Growing tomatoes and peppers from seed

Because I am certifiably slightly insane, I like to grow tomatoes and peppers from seed every year.

Seed shopping on a winter evening.

In early February, when I desperately need a gardening fix, I assemble my homemade seed starting light and start as many interesting varieties as I can.

It’s easy to get carried away doing this—when Little Peanut was born in 2011, I had 20 tomato plants growing! I donated most of that harvest to my friends at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

What’s growing this year? From left to right, one column of each:
Italian Pompeii — Russian Big Roma — Amish Paste — Baby Belle — Rainbow Bell — Jewel Bell

It’s only been a couple of weeks, and the tomatoes are going strong. The peppers are a little behind the curve though! In a week or two, I’ll give them a drink of very dilute Haven’s Brew soil conditioner tea.

If all goes well, there will be lots of homemade salsa and tomato sauce in our future. Stay tuned for updates!

Do you grow from seeds or starts? Trying any unusual varieties this year? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  1. says

    Hi Pam! I just posted about my seeds! Some are coming up! Yay! That makes me happy to see something grow! Yours look great! Peppers always take longer to germinate. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my blog and see my seeds! Blessings from Bama!

  2. says

    How do you get your peppers to grow and bear fruit? We have tried planting them from seed and nothing happened. They didn’t even sprout. And we have tried planting the small pepper plants. From those, if we are fortunate, we might get one or two peppers off of six plants! Can you tell me what we might be doing wrong?

  3. says

    I am currently growing TONS of vegetables in my bathroom closet. The are undera grow light and doing great. Feel free to watch my progress :)

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