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I try to get my summer vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and tomatillos started in the Mid-March to April 1st time period. I do not rush them into the ground as they like to go into warm soil so my target is about Memorial Day to plant.
I started peppers and eggplant first. They grow slower initially and I do not have a ton of space under lights right now due to working from home. The technique is demonstrated in the Seed Starting Video.
I will start seeds in 4″ and 2.5″ pots and then transplant them in to cell packs later. They could be started in cells or smaller pots right off the bat, but I have limited space under lights at home.
CLICK HERE to see a Transplanting Video to demonstrate how I will seperate them into individual cells in the next couple of weeks once they germinate and get a little growth.
I check every day although I do not expect germination any faster than about a week. I will start my tomatoes and tomatillos in the next few days once I get some space under my lights by putting some more transplants out in my container garden.
Container Garden Update: From Last Weeks Post on Planting Spring Seeds
I had wrapped up the container garden with double row cover after also adding a layer of bird netting. I bird netting keeps out the squirrels who would eat all my produce instantaneously. The row cover was for frost protection as we had some nights in the 20s this past weekend.
I will replace harvested produce with more transplants that are under the lights right now. That will free up space to start the tomatoes.
Hopefully my community garden will get plowed on time this season. It will depend on the rainfall as wet clay soil cannot be worked without creating problems. Then I can get more seeds as well as the transplants under the lights in the ground.