Know When Where, and How to Grow Every Vegetable in Your Garden

Q.  I’m making a bed for pepper. When do I plant, and how close together do you grow pepper plants? I tried to find the answer in the Mittleider
Gardening Library CD but found nothing about that. 

A.   That’s because the best place to find this kind of information is in either the Garden Wizard or Garden Master CD’s, available at www.growfood.com.  The Garden Master is the newest version of the Garden Designer and Lesson portions of the CD, plus it has 2 important Mittleider gardening books and 9 subject-specific manuals included.  It is a wonderful resource and a terrific bargain at $29.95.

Do you all know how, when, and where to grow this popular vegetable?  What about the other 50 or so common garden vegetables?

Following is the information about peppers that’s contained in the Preview Plants section of the Garden Designer in each CD.  This kind of information is there for all of the common garden vegetables!  Most of what you ever grow is included.  I highly recommend you get one of these excellent software tools to help you learn all you need to know about your favorite vegetables.

Pepper:  Very tender, warm season plant; protect from late frost.  Transplant seedlings 2 to 3 weeks after the last frost of spring, 2 rows per bed, 12″ apart.  They require 63 days from the time the seeds are sown to the time they can be transplanted in the field.  They require another 46 days to harvest.  Harvest continually by cutting fruits from the plants when they have reached the color and maturity you desire..

Apply Pre-plant fertilizer (32 oz. Per 30′ row) and Weekly Feed fertilizeer (16 oz. per 30′ row) during bed preparation.  Apply a nitrogen fertilizer (8 oz. per 30′ row) at time of transplanting.  Apply Weekly Feed (16 oz. per 30′ row) 3 days after planting and for 10 more weeks thereafter.

Water at each feeding, and daily if after last spring frost, no more than 1″.

Weed near last spring frost, and for 3 more weeks thereafter, or as needed.

GERMINATION: Seeds sown at .25″ deep require 10 days at 85 degrees (F).

NUTRITION:  Sweet red variety is a high source of vitamin A.  Sweet varieties are a high source of vitamin C. 

STORAGE:  Keep cool and dry for up to 6 weeks.  Preserve by freezing or drying.

PLANTING COMPANIONS: Carrots. 

OTHER:  May be used for ornamental landscaping.

The Garden Designer portion of the Garden Master Cd is a masterpiece on which a brilliant PHD educator who loved Mittleider gardening spent a good part of three years.  There’s nothing like it!  get your copy at www.growfood.com.

The Mittleider Gardening books and Manuals teach all you need to know about this subject, and can be purchased in the Store section, or as digital downloads. 

A digital copy costs 30-40% less, and is available instantly!  I HIGHLY recommend you look here https://www.hightechhomestead.com/Products.htm for the best gardening books available anywhere!  Get one NOW and be gardening TODAY!!

Very Large Gardens – Using The Designer

Q.  I have a garden area of 90,000 square feet (over 2 acres) and when I try to fill it up with plants the Garden Master program won’t take all the plants. It says “unable to insert a line,” and if I persist it comes back with “is not a valid integer value.” What can I do to plan a very large garden?

A.  Dr. Ron Guymon and his programmers, who created the Garden Master, have researched this problem and found the following: “The garden size issue is due to memory allocation protocol used in Windows 9x (including 95, 98, and ME). Unfortunately, there is no way to fix this problem without a major overhaul and even that’s not certain — it’s the same problem you get when trying to run any large C++ program under these earlier versions of Windows.  It is for this reason that many companies including Sun are dropping Windows 9x support. Since your custom version of the CD allows multiple gardens, larger gardens may need to be broken up if users are running Windows 95, 98, or ME.”  According to Dr. Guymons instructions above, if you are running on Windows 95, 98, or ME, I recommend you just make something like 4 – ½ acre garden plots out of your two acre garden area. This may well work to your advantage anyway, as you will then have a more manageable sized-126 beds in each of 4 gardens. Success to you.