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We’ve already established peppers as a staple for your home garden and even though they have enough flavors to add to your dishes, there’s still room for improvement. For a real garden treasure, you can try growing some jalapeno peppers.

These are delicious and adding just a bit of these will give your home cooking a burst of rich flavor that’ll have everyone asking for seconds. Aside from the basics, you’ll need seed trays, differently sized pots, and compost.

The seeds you’ll use can be bought from a farmer’s shop, or you can remove them from jalapeno peppers themselves. If you must remove jalapeno pepper seeds yourself, make sure you do it from a local variety that can thrive in your area.

Planting

Take the jalapeno seeds and plant them in a small pot or seed tray so that they can germinate. Don’t plant them too deep under the soil and water them enough to keep it slightly moist. At this stage, it’s best to keep your tray or pots in a dark area because excessive sunlight can cause trouble.

Transfer The Seedlings

Once the seeds have germinated and have grown out their small pots or tray, you can move them to a bigger pot that’s more suited to their size. Gently pick the seedling along with a little soil that surrounds the roots and then carefully plant it in a pot, making sure that it fits well. You’ll have to continue moving your plant to a bigger pot until it has almost become an adult-sized.

Transfer Your Plant

After your plant has reached a sub-standard size, it’s time to move it to your garden. Dig around the plant area carefully to avoid striking the roots and then plant it in your garden. Remember to keep a distance of at least 12 inches between each jalapeno pepper plant so that their roots don’t get tangled and hinder growth.

Water Them Well and Give Sunlight

Just like with all your other crops, you should be watering your jalapeno peppers well, at least once every day. If it’s too hard to keep up with daily watering, you can choose to do it every other day. As for sunshine, you don’t need to do much since they’re already in the garden, but just so you know; they need six hours of sunlight every day.

Add Compost and Weed The Soil

You’ll need to keep the soil weed-free and add a little organic matter to it as well if you intend to get ripe and spicy jalapenos for your harvest. Compost from mulch provides the root systems and soil with essential nutrients and gives the soil good texture as well.

Harvest Them

In about four months after the initial planting, your jalapeno peppers will be ready for harvest but it still depends on how hot you prefer them. If you’re looking for a real punch, pick them when they’re bright green as they’re very hot at this stage. However, if you prefer something a little mild and maybe even somewhat sweet, wait a little longer till they’ve gone red to pick them off.

Let’s just say that growing jalapeño peppers isn’t all that hard and now you won’t have to run to the store to get a pack when they’re growing in your garden. Happy Farming!

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Nail Care Tips for Common Problems

Whether you’re a gardener, homesteader, or a straight up farmgirl, we all share one thing: a love of the earth. Literally. Most of us are notorious for gardening, cleaning, and caring for livestock without any gloves on. It’s hardly surprising when our nails start to show wear and tear from our soil-loving lifestyle.

Chipped nails, broken nails, frayed or split nails. Sound familiar?  How about spots, lines or ridges along your nails? In many ways your nails are a window to your health. They say a lot about how you live. If your nails aren’t looking their best, then you might benefit from taking a closer look at how you care for your hands on the outside and care for your body on the inside. Here are a few nail care tips for keeping those gardening hands as pretty as possible!

Keep your nails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria or fungi from growing and causing infections under your nails.

Don’t bite or pick your nails. Biting and picking at your nails can cause stress fractures which can lead to breakage. Both habits also damage your nail bed. If you are too rough and cut along the area, you can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection in the area.

Keep your nails conditioned. Using a moisturizer, petroleum jelly, or castor oil can help keep your nails from drying out.

Want more tips on caring for your gardeners hands? You might like: 7 Hand and Nail Care Tips For Every Gardener!

Wear gloves! You know those yellow kitchen gloves and outdoor work gloves that you’ve been ignoring? Put them on when you’re working! Yard work, gardening, washing dishes and cleaning can leave your nails chipped, frayed, broken or exposed to harsh chemicals. Wearing gloves will protect your nails and hands from damage.

Optimize your nutrient intake. One of the best nail care tips that we can think of is one that benefits more than just your nails. Get on a clean eating kick! Weak and unhealthy nails can be a reflection of a nutritional deficiency. Try introducing some more Vitamin B and E as well as protein into your diet.

Your nails aren’t tools. Using your nails to pick, poke or pry things can damage your nails.

Use nail polish. Wearing nail polish protects your nails from damage. For best results, remove old nail polish after about ten days. Nontoxic nail polish only, please!

Avoid harsh chemicals. Chemicals such as acetone, formaldehyde and toluene can dry out your nails and make it difficult to maintain healthy and strong nails.

Try a brush-on nail strengthener. Nail strengtheners are composed of the same proteins as our nails.

While our nail care tips can usually help improve the appearance of your nails, see a doctor or dermatologist if you suffer from persistent nail problems that don’t go away on their own or are accompanied by other symptoms. It may be a sign of an underlying medical condition.


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