I’ll start off saying the veggie garden looks really good this year. At first I started probably 100+ plants indoors and far from all of them survived. I wanted to start as many as possible from seed, I got several different varieties of peppers, tomatoes, and basil. I was going for a pesto salsa garden. At first they popped up indoors in peat pots, and looked really vigorous. They quickly started to dampen off or root rotted out, mostly lost peppers and basil. The tomatoes did not look good when I decided to transplant them outside.
It took a very long time for them to adjust, so long that we decided to also buy some starts. I don’t regret it because now I can compare the grow patterns of store bought starts and starting seeds indoor and outdoor. Tomatoes are so easy to grow, if you want to grow your own food get tomatoes. The store bought starts are great they come in many varieties and you don’t have to buy seeds to get the one you want, they also fruit faster. My seedlings have caught up to the store bought and they have a wonderful resistance to heat comparably. I don’t know how to say this but they are more ” nutrient adaptive” they show no sign of nutrient lock out or deficiency, they are greener with thicker stems no purple spotting or yellowing in the leaves, which in turn makes them more pest resistant. A couple are planted in the same bed for soil indication, no question the seed starts are all around healthier.
On to the peppers! Not such a good year here for peppers, but I also didn’t break down and buy pepper starts from the store, probably should have. I started 10 varieties indoors and they all popped up great. They hated the transplanting- I’m sure that wasn’t my only problem but I ended up with only 3, They are about 3 inches tall, next year I plan to start in slightly larger peat pots. And when planted in the bed mulch and a left over garlic mesh bag for bug protection, peppers were not easy for me. I’m not even completely sure what I did wrong. But it helps to keep doing it every year.
We also have garlic, onions, honeydews and one or two cantaloupe, parsley, oregano, thyme, cilantro, and more that has been here or popped up somewhere and decided to cultivate. The herbs are easy to grow but stubborn, I have been topping cilantro and such practically daily but the rabbits love the flower buds and cuts. All around its looking nice…