Cardboard gardening: pepper plant success

Earlier this year I posted about using a combination of cardboard and newspaper to turn some lawn into garden bed (see photo at bottom). This spring I dug holes just large enough to put in some tomato and pepper plants (the newspaper showing through is because it takes much longer for the cardboard and newspaper to biodegrade in the dry climates we have where I live in Colorado and other parts of the West). The pepperoncini pepper plant above demonstrates the success of this technique–it is growing strong, healthy and beginning to produce some nice peppers.


Pepperoncini peppers are those 2-4 inch light green peppers sometimes found on salad bars and also included as garnishments with sub sandwiches. Though often pickled they are also eaten raw. They are mildly hot while green though can turn hotter if left on the vine when they turn red in color. They are a good source of vitamin C and quite tasty.

My pepperoncini pepper plant is very productive as can be seen in the photo above. Lots of blossoms that are turning into little peppers (some of the small peppers still have part of the blossom from which they started still on the end of the pepper) with the help of the wonderful bee pollinators I welcome to my yard (I plant sunflowers near my vegetable plants to encourage bees to come pollinate them).

Topping with mulch.

You can find more articles on using cardboard in the garden in the Recycled Backyard section.

Have you tried cardboard (and/or newspaper) gardening?

Do you grow pepperoncini peppers?

  1. Lois Naasz says

    My tomato plants seem to be doing ok, but is it time to prune the new shoots, so the old stuff will ripen? I know, it’s only the beginning of July, but I’m in a hurry–LN

  2. Alexis Henry says

    My vegetable garden is located in what used to be a horse pasture, so you can about imagine the amount of noxious weeds I have. My work schedule is horrendous also, so trying to take care of my tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and squash is well to say the least…a little bit lacking. I am also raising chicks and goslings and their beginner brooders are made out of cardboard. So every week of few weeks I am making new brooding boxes. I use the chicken and goose poop covered cardboard in the garden around the vine plants and all the others. Great fertilizer PLUS weed control = Happy me!

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