I started basil and tomato seedlings a few weeks ago in Jiffy peat pellets. The Mammoth basil seedlings are doing well, and the cherry tomatoes are coming along nicely. The lime basil is a bit slower to germinate and grow but they are doing good too. It looks like my Beefsteak tomato seeds were duds though… not one inkling of a sprout yet.
I thinned down the Mammoth basil yesterday, and will have to do it again soon. They grew a little better than I expected. I always feel bad culling out some of the seedlings, but it has to be done.
Cherry tomatoes are a staple in our house so a few of these will end out making it to the garden. Since, my Beefsteak tomato seeds haven’t sprouted, I will probably buy a couple well established nursery heirloom tomato plants for variety.
Here in Southern New England we still have quite some time before the danger of frost passes. So these little seedlings will be hanging out with us in the house for awhile, yet. I will make them some newspaper pots to be repotted into in a couple weeks. That will tie in well with my new composting agenda.
I’m holding off on starting the zucchini and mesclun greens for the moment. I usually direct seed the lettuce mixture anyway. Since I gave up my big vegetable garden for my daughter to use as a play space, I plan on putting in a raised bed, and supplementing it with some large planters. I have quite a few herbs mixed into my flower beds, but will be expanding my herbal selection this year. The variety will be great for use on my food blog. Number one will be replacing my Lemon Thyme. It is one of my favorite herbs for cooking, and mine died last year 🙁
How is your garden progress going? Did you start any seedlings, or will you be using nursery stock?