Lark
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September 10, 2017 - 7:54 am

Yes, peppers can get blossom end rot.  A few of mine did.  I think it is from too much moisture. 

I am so happy that our weather is warming up this week.  The nights are in the 40's lately.  Brrrrrrrrr. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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