|I was wondering:|
a) are bell peppers (of the popular green variety) perennial? It doesn't seem that they would be, yet they are being sold that way around town.
b) what is a good general organic fertilizer for a vegetable/flower garden plot? Soil contains much clay and conditions are windy.
|In their native tropics, Capsicum annum can be perennial plants, but here in the States they are generally grown as annuals. If you were to grow your bell pepper plants in a greenhouse, it would be possible to keep them growing and productive, but in the veggie garden the plants would die at the first sign of frost.|
You can mix your own organic fertilizer by choosing one element from each of the categories below and mixing them together to produce a general fertilizer. Doing so will give you a balanced product containing Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium:
(N) 2 parts blood meal or 3 parts fish meal
(P) 3 parts bonemeal or 6 parts rock phosphate
(K) 1 part kelp meal or 6 parts greensand
To help loosen your clay soil, grow a green manure crop this fall or work in plenty of aged-compost before planting next spring.