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can my metal boxes be the problem?

Post  Ratashak on 3/30/2011, 6:04 pm

Hi, folks!

I've been wondering if my metal boxes could be the reason my peppers don't do anything. Does anyone know if the metal could do this?

My hubby made the boxes--he's got the metal tools, but not much into lumber. Lots of things grow well, such as peas, beans, radishes, lettuce...but the peppers--puny and late and sparse.

I did a history search first, being new to the group, I thought maybe someone had asked before--couldn't find anything.

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Post  boog1 on 3/30/2011, 7:57 pm

what kinda metal we talk'n, stainless,aluminum,deck plate,brass?? aint sure i ever heard of anyone using metal as a sfg box.

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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 3/30/2011, 8:41 pm

I don't know what would allow peas, lettuce, etc to grow, but squelch peppers. This is a good question. Is there a Plant Doctor in the house?

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Re: can my metal boxes be the problem?

Post  laurieann on 3/30/2011, 8:54 pm

I've had trouble growing tomatoes and peppers here in the Pacific Northwest because of our shorter growing season. Might that be your issue? Both are sun and heat lovers.

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Re: can my metal boxes be the problem?

Post  genes on 3/30/2011, 11:36 pm

Hi There!

I must had to check where you are located. Zone 5 and perhaps near 4?

I would suggest insufficient heat throughout the growing season.

If ins doubt, I would suggest a barrier of plastic between MM and steel box, but I much suspect lack of heat.

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Post  cabinfever on 3/31/2011, 8:13 am

I've been reading a lot books on container growing, and the only problem with metal is that it holds heat like crazy.

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Post  Ratashak on 3/31/2011, 11:43 am

I will rest easy about the metal because if its known problem is retaining heat and a problem with growing peppers is lack of heat, I guess it could only help. I'll try again this year in the metal boxes--and they're sheets of steel if I'm not mistaken--that's what you get when your husband does metal work for a living Wink

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Post  Odd Duck on 3/31/2011, 11:53 am

I would guess lack of heat, too. My peppers will start producing fairly early down here, but produce better later in the year. You may not have a long enough growing season to get to their max production stage? If you have a spot where you can put the peppers up against the south side of a house/building/fence, and the closer the better, that would probably give you much better production. Reflected sun and heat, as well as radiant heat through the night. I've used large rocks on the northeast side of tender perennials to help get them through the winter. Maybe you could use the same idea in the summer to boost your peppers?

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Post  Blackrose on 3/31/2011, 12:00 pm

I don't think it's lack of heat or too short of a growing season. I had no trouble growing peppers here last year. Just make sure you have them in a location that gets lots of sun all day.

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Post  laurieann on 3/31/2011, 1:49 pm

A tip given me by an old-timer to extend my tomato growing season was to dig deeper than needed, fill the bottom of the hole with grass clippings, cover with soil, and plant on top. He said the heat generated from the decomposing clippings would allow one to plant a little earlier and give the seedling a better start. Wonder if this would work for peppers also...

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Post  Ratashak on 4/2/2011, 5:42 pm

Others in my zone get better results with peppers. Wish I could say it was the zone's fault Smile My beds are in a very sunny south side of the building spot. I'll bet when I put my new Mel's mix in this year (cats soiled old mix beyond hope) the peppers will thrive!

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Post  CindiLou on 4/2/2011, 7:36 pm

By any chance did you put any of the onion family around the peppers? I found out last year they do not like them. Mine that were by onions did not produce until after I harvested the onions then they went to town!

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Post  walshevak on 4/2/2011, 9:38 pm

Thanks for that info. I just made a note in my garden plan to harvest that square of onions first for salads as I start to put the sweet peppers in.

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Post  CindiLou on 4/2/2011, 11:38 pm

I haven't found on any list that other than peas or beans should be avoided by onions, it is just something I noticed last year. I had two pepper plants..one by the onion square, one on the opposite side of the bed. The one by the onions didn't even set buds till the onions came out! Humm, maybe I watch my garden too much!

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