Peppers are one of the most popular vegetables for gardeners to grow. If you’ve never tried growing peppers because you do not have room for a garden, you’ll be glad to know there are several space-saving options you can try instead.
Raised Garden Bed with Trellis
If you only have enough space for a raised garden bed, you can still have lots of delicious peppers by adding a trellis to it. That way, when your plants begin to sprout, you can “train” them by using string to loosely attach them to a vertical support system. Bamboo poles, lattice, or tomato cages will all provide your pepper plants with all the support they need to grow up and not out. You may also place your plants next to a fence or exterior wall, provided they will still receive at least six to eight hours of sunlight each day.
Peppers are one of the easiest plants to grow in garden containers. To be successful, you’ll need to ensure your container is large enough. A flowerpot that is at least eight to ten inches in diameter is ideal for most varieties, or you may also grow peppers in a two or five-gallon bucket. Ensure there are adequate holes for drainage, then loosely fill your container with a lightweight potting soil. Place in an area that receives approximately eight hours of sunlight each day, and water as needed. Keep in mind that you may need to surround your peppers with cages or secure them to wooden stakes once they begin bearing fruit to keep them from toppling over.
Growing peppers in hanging baskets may be an ideal solution if you would like to avoid staking container plants. You may use a traditional round hanging basket with a coconut fiber liner, or an “upside down” planter that allows specimens to grow out of the bottom. A hanging basket is likely to produce trailing vines, while peppers grown in an upside down planter may more closely resemble a bush. As such, hanging baskets should be placed much higher-ideally at least six feet off the ground.
As you can see, growing peppers is a fun hobby that anyone can enjoy, even those without a great deal of land. Try one or more of these methods so that you too can enjoy fresh, delicious peppers straight from your own garden.