We started hardening the off last week- hope to plant them out in the garden around the 15th- last frost date is april the 8th here in Arkansas. The above tomato plants are Brandywine Red, Cherokee Purple and Jubilee. Brandywine is commonly found in plant stores. The yellow cherry tomatoes are already in the sunshine today along with the better boys. My thoughts are to use use cages for some tomatoes and part staking to get an idea of which method I prefer. Any comments from those with experience??? Thinking air circulation would be better for those staked although more work involved in trying them up as the grow. Very humid here in the summer.
Today we transplanted our pepper seedlings and the aunt ruby german green and box car willie tomatoes. Kicking myself that I chose a mix color packet of bell pepper seedlings- I am in love with the red - the packet we planted had green, red, yellow, orange and purple. Thinking I will grab a red bell at the store to make certain I have them- we are having shrimp and red bell pepper sauce for dinner tonight and at last Friday's pizza party- one of the guests brought red bell peppers- mine never made it to my pizza- are they ever good just plain raw!! Still I do hope to have some purple come up as well- next year might have to buy in individual packets.
Here you can see the impatiens that are in need of pricking out this week- if you are thinking I probably had some help sprinkling the seeds - you would be correct. Hoping this will tolerate the eastern side of our home's front- although I have noticed the sun is still shining in that bed as late as 2 pm- crossing my fingers the trees filter enough sunlight for them to thrive.
Wish us luck and good weather. Still have zinnia seeds (around 100) and basil and sage to deal with. Will add that this project and ongoing gardening will play a big part in our homeschooling for this summer. Just think of all those cool vocabulary words and brining in math and science. Don't worry- she will get a week off each month in May, June and July.