This year, I'm going to use one of my EBs just for peppers- I'm thinking 3 holy mole, 2 thai hot, & 1 Caribbean hot. In other spots in the yard, I have 2 more thai hot, serrano, habanero, & poblano, -still hoping that Biker Billy jalapenos will show up at the garden center.
What would be a good fertilizer to use?-Espoma garden-tone? Do peppers need extra lime, like tomatoes?
I didn't use lime last year. Fertilizer was whatever comes with an earthbox (a non-organic 7-7-7 I think). This year I'm using Garden Tone. Did find I could get 8 Jimmy Nardello Peppers in one earthbox rather than the recommended 6. Production was very heavy--better than the ones I planted in the dirt.
For peppers I'm using 8-8-8. For tomatos 10-10-10. Peppers seem to need lower strength fertilizer. I take a soil test of my EBs before adding lime. This year I will add a little Milorganite organic fertilizer for its mineral content. Never used it before but I use the same mix in the EB for tomatos and tomatos are gluttons so I figured I'd try.
TPlant...I was looking for a higher proportion of N-P-K but all I could find around here in finely ground fertilizer (and its not as fine as what came with the EB) was a 4-6-6 from Espoma. I assume I simply use more. Correct?
D-P == According to EB people for organic one should use three cups in place of two cups of chemical fertilizer. I was at Lowes the other day and saw some organic fertilizer of 7-7-7. Don't worry about it being finely ground as it will break down slowly as you would want it to do...
Perfectly! That is my old reliable standby! My shed could not do without a 40 lb sack. Always have one on the side for tomatos, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, okra, melons, etc. Peas, stringbeans and all types of legumes like a low nitrogen content including peppers according to my experience. My peppers will be going out in my EBs soon so I'l show you how they like the Vigoro 8-8-8 that I use.
Not necessarily! You will have good growth but perhaps and I say perhaps not as many peppers. It all depends on your mix if it was fresh and contained fertilizer. For hot peppers it doesn't seem to matter what you use. However, Bell peppers are a little trickier as per my experience. I'm growing the big bells, red and green this year in addition to the Nu-Mex varieties.
I used Tapla’s container mix and it does seem to work well, but I have had problems with some brown leaf spots disease that killed a few plants. Even with a weekly spray program of fungicide, the loses were about 40%. I have since replanted and they are doing fine now.
I have home made EBs constructed with the 14 gallon inside an 18 gallon container and 4 bell peppers in each. Could be that the fertilizer was too close to a couple of them since the stem did turn black. The others look just like the picture that Dean_W just posted.
I may still have issues with these EBs since the peppers are not doing as well as those in my open containers where I am using a cow manure compost and peat.
I may remove the top plastic film and fertilizer strip on a couple to see if treating them like open containers would make a difference. Would this be an option?
oldude -- I can't give you much advice on the homemade EBs (HEBs) as some work and some don't! I have the real ones and have never been disappointed. I do believe, as you stated, the fertilizer was probably to close. Removing the cover would defeat the entire purpose of ebs. If that is the case than you may as well stick with open containers. The cover is to prevent weeds and keep in moisture thus promoting growth.
True but the sun would evaporate the moisture of the exposed portion of the soil. This is the reason for using mulch in an open container to eliminate weeds and keep in moisture. The water would otherwise evaporate much more rapidly when uncovered thus requiring more frequent watering and increasing stress for the plant which would inhibit production and quality. You can tell I don't believe in most HEBs although some do work! I prefer the real patented EBs for appearence, production, quality, ease of carefree gardening and most important quality of their construction. No, I am not associated with the EB people but just a very happy EB'er...