Friday, March 18, 2011

Here Come the Peppers

Finally the peppers I planted have begun to germinate!  I know they take a bit longer to sprout than other seeds (like 15 days as opposed to 7-10 for the tomatoes and eggplant) but I was getting very impatient!  I saw signs of sprouting a couple of days ago from 6 of the 12 seeds I planted.  Yay!

I'm super excited about my peppers this year.  They are two varieties I've not planted before:  Red Ruffled Pimento and Corno DiToro Sweet Peppers.  I will baby these plants to give them their best chance to grow and produce beautiful fruit! 

They will stay in their little plugs under the heat lamp for several more weeks.  This will give them the opportunity to get a little bigger and stronger before I pot them up in small containers in preparation for transplanting into the garden.  Hopefully, I'll get 3 transplants of each kind to put in the garden.  The other 6 I'll likely give away to my gardening friends.  Peppers Linda?? :)


  1. I absolutely love the mystery and anticipation of that first shot Diane! Too fun. Everything is really starting to respond to the warmth of the sunshine...praying for rain though...we are so dry. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Thanks, Cat! It's been so much fun watching the little seeds germinate. Yes, the weather has been wonderful for the garden but we, too, desperately need rain! Have a good weekend yourself! :)

  3. I'm always looking for a fellow Texas gardener. Such a nice blog, love the photos. Keep up the good work!

  4. Diane, with our temperatures being on the rising it won't take long and you can plant your "babies" outside in the beds.
    It almost seems to me like we are going straight from the cold over to the heat. Just think back how cold it still was about 4 weeks ago.
    Best Regards and Have a wonderful weekend
    Paula Jo

  5. Peppers are fun to grow! I once grew a bunch of chili peppers and a friend turned them into salsa. Ole! Love the 2nd pix. It's very birth-like, minus all the blood and screaming.

  6. It will be fun to follow your blog this spring/summer to see the plants through the entire growing season! Congrats on the Pepper plants! Happy Spring!

  7. Hi Roberta...nice to hear from you! Thank you for your compliments! Where do you garden in Texas?

    Yes, Paula Jo, it won't be long before I'm able to transplants these babies :) But here in the hills we are likely to get one more good freeze in April. I usually wait til around 4/15 before I put any tender seedlings in the ground.

    Hi TS...these peppers are 2 new varieties for me and I'm so excited to see them grow! I can't wait to try lots of new recipes with them...and salsa will likely be on the list! So good to hear from you :)

    Thanks, Beth! I'm very psyched about this summer's garden. I'll keep you posted and thanks for stopping by!

  8. Hi Rachel...You got it! I'll likely have some tomato plants for you too!