Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 26, 2021 14:43:25 GMT -5
I started hardening off my tomatoes today - just 90 min, in somewhat cool (56° when put out) and breezy, but I have had an oscillating fan, on and off on a timer for a while, to help strengthen the plants against the wind. Hard to believe these were only planted 3 weeks ago! And only 3 days older than that photo on 4-23! Pinky Blast (a compact variety) was the smallest - only about 3", hidden in this somewhere. Beginning to harden off the tomatoes, on 4-26 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
The extended forecast shows no signs of cold weather in the beginning of May, like last season. Still a couple of nights in the high 40s left in April, but most nights are well into the 50s - even maybe ok for slightly early peppers.
Tomatoes have been outside the last few days. I'm seriously considering putting them in the ground. The forecast next 10-12 days look favorable, and I would have them in the ground by then anyway. Protection with milk jugs always works, I've never lost a plant due to chilly surprise temps. Peppers too.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 27, 2021 11:18:54 GMT -5
Tomatoes are out again, for a couple of hours, and there is no wind, but intense sun! I might set the large peppers out, too. I set my timer to remind me to bring them in...now, hopefully I'll remember what the timer is for, when it goes off!
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 28, 2021 15:35:58 GMT -5
It looked like I was going to be able to able to plant the tomatoes early, but now I see some windy conditions here the next few days. Later today it got over 20 mph, but I brought them and the peppers in before it got too hot - 88° now.
Post by gardendmpls on Apr 28, 2021 21:08:10 GMT -5
Still in the low sixties here. Have already put the brassicas outside and today re-potted some seedling tomatoes and put them on the porch. Little earlier than usual, but have a higher germination rate this year and not enough room under the lights.
Abigail, all 9 kids grown and 23 little gardeners.
Still itchin to start planting tomatoes. I thought about it, but held off. Cool days and chilly nights until mid month, so this time I made the right decision. Brother keeps poking me...wanting to know why I haven’t planted them. I bet Grandpa Bill did the same thing.
Brother spends a lot of time keeping his babies warm, after he plants them out way too early.
I think I’ll spend some time getting the tomato cages and rebar supports where they need to be. It’s a cool, sunny beautiful day.
Gardening like I'm gonna live forever, right here in central Iowa. Posting since 2008.
Post by pepperhead212 on May 7, 2021 14:25:29 GMT -5
Two more tomatoes planted today - the Wee Tang Shebang gold cherries. In 6 days the stalks got much thicker, and ready to plant. Still 5 left, though I might not plant all of them - some just are not growing fast, so I may replace those with some of the stronger varieties, that I have extras of.
Post by centralilrookie on May 7, 2021 22:31:46 GMT -5
First time out in the sun for my peppers and tomato starts. With this being my first attempt at starting my own plants I’m somewhat pleased with the results. Many thanks to everyone for sharing their knowledge and experiences with me!
Post by pepperhead212 on May 8, 2021 16:31:05 GMT -5
I have a tomato flowering already! All cherries/grapes, of course, but the only open one is not the 42 day, but the Kustengold, which is also the fastest growing, even with these cool nights. It had no blossoms started in the pots - only two of the 42 days had some of those, which I pulled from one, to see if it would make a difference. Now, both look about the same size, and about the same number of buds on the one I cleaned them from. The Kustengold started budding about 3 days ago, and one is open now! After seeing how fast it grew, I planted the other "extra" I had, instead of one of those slowpokes I have. Another that is growing well - very dark green, and a few flower buds, as well - is the Cherry Brownie I planted. I think I have 2 extras of those. Nothing visible on the Sunsugars (my usual first ripe ones), and they aren't growing as fast as those others. The tomatillos started out really fast, but these others have taken off! Kustengold Grape tomato, one of the largest in a week of cool weather, 5-7. by pepperhead212, on Flickr