Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 27th August2017.
I grow red capsicum plants each summer in a Small Ecobed.They are easy to grow, and can be harvested as an early green fruit or left to ripen to a beautiful bright red colour.
When flowers appear, I buzz pollinate them to ensure plenty of fruit is set, and usually harvest them when fully ripe.
I store my crop surplus in a chest freezer.
Capsicum are used in our household to add colour and flavour to soups and casseroles.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
I sow a capsicum seeds in each of 4 jiffy pots in an EcoPropagator.
When the seedlings are ready they are planted out in the prepared bed in their jiffy pots.
Capsicum are self pollinating, however the pollen grains are securely held on
the plants anthers. Moderate vibration will release this pollen and
often a strong breeze will be enough.
Bumble bees buzz pollinate capsicum by grabbing the flower and
vibrating their flight muscles vigorously. Honey bees don't use this
technique and consequently they are not very efficient pollinators of capsicum plants.
mainland Australia where there are no bumble bees, we must rely on native bees
(like the blue banded bee) or the wind. Both are unreliable in suburban
gardens, and barriers like greenhouses and pest exclusion netting make the problem worse.
To ensure a good fruit set, buzz pollinate them by hand. I do this using an electric toothbrush. See related video.
Harvesting and Storage.
Capsicum can be harvested from December onward.
Pick some capsicum early while still green. This encourages more flowers, but leave some to ripen to their beautiful red livery.
Capsicum can be stored, chopped into small cubes (skin on), in the freezer afterremoving seeds .
I blanch them in boiling water for 2 minutes and cool them rapidly in
cold water. I dry them and pack them into resealable plastic bags for
storage in my chest freezer.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.