<![CDATA[Burpee Community - ]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/398/preparing-soil-for-peppers en-US Burpee //d1l316k04n1hna.cloudfront.net/static/images/burpee-favicon.png 16 16 Burpee http://www.burpee.com/community/ <![CDATA[Re: Preparing soil for peppers]]> http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/398/preparing-soil-for-peppers?commentid=1561 I start my Seeds Indoors in late March. I am Zone 6 - Southeast Michigan. Cold weather is buffered and earliness increased by using plastic mulch, especially in combination with a slitted row cover or lightweight fabric row cover supported by wire hoops. This will heat the soil beneath and provide a better growing condition for young pepper plants. The mulch will also help the soil retain moisture throughout the season as the pepper plants grow. Remove row covers in sunny weather above 85°F (29°C) to prevent blossom drop and heat damage. You could also look for a variety initial/Ripe at 50-60 Days. Some varieties of Bell Peppers take 70, 80, or even 90 Days. Pick some when Green and let some ripen on plants.

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http://www.burpee.com/community/discussion/398/preparing-soil-for-peppers?commentid=1561 December 24, 2011