PEPPERS. I have noticed if I till a 3 cu ft bale of peat moss into my bell pepper row the plants grow very large they are typically 6 ft tall at the end of the growing season and bell peppers are 4 and 5 inch diameter. I want the soil to be about 50/50 peat moss and soil. If I grow the plants in soil along the pepper plants all stay very small sometimes they are only 1 ft tall by the end of the growing season and bell peppers are the size of golf balls. Compost helps but its not as good as peat moss. I have read peat moss makes the soil acid. Banana peppers are giant about the size of a real banana. Chili peppers like peat moss too. Do peppers like acid soil or do they have an easier time growing roots in soft soil?
HERBS. I have noticed if I till in a 3 cu ft bale of peat moss into my 4 x 8 herb garden all the herbs grow very large plants. I tilled in a large quantity of compost one year to compair what happens but peat moss always works best.
POTATOES. I tilled peat moss into the soil for potatoes but the potatoes don't seem to care. The crop was no different than usually.
TOMATOES. If I till a lot of peat moss into the soil my tomato plants grow 6 ft tall. I also seem to have more tomatoes with better flavor. I have tried plant compost but peat moss always works best.
Peat moss always seems to be much better than plant compost. Why do plants do so well in peat moss there must be something their they like?
The plants that like peat moss the best are peppers and herbs. The soil in TN is pretty bad, hard as stone in dry weather and very little organic material. I have had the soil tested many times they always say, add lime, organic material, manure, fertilizer, nitrogen. I always add a little lime especially to the tomatoes, organic material and sometimes a little 15/15/15 fertilizer. Manure is hard to get sometimes.