Peppers are one of the easiest vegetables to grow
(NC)—If you are a novice gardener and wondering what vegetables will give you first time success, peppers are an excellent choice.
All peppers, whether hot and spicy or sweet and cool can be enjoyed through a long, warm growing season. They provide colourful vegetables all summer long for cooking, barbecuing, including in a salad or snacking raw. Don't be challenged by space - you can plant them in large or small areas; a garden, a sectioned raised garden or a patio container.
Nurseries or large retailers carry seedlings in May for planting after the last frost. The plants are often sold in easy growing, biodegradable, six packs for you to experiment with a variety of sizes, colours and tastes. A pepper pack can include; Revolution (green), Red Baron (red), Orange Blaze (orange), Golden California Wonder (yellow), Pinot Noir (purple/blue) and Chocolate Beauty (brown/burgundy). A selection of peppers will give you an opportunity to taste test your favourites.
In addition to their colour and crunch, health benefits are another reason to grow peppers. The longer you leave them on the vine, the richer they are in taste and vitamins. One cup of chopped peppers provides you with 100 percent of your daily recommended dose of vitamin C. Other nutrients, fibre and antioxidants make them an all around winning vegetable for your patio or garden.
All peppers share a preference for a long, warm growing season. They love protected full sun during the day. Information to help in choosing from the sweet to hot varieties and to ensure your success in growing peppers is available online at: www.bonnieplants.ca. Your guests will enjoy the many ways of preparing peppers, whether you are grilling, creating sauces or eating them raw with dips.
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