When To Plant Herbs And Peppers - Knowledgebase Question

Garland, TX
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Question by carltonc
June 7, 1998
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 from NGA
June 7, 1998
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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