Vegetable production: Getting your soil right for bell peppers

Here’s some expert advice on the cultivation of bell, or sweet, peppers and how to prepare your soil to produce healthy yields. CULTIVATION Bell pepper seed can be sown directly into the field, but commercial farmers prefer to transplant seedlings bought from vegetable seedling growers or prepared by themselves. Sowing…

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Vegetable production: An introduction to planting healthy bell peppers

The bell pepper is a healthy vegetable and can be utilised in its raw or cooked state. Its subtle taste adds flavour to many dishes. It is the only Capsicum that does not produce capsaicin, the chemical that gives other chillies their hot, fiery taste. The bell pepper is an…

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New farmer finds quick returns from capsicum

Eric Mungai, 'n professional art director who had a thriving career in the United States, gave all that up to return to Kenya to start farming capsicum. He did his research and chose peppers as a cash crop that brings a quick return. And it worked out for him. This…

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Vegetable production: Heat up your cash flow with chillies

Chillies are fairly easy to grow in field conditions and they are a healthy addition to most meals. Here are some production tips to ensure robust, productive plants. As a general rule, the smaller, narrower and darker the chilli, the greater is its flavour. The tip of a chilli is…

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