Peppers are an ancient crop native to Central and South America. Peppers add vibrant colour and flavour to countless dishes. Peppers, especially the red varieties, also provide substantial amounts of vitamins A and C. Growing Tips: Peppers must be started indoors 10 to 12 weeks prior to the last frost. As they are a heat-loving crop, ensure that the daytime temperature is maintained above 21°C until the seed has germinated. If possible, lower the night temperature to about 17°C. Prior to setting out, work some lime into the garden to provide calcium and adjust the soil pH to 6.0 – 6.5. When placing the transplants outside, set them 30-45cm (12-18”) apart and water well. An application of a Plant Starter fertilizer is beneficial to encourage quick rooting. Kozy Coats may be used to provide an earlier crop.