Pepper starts

I am convinced that those who offer opinions of vegetable growing simply look up other opinions and offer them as their own. Do this, don’t do that. But where’s the evidence? Repeat something often enough and it becomes truth. Well, as you might expect , but I don’t buy it.

For example, I’ve read it everywhere, even in reputable seed catalogs,  that peppers won’t germinate on time, or germinate at all, at temperatures below 80F.  Many  suggest using heating mats, or placing trays atop your fridge where it’s warm, but this is pure nonsense. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s still nonsense.  My room temps are 71F on a good day, and my peppers and eggplant are all up now, 10 days after sowing.

(Of course, since I don’t believe in rules, maybe neither do my seeds Cool)

Don’t listen to the doomsayers, people. Plant seeds. Just plant seeds.

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About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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One Response to Pepper starts

  1. Melanie says:

    My peppers always germinate just fine at room temperature and my house isn’t especially warm. “they” say lots of things that aren’t so.

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