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Farmers Weekly
Managing peppers through to maturity

As noted last week, the balance between fruit set and leaf volume can have a major effect on the yield and bearing pattern of a pepper plant through its lifetime.
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Choose your markets

Younger farmers might find it hard to believe that their fathers had essentially one marketing option for fresh produce – the markets.
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Preparing and planting capsicums

Basic fertilisation for capsicums should be adjusted according to a good soil analysis. If you don’t do this, you’ll waste fertiliser and perhaps exacerbate already unbalanced soil fertility.
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Fruit and vegetable production with the neighbours

A few years ago, I wrote about the development of fruit and vegetable production in our neighbouring countries – specifically Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
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Raising capsicum seedlings

Capsicum seedlings need to be treated differently from other kinds of seedling.
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Fresh produce news

I never cease to be amazed at the versatility of fresh fruit and vegetables, and this week I want to move away from the market floor for a moment and share some news snippets I’ve come across recently.
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Producing capsicum seedlings in soil beds

The usual way to grow chillies and peppers is to plant the seed in cavity seed trays with a good growing medium.
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Prices continue upwards

High(er) prices might sound like good news for farmers, but it certainly won’t be for beleaguered consumers (who include all of us) as they struggle with increases on a wide front.
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Understanding chilli pungency

The pungency or ‘burn’ of a chilli is the result of a complex combination of capsaicinoids that have a different effect depending on which are present and in what combination.
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(Mis)managing Markets

Regular readers of this column will know that I’m ascerbic in my criticism of municipalities controlling and managing fresh produce markets.
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