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Our Deck Planters: 54 Peppers and Counting

June 25, 2014

After the last of our spring harvest from our deck planters (kale, spinach, lettuce, swiss chard) we planted 9 pepper plants on April 30.  So far there are 54 Gypsy and Carmen peppers tempting us to pick them, however we are waiting until they turn orange and red when they obtain maximum sweetness.

These are self-watering planters.  The soil is Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix.  We fed the plants with Osmocote when we planted them.

Here are the photos so you can check out our progress.

We planted 3 pepper plants in each planter on April 30 (click photo to enlarge)

We planted 3 pepper plants in each planter on April 30.  There is a white plastic fill tube on the end of each planter to add water to the reservoir in the bottom of the planter. (click photo to enlarge)

We use small cages to help keep the plants stable with the extra weight of the peppers (click photo to enlarge)

We use small cages to help keep the plants stable with the extra weight of the peppers (click photo to enlarge)

Each plant has a minimum of 6 peppers.  Gypsy pepper plant is in the center and Carmen peppers are on the ends.  (Click photo to enlarge)

Each plant has an average of 6 peppers. Gypsy pepper plant is in the center and Carmen peppers are on the ends. (Click photo to enlarge)

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3 Comments
  1. Rick permalink

    Hi Ashton, I have had this question for some time now and thought you would be the one to ask, when using a dry weed and feed (of no particular brand) will the product still be effective sitting at the crowns as opposed to being on the actual weed leaf surface being that I know they say try to apply on wet or dew covered weeds, will it still be effective systemically? Thank you sir in advance

  2. Hi Rick
    Yes, you will still get some control as the ingredients are absorbed through the crown. The ideal situation is to apply to moist foliage when rain or irrigation is not expected for 24 hours. This way the particles are in contact with as much of the leaf surface as possible. As long as the weed is growing, anywhere the particles are in contact will allow absorption and systemic translocation to kill the weed roots and all.

  3. Rick permalink

    Ok thank you very much sir

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