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3 Tips For Great Peppers in Your Home Vegetable Gardening

Peppers are the number two most grown vegetables, behind tomatoes, in the home vegetable garden according to a recent study by the United States Department of Agriculture. Many home vegetable gardeners simply take a pepper seed, drop it in a hole, give it some water and hope for the best. However there are some great tips to increase the produce output of the pepper plants you grow.

After asking around on our vegetable gardening Facebook fan page, we came up with the top tips from fellow gardeners on producing the best results for peppers. Here are those results.

Start Indoors

Nearly all responses came back with starting the seeds indoors at least six weeks prior to the last frost of the year in your zone as per the frost zone map that can be found on our website in the downloads section. This gives the plants a chance to get a “running start” so to speak.

Create Heat

According to many of the home vegetable gardeners we talked to they all agreed that peppers like heat and although they used all kinds of methods for creating heat for the plant, from grass clippings to extra compost, but the most favorable way was putting a landscape fabric around the base of the plant. It prohibits weeds and keeps a steady higher soil temperature.

Sulfur

Out of the one hundred plus responses received from our request I would say nearly ninety percent of them used some method to make sure their peppers received more sulfur. Peppers love sulfur. One tip from Jen Fritz of KittyVista LLC likes to drop in a tablespoon of Epson salt (magnesium sulfate) into the hole where you will transplant your pepper plants. This allows for a timed release of sulfur for your plants. Another popular method which dated back to old time farmers was dropping two matches into the hole before planting.

If you are like most home vegetable gardeners then chances are you will at some point grow peppers. Use these tips above to maximize each pepper plant that you grow.

Accentuate Our Home With Gardening Gifts

Have you received gardening gifts during special occasions? Are you planning to make use of these gifts to utilize them at home? I have some suggestions on gardening gift ideas that you might have received and haven’t used it for awhile. These may not be the usual gifts that we receive during special days but we might be given some of these on our birthdays and Christmas. Who knows, right?

The first one would be the plant stand. This may not be the usual gift that we receive but this will eventually be one of our home and gardening decorations at home. The useful part is that we can just have some potted plants placed on it. We may have two or three potted plants on the plant stand to make it more beautiful. Bountiful flowering plants are ideal to maximize the usage of the gardening gift.

Next on my list would be hanging baskets. These baskets are simple but we may try to customize them and personalize the designs to make it suitable for our home theme. Using colorful flowers will surely make the basket look stunning. We may create a simple gardening ornament but it will be a great accent to our home.

Another home and gardening accent that we can add to our interior decoration are terrariums. As we all know, terrarium is made of glass and is actually an aquarium but was modified so that we can place live plants in it and attach it either on walls or hang it on the ceiling. There are different types of terrariums, the glass, globe and bubble terrariums. These three are made with the same materials but differs on design. All three have the option to hang on the ceiling or have it posted on the wall.

These gardening gifts are great for our home interior decoration if we just know how to make use of them. Let us see what you can do with your gifts to make your home decoration. Great decorating!

Home and Garden Television

The Home and Garden Television channel has quickly become one of the most popular cable television channels around today. The network was launched in 1994 and is currently owned by Scripps Network Interactive. Its headquarters are located in Knoxville, Tennessee. HGTV also has sister stations. They are the Weather Channel, Food Network, Fine Living, DIY Network, Great American Country and Weatherscan. HGTV airs a variety of programming tailored towards home remodeling, repair, decorating, designing, gardening and crafts.

HGTV airs such programs as “Sell This House,” “House Hunters,” Extreme Living” and “Weekend Warriors.” HGTV has over 100 different shows that are either currently airing or have aired previously dealing with the home and garden industry. Home and Garden Television has become a leading source for design, home improvement, remodeling and gardening tips for beginners and experts looking to upgrade the look and feel of their house and garden.

“House Hunters” is the highest rated television show airing on HGTV and it airs nightly at 10pm. The show’s host is Suzanne Whang. The host follows around a couple or family searching for a house to purchase. The show also includes different realtors. Each episode features three properties that the viewers are given a tour of. At the conclusion of the show the prospective buyer tells the host and the audience which of the three properties he/she decided to buy. The new owner then gives a tour of the newly bought house, explaining what renovations were made to the house prior to moving in. The show discloses where the properties are located and how much is being asked for each individual property.

One innovative show that has been airing on HGTV since 2006 has been “24 Hour Design.” “24 Hour Design” involves the renovation of a single room in a house occurring in less than one day. It usually takes around 10 hours or so to complete and the budget is set for $2,000. The host of the show, Angelo Surmelis, discusses with the owners of the home which room should be redesigned and how it should be done. In the final hour of the show the renovated room is revealed and an explanation is given as to what was done and for what reasons.

HGTV, like all other television networks around today, does air reality shows. Their most popular reality show currently airing is “Design Star.” “Design Star” involves the show’s contestants designing a room or filling empty space with unique items during each new episode. The unique items can be from a pet store, a mechanic shop or a discount store. The challenge is finding the best way to make the design look appealing to the eye even thought the items used might not be.

The Home and Garden Television Network has enough different programming for everyone’s different interests involving home and garden repair and design. With over 100 different shows to choose from, beginners and experts can benefit from watching the Home and Garden Television Network. HGTV: “Start at Home.”