If you do use the peat pellets, follow the directions on the package. Use two or three seeds per pellet. Keep the seeded containers in an area with good air movement to prevent disease and out of direct sunlight. Check the containers each day to determine if additional water is needed and when you do need to add some, add warm water. When the first seeds sprout, if using the peat pellets, prop the dome open a little. The tomatoes should sprout first, probably within a week to ten days. The other seeds will follow along within a couple more days. When all of the seeds have sprouted, if using the peat pellets, remove the dome and place in a sunny location. After the first leaves appear, cut back all except for the strongest seedling in each pellet. Place outside in the shade for two to three days and gradually expose to full sunlight.
I have another week or so to complete the planting beds. Check back for additional posts and pictures of the planting beds once they have been planted. It is my pleasure to be a part of this wonderful community garden project. Good growing everyone !!!
Dianne Reed is the Beekman Deputy Heirloom Gardener for Zone 10. She lives in Boynton Beach, Florida with her husband, Daniel, Bichon Frise Dog, Bentley and Amazon Parrot, Jasper.
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