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Tomatoes and Peppers - 2018

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    Posted: 12 March 2018 at 11:52

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 Krim 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.



Edited by TasunkaWitko - 12 March 2018 at 14:11
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Ron,

  A few peppers from my early planting are already up.  They are Garden Salsa and Margaret's (a Hungarian type from Jungs).  I will plant more peppers and some special varieties of tomatoes in 2 weeks when I get back from a family vacation.  They are---Goliath hybrid early bush, Stellar Hybrid, Giant garden paste, and Gurney Girl's Best.  Most bedding plants are readily available here  in Missoula (The Garden City).  I mostly plant Goliath tomatoes.  I also plant about 30 bell peppers of various colors and some medium hot Anaheim type for chili.
  Onion plants from Dixondale Onion Farms will be here and ready to plant immediately upon my return from MYGAWDS.   I consolidate a group order for more than 30 bunches of 5 dozen each of  8 different varieties.
  Our snow is mostly gone now and it's time to clear out my unheated greenhouse for my early planting.
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