Finally set out a few of my plants today for a few hours. Everything is looking good with the exception of the tomatoes. I have a few that are hanging on for dear life. I lost 3 Cherokee Purple, but started a few more last week. They've sprouted and doing well. Hopefully I will have better luck with these.
My peppers are doing great. I have 20 cayenne, Hungarian wax, chili, and jalapeno that look healthy and are ready to go. Two sweet minis are finally taking off. I will definitely have to start those earlier next year. I didn't realize how slow they are to grow. When the packet states to start them in February that's what they mean!
Here's a few of my tomato plants, a beefsteak and Hillbilly. I have a few others that are doing well, but others are struggling to make it. Not sure what has happened with the tomatoes, as I provided the same care and maintenance for all of them. Next year, I will plant far more that I need to ensure that I don't have to start over. I'm sure somebody at the office will take the extra off my hands. I still have a few weeks to see how they progress. I won't put my garden in until the end of May and may stagger the planting through mid-June. We've gotten frost in these parts in the middle of May. So my philosophy is, when it's warm enough to swim it's warm enough to put the garden in.
The squash, zucchini, watermelon and pumpkins are doing great. I need to get them in the ground soon. My guest room is starting to look like a jungle. I've had to move most of them out of the pots and into these Hefty cups. Thanks to Granny at Annie's Kitchen Garden, I used her idea of punching holes in the bottom of the cups with a glue gun. We drink out of these cups regularly because Mama don't have time to be washing dishes all day, so we have plenty of plastic cups around. The hot glue gun works wonderfully for the holes, and they're nice and deep and strong. Perfect for the plants once they take off.
This was my first year starting seedlings. I have to say, I really had a great experience. I'm learning bunches visiting your blogs and taking a tip here and there. Next year, I'll start the peppers and tomatoes a little earlier and the squash and zuchinni a little later. I need to invest in another 4 foot grow light, other than that I'm getting the hang of things.