Vegetables Posts

Germinating Capsicum, Bell Pepper and Tomato Seed

Germinating Capsicum, Bell Pepper and Tomato Seed

I have found that some Solanum, like tomato and capsicum seed are slow to germinate, capsicum (bell pepper) being the most difficult I’ve encountered.  While my tomato seed will usually germinate within one week, capsicum can take two or more weeks.  What can be done about this?  Just add heat.

How to Save Crops from Cabbage White Butterfly and Other Pesky Caterpillars

How to Save Crops from Cabbage White Butterfly and Other Pesky Caterpillars

Those white butterflies flapping merrily around your vegetable garden may look lovely and whimsical but they are the bane of most gardeners.  Once their eggs hatch into plump green caterpillars your crops leaves will slowly but surely develop ever increasing holes.  It’s not impossible to beat this plant predator but it does require planning and forward thinking to save yourself from an infestation where you have more holes in your vegetables than leaves.