Very exciting times, these. On the interior seedling front, I have gotten about 20 Pig Pen tomato seedlings to sprout – and about 4 are already showing their true first leaves (the distinct three-pointed leaves). Of the ones that my cat has not grazed on, I have several that already look very hardy and stout. Pig Pen tomatoes are an indeterminate heirloom variety that my friend’s in-laws found one summer growing in their pig pen. They recalled that they gave their pigs a few bushels of tomatoes they could not eat, and voila! The pigs ate them, and fertilized them … you can connect the dots. Anyway, they are meaty, hearty, large, tasty tomatoes. And right now they are starting their season on my kitchen table.
I used a coat hanger wire and saran wrap to build a pseudo greenhouse which helped incubate the seeds. After they sprouted, I watered them with worm tea from my worm farm and turned their tray daily to avoid permanent lean towards the window.
Unfortunately, I have had very bad luck with my hot peppers. I used yard compost for the tomatoes and jiffy mix for the peppers. Both were seeds I dried from my fall harvest.
Out in the yard, I already planted two rows of lettuce, a row of cabbage, and two of bok choy. I also put in a row of sugar peas.