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    Posted: 12 March 2018 at 10:50
Tomatoes and Peppers - 2018

On Sunday, 11 March, I started my tomatoes and peppers for 2018. This is a day later than when I am "supposed" to do it, but that's okay.

I was going to start them in Dixie cups, but my teenage-son, Roger, actually showed a little bit of interest in this project and got this for me:



He also got a bag of this soil, so I gave it a try:



Since I had 32 "cells," I started 32 plants. I went through the seeds that I have on hand, and planted a fair variety. some of the seed is pretty old, stretching back to 2011, so I planted a few extra seeds and will hope for the best. Altogether, I planted at least 4 seeds in each cell; when things (hopefully) start growing, I'll thin down the cells to one plant each.

Here is what I planted:

2 cells of Peperone Piccante a Cuore - 2011 seed
2 cells of Spanish Cherry Peppers - 2011 seed
3 cells of Hungarian Paprika peppers - 2013(?) seed
2 cells of Hungarian Yellow Wax Peppers - 2018 seed
2 cells of Cayenne Pepper - 2018 seed
2 cells of Mr. Hawkins Tomato - 2016 seed
2 cells of Brandywine Pink Tomato - 2015 seed
2 cells of Colonial American Yellow Pear Tomato - 2013(?) seed
2 cells of Black Krym Tomato - 2016 seed
2 cells of Purple Russian Tomato - 2016 seed
2 cells of Southern Nights Tomato - 2016 seed
2 cells of Black Cherry Tomato - 2016 seed
3 cells of San Marzano Tomato - 2016 seed
2 cells of Large Red Cherry Tomato - 2011 seed
2 cells of Black Plum Tomato - 2016 seed

One that is not on the list is the Riesenstraube Tomato; I bought seed for it last year, but it was out at my parents' house, so I asked my dad to plant 4 plants of this, because I really enjoyed this German Cherry Tomato last year.

Obviously, I am going to need to update my seed stock. Anything that is older than 2015 was either used up (planting a few extra) or discarded (after planting a few extra). If anything grows, I'll save those seeds, and will order some new seed over the winter, if necessary.

To plant the seeds, I filled the cells with soil and then added water; the soil is very, very dry, of course, so it took some time to fully hydrate the soil and the starting strips. I should have put the soil that I would need in some sort of container and added water to it, before putting it in the cells. This would have saved a lot of time, mess and effort, and I'll be sure to do that in the future.

Currently, the starting strips are sitting on a ridged tray in a room that is (hopefully) safe from cats and dogs and at a fairly-constant 70 degrees. I don't have a heating pad, but am considering getting one. The tray is loosely covered with black plastic - which will be removed when the first seedlings come up - and is sitting near a south-facing window, which is wholly inadequate for light this time of year. By the time the seedlings first poke through the soil, I'll retrieve my lighting set-up, which will put fluorescent light on the tray.
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This is more for my own reference than anything else:



(TOP)
01 05 09 13 17 21 25 29
02 06 10 14 18 22 26 30
03 07 11 15 19 23 27 31
04 08 12 16 20 24 28 32
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01 - Peperone Piccante a Cuore
02 - Spanish Cherry Peppers
03 - Hungarian Paprika Peppers
04 - Hungarian Yellow Wax Peppers
05 - Peperone Piccante a Cuore
06 - Spanish Cherry Peppers
07 - Hungarian Paprika Peppers
08 - Hungarian Yellow Wax Peppers
09 - Cayenne Pepper
10 - Mr. Hawkins Tomato
11 - Brandywine Pink Tomato
12 - Colonial American Yellow Pear Tomato
13 - Cayenne Pepper
14 - Mr. Hawkins Tomato
15 - Brandywine Pink Tomato
16 - Colonial American Yellow Pear Tomato
17 - Black Krym Tomato
18 - Purple Russian Tomato
19 - Southern Nights Tomato
20 - Black Cherry Tomato
21 - Black Krym Tomato
22 - Purple Russian Tomato
23 - Southern Nights Tomato
24 - Black Cherry Tomato
25 - San Marzano Tomato
26 - San Marzano Tomato
27 - Large Red Cherry Tomato
28 - Black Plum Tomato
29 - San Marzano Tomato
30 - Hungarian Paprika Peppers
31 - Large Red Cherry Tomato
32 - Black Plum Tomato

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HistoricFoodie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2018 at 11:34
One thing to keep in mind, Ron. Because of how they're made, most garden plants like tomatoes and peppers have trouble getting their roots through them. So, when you transplant, be sure and peel away the pot material, especially the bottom, so the roots have somewhere to grow.
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Will do - Thanks!
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My sister's promised me some Orange Peruche plants. They're my absolute favorite tomato.
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I have never heard of those, so I looked them up. They sure look good!
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Originally posted by TasunkaWitko TasunkaWitko wrote:

I have never heard of those, so I looked them up. They sure look good!


They are! Really sweet, and great for snacking.
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Once again I am attempting to garden in an Alaskan rainforest.  So far I am having more success than usual:
Rhubarb is growing like weeds.  Between leaving for work and getting home I can see a difference every day but rhubarb really likes growing here.  I "stole" a big pot of rhubarb last fall from a house that was being sold and had to be cleared out. 
Image result for skagway rhubarb
With any luck I'll get maybe 3 cuttings this year.

I have another large yard pot of potatoes.  last year I had some success with Yukon Golds yielding maybe 5-10lbs.  This year I am trying much larger baking russets that aggressively sprouted eyes on me.   I would not expect them to thrive this far north but they are also growing like weeds.  We are already have about 20 hours from beginning of twilight to dark.  We get so much rain here that most plants require raised beds.  I am pretty much out of yard that gets enough sunlight now. 

Although I have never grown a single tomato here I am trying again.  I bought some norther heirloom seeds that are supposed to mature in 58 days and they are about 2" today.  I do not know anyone who really manages tomatoes without a green house so we will see.  My neighbor has a green house that is some how set just right between our 200' yard trees to stay in sunlight and he has not even opened the door since moving in last year.  Not much of a home body.  He is hard to catch or I might wheel & deal a little.  I have planter stairs in the back yard so that is where I intend to move the tomatoes soon.  Maybe put some sheet metal behind them to reflect a little more light. 
I cheated and bought a large tomato plant that was already growing tomatoes just yesterday.  I may make it a house plant.  IF it yields even 3 tomatoes I break even over buying them at the store here. 
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That's some incredible rhubarb!
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