Editor’s note: I wrote this article as a freelancer for Chowhound.com (then owned by CBS Interactive). This piece was published by Chowhound.com on Aug. 27, 2020. I uploaded a portion of the article to my online portfolio on April 22, 2021.

Interested in adding more variety to your garden? Here’s how to grow and harvest peppers at home.

If you’re like us, you love the crisp crunch of biting into a perfectly ripe sweet pepper—and the burn of a hot chile pepper too.

Since they’re just so yummy—but can get a bit pricey when buying them from the supermarket—we decided to commission the advice of Niki Jabbour, author of “The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener,” to walk us through some pointers on how to grow peppers at home.

If you are thinking about planting peppers, it’s important to take into account which time of year they thrive.

“Peppers are heat-loving vegetables that should be transplanted into the garden or containers once the last frost date has passed in late spring,” Jabbour says.

She adds: “Keep newly planted seedlings well watered the first few weeks to encourage a dense root system.”

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