green peppers

Asked May 17, 2017, 10:32 AM EDT

we have a problem with our green pepper plants every year.. we plant them in a raised bed. our raised bed is about 3 feet deep. we get only a few peppers a year. how deep do we plant them ? can we put 16-16-16 fertilizer in before planting ? any info would be appreciated.. thank you..

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Thanks for your question. Peppers prefer a warmer climate than we have to offer here, so some adjustments are needed to extend their growing season. Oregon State University Extension has two publications that I think will help.

First, look at "Grow Your Own Peppers"; it answers questions about planting and caring for pepper plants including planting depth and fertilizing, You can view it at this link.

https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1227.pdf

"Spice up your garden with the perfect pepper" identifies varieties that grow best in our area and ways to extend the growing season. You can view it at this link.

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/spice-your-garden-perfect-pepper

Best of luck for many peppers in 2017.