Sunday, May 8, 2011

First Day Out!

On Saturday, I began hardening off the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants. Their first day outside was spent under the protective shade of a patio umbrella.



There was a light breeze for most of the morning. I was outside doing gardening chores most of the day and kept checking on them to be sure they were watered and not stressed.




By early afternoon, the wind picked up as a cold front began moving into the area. The sky darkened with the threat of a thunderstorm, so K helped me move the plants back inside to the safety back under the lights in the basement.

As I settled the plants under the lights, I found that the tomatoes grew significantly in the short time they were outside. I had to raise the lights so they would fit back on the shelves.

8 comments:

  1. Wow, very awesome indeed! So, checking on them during the hardening off process. That's the step I missed. The other is not having a light system I can use easily after the hardening off process is started. I really need a set-up in the garage but have no spot for one.

    Very nice seedlings! Congrats!

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  2. They're looking good!! So close to being set free!

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  3. Nice looking plants! My tomatoes have rebounded somewhat, but the cold weather really took a toll on them. Surprisingly, my peppers fared much better. I think they look better than any I've grown in the past.

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  4. Sinfonian: I worry about my seedlings the first few days of the hardening off process. I don’t want the foliage to be burned by the sun or wind and I want to be sure their pots don’t dry out. The first few days they are sheltered from harsh wind and sun, watered when needed, and brought in at night. Over time they are exposed to increased sun and wind and eventually left outside overnight.

    Holly: Yes, it won’t be long now until they are transplanted to the garden. I will wait until around Memorial Day for the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.

    Granny: I hope your tomatoes rebound. Two years ago we experienced the wettest summer on record. My peppers did really well that year. They pouted for a while in the beginning when it was so cold, but they flourished when the temperatures increased.

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  5. They are looking great....my peppers were outside today for their first day and are now in the garage....the marigolds though did not like being transplanted at all...we shall hope all come through this ordeal...I hope mine fair as well as yours seem to be doing...I plan to plant the peppers under cover this coming weekend a full 2 weeks early...the cover should protect them as it has protected the early veggies...

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  6. Arrgg another blogger 503 error. I have so many places that I just couldn't post because of that error recently. Anyway I was trying to say my slow to germinate tomatoes and some of the peppers finally got out today. I have a really nice spot at the bottom of my steps that get some morning sun, but then is behind a lattice most of the day. It is partly protected from the wind. It seems to be a great place for them. I've yet to have them get sunburned their. They live there for a couple days then start to move out to the real world more.

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  7. Your plants look really good Rachel. I'm in the same boat as Granny. My peppers this year are the nicest I have ever grown. My later maters are getting better....but still not as good as I have always grown in the past.

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  8. Those are some happy campers! Isn't it amazing how much tomatoes will grow in a day if given warmth and sunshine?

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