The Q&A Archives: When To Plant Herbs And Peppers

Question: I am wondering when would be the best time to start growing a small amount of herbs (cilantro, thyme, basil) and some peppers (jalapeno, poblano, etc.) in my patio garden. All of my growing must be done in containers.

Answer: Now is a good time to begin! Start seeds in small cups or seedling trays with a good potting mix. Locate the cups or trays in a bright location out of direct sun. As seedling get up and growing well they can be moved to a sunnier location. Be patient with the herbs, as they can take a while to get going!

When the seedlings are well on their way you can transplant them into the containers (at least 3-5 gallon for peppers and at least 2 gallon for herbs for best results).

Begin watering with a liquid plant food at the low "constant feed" rate once seedlings get their first true leaves (the two leaf-like cotyledons that come up first don't count).

Good luck with your container garden!

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