About four weeks ago when Andrew was around for spring break, we planted the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants in the 36-cell self-watering seedling tray. It only took a few days after we planted them for the tomatoes to poke through. The eggplant came next with the hot peppers, and finally the sweet peppers popped up.
We planted 2 seeds in each cell and have gotten pretty good germinations rates around 90%. This is just a guess since I didn’t keep count, but I really wish I would have, as tracking the statistics of my garden is something I have really gotten into (more on this in another post). In total we planted: 7 cells of roma tomatoes, 7 cells of patio princess hybrid tomatoes, 7 cells of California wonder sweet peppers, 7 cells of mixture sweet peppers, 4 cells of hot peppers, and 4 cells of black beauty eggplant. The tomatoes are thriving with their large true leaves, and everything else is starting to grow into their true leaves as well. It was a beautiful day outside yesterday, so I opened the window and let the plants get a taste of the real world. As the weather becomes warmer more consistently I will continue to harden the plants off. This will be a gradual introduction of the plants to outdoor conditions starting with just a taste of fresh air through the open window, then putting them outside for a few hours a day, and working up to leaving them outside over night. The goal is to get them in the ground in the first week of May (depending on the weather).
I am starting to think that maybe I should have planted more of each variety. There are 14 tomato plants and 14 sweet pepper plants, which is quite a bit, but after one of my Roma’s stem bent and almost broke, I am getting a little nervous about the survival rate. When I first bought the trays and the seeds, Andrew and I agreed that we were not going to go too crazy our first-time gardening. I feel like we have mostly stuck to that, however, as my upcoming post will show, our garden is quite large, and I can’t help but want to fill it up. It is going to be a great summer and we are going to eat well. More about our actual garden plot to come!