After sitting around for a week doing nothing, the pepper and tomato seeds I planted were seriously starting to worry me. I planted three seeds in each little peat pot, and yet nothing was coming up. What if they were just rotting away in there? But today, the Dr. Carolyn yellow cherry tomato won the germination Olympics with a wee little sprout (pictured at right) starting to open its glorious little cotyledons and a second sprout just starting to push up out of the soil. Taking silver was the Mystery Yellow tomato, which also has a sprout just starting to poke up. I’d imagine Cherokee Purple is not that far behind; it’ll take bronze.
Falling short of expectations, the pepper seeds have kind of been the Canadians of this competition. Peppers were real stars of my indoor seedling garden last year, but there’s been no sign of germination so far. I think the soil might not be warm enough. So, as silly as this sounds, I’ve been putting a heating pad underneath the tray for a few hours and a time and slightly warming the pots from below. Hopefully they’ll come around. I’m rooting for you, Canada!
Technically, the very first sprouts were the basil, pictured below (if you look hard). But I don’t really consider the basil or the marigold seeds I planted part of the same competition as the nightshades.