In spite of feeling an urgency to get my plants in the garden — I’ve really tried to pay attention to what the weather and the plants are saying rather than hurry things along.
I’ve started my warm weather crops with variations of the wintersown method and with excellent results. The seedlings are healthy, green, robust and growing! (You know my past experience with pepper seedlings. ) So I’m trying to pay attention to how the seedlings are reacting to different variables.
My first peppers were planted March 18th. (I’ve already started more.) I planted in cell packs, put the cell packs in a flat and brought it inside to germinate — which was about two weeks plus.
Then two days later I transplanted 3 to a jug prepared in the wintersown fashion and put them outside. On April 15th I removed the top part of several jugs and left them exposed to the air on warm days and under my coldframe during that cold rainy spell we had. I left the other jugs closed and out in the open.
I noticed today that the peppers still in the jugs are almost twice as big as the ones that have had the tops of the jugs removed — even though they’ve been under the coldframe.
I think that pretty much confirms what we knew already —that peppers like warm weather and when we try to push them along they just sit there and don’t grow until conditions change. Also it shows me that those jugs make amazing little greenhouses!
All my observations may not make a bit of difference in the end result. But I’m sure am enjoying experimenting with different variations of the wintersown method.
I wonder where I’m going to put all these peppers?
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