Sweet Peppers With Thin Walls

Q.  What is the problem when sweet bell peppers end up with thin walls and not with thick walls as shown on the seed packet and in the catalogs?
 
A.  You are seeing a nutrient deficiency.  What did you feed your plants?  Sometimes when people try to give their plants only organic fertilizers like compost and manure, the plants run out of food about the time they are trying to mature a crop.  This results in a single crop, instead of production continuing until late fall frosts, and often the fruit is less desirable as well.
 
If you will start by applying the Mittleider Pre-Plant natural mineral nutrient formula before planting – which contains calcium and other nutrients – and then after your plants are up apply Mittleider Weekly Feed formula, you will have healthy plants and beautiful, thick-walled and juicy fruit.
 
The formulas for both fertilizer mixes are free on the websiteat www.foodforeveryone.org, in the Learn section, or you can buy them at www.growfood.com in the Store section.  If shipping is a problem buy just the Micro-Nutrients and mix your own with the macro-nutrients you can buy locally.

What is going on with my green peppers? We moved our garden to a cleared spot in a wooded area and they look good but are just not producing fruit. Am I over fertilizing? What can I do?

You mentioned a cleared spot in a wooded area – are your peppers getting 8-12 hours of full sun every day? That is essential for starters – not just for peppers, but for any fruit-bearing plant.

You also mentioned that the plants look good but aren’t producing fruit. That is likely a lack of one or more nutrients, or an imbalance of nutrients, rather than too much nutrients. What most often happens is that too much nitrogen is used without the proper amounts of other needed nutrients. This can cause a lush green, often soft, plant with little or no fruit.

Plants need 16 nutrients, 3 of which are supplied in the air. The other 13 must come from the soil or from man. Most soils are depleted, the result of thousands of years of leaching from rain, snow, crop removal, etc., so we need to put back water-soluble mineral nutrients in the right amounts to assure good vegetable crops.

What we consider to be the world’s best fertilizer formula for vegetables, as well as other plants, is included in the On-line Education section of this website, as well as in The Mittleider Gardening Course. It will guarantee you good results, if used properly.