Friday, January 27, 2012
Companion Planting with Sweet Peppers
Sweet peppers have a few companion plants that will help them in the growing season.
Basil: this plant helps sweet peppers by repelling flies and mosquitoes and also by promoting growth and flavor of the peppers.
Parsley: attracts the beneficial parasitic wasps and hover-flies that help the sweet pepper stay healthy.
Okra: this plant shades the peppers from being burned by the sun and also helps to keep wind off the fragile stems.
Avoid planting sweet peppers near fennel, kohlrabi, and apricot trees.
When harvesting, it is best to cut peppers off using pruning shears, rather than breaking the stem.