from babies to soldiers

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I started some seeds for the vegetable garden a few weeks ago and they are doing really well!  I don’t think I’ve ever had such great looking seedlings!  My babies are rapidly becoming soldiers!  (Although now that I’ve written that I don’t really think it’s the best description, perhaps adolescents?  I’m open to suggestions…)

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I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out why they are so lush this year.  Here are some of the things that I’ve done differently:

  • I used a heat mat to help aid in seed germination, removing after sprouting
  • for the peppers and tomatoes I’m using the rootrainer kit that my husband gave me for my birthday last year
  • I started the tomato and pepper seeds two weeks earlier than I have in the past, I just find that our yard gets minimal direct sun and if I start with stronger healthy plants then maybe they’ll do better once transplanted to their permanent homes outdoors

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This week I hope to transplant the tomatoes and peppers into four inch pots, I just need to get some screen from my local hardware store to line the bottoms.

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Heirloom Pepper Variety: Marconi red pepper

Heirloom Tomato Varieties: Black tomato, black plum tomato, Matt’s wild cherry tomato, mountain princess tomato, and brandywine.

In case you are wondering, I bought most of these seeds from Urban Harvest. They’re out of Toronto, which is nice because it’s not too far away, they have a good selection with great descriptions of the varieties (sometimes I think I need one of everything), and friendly customer service.

Which seeds have you started?

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