Container Gardening: How to Grow Peppers and Basil in a Pot
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I had planned a container gardening post using lettuces called Salad in a Pot. Unfortunately, I waited too long and it got too warm to put pots of lettuces on my deck. My current lettuces are already bolting. Salad in a Pot will have to be a fall gardening post.
Fortunately, container gardens are not limited to lettuces only and I needed to plant my peppers and basil. Most of my peppers are in the big garden, but I love having basil and peppers close to my back door. They are easy to grow and can be used in many different ways. So, today, it’s Peppers and Basil in a Pot.
I once saw an episode of Martha Stewart where she was washing out terracotta pots in preparation for planting. I’ll let you guess whether this was my first step.
I will tell you that I tossed out the first 8″ of old potting soil and put some fresh organic potting mix into my pot. After that, I planted a jalapeno in the center.Then, I planted two Thai Basil’s across from each other and two Purple Ruffles Basil’s across from each other.
The Purple Ruffle Basil is hard to see against the dark soil, but it looks so pretty when it matures.
Pretty soon, I will have basil and peppers right next to my parsley and dill. I love containers full of easy-to-grow things right at my fingertips. I can just pop outside and grab a few things to flavor whatever I’m cooking.
What could be easier. I really should call this, Flavors in a Pot.