After years of growing peppers in small plots in the Southwest, we have developed a system that works well because it allows us to grow peppers with most of the other vegetables and herbs in the garden.
We use the following technique to grow seedlings for transplanting with excellent results. Although we use it in semi-arid New Mexico, it should work equally well in other parts of the country.
Fatalii peppers and their brethren fall into the capsicum chinense family. Those brethren would be the habanero, Scotch Bonnet, and Red Savina.
Watering a pepper garden may sound as easy as busting out a watering can or a garden hose but if your garden is larger than a couple of 4×4-ft raised boxes from Home Depot, well, you might want something more advanced, like the garden irrigation setups we’re going to discuss.
The habanero relatives that we have collected and planted over the years are but a small fraction of the total number of pod types in the species. However, they paint a fascinating picture of the world of this intriguing species of chile pepper.
Chile peppers and weeds make lousy roommates. In the plant kingdom, weeds are the lazy slobs and skeazy ne’er do-wells that make life hazardous to anyone around them.
Cold frames are the second most efficient environments for growing seedlings and probably the least expensive to construct and operate.