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Too Early

May 15th, 2017

My peppers are blooming, they’re still indoors under the grow lights. This year I followed the MOFGA seed starting guide, it recommends seeding peppers on March 21st. That’s a little too early. I’ll be pinching off these blooms, so the plant can put energy towards growth.

Peppers, tomatoes, zinnias, and other heat loving flowering and vegetables don’t do well with cooler temperatures. Most won’t even set fruit at lower temperatures, thus there’s not reason to seed them or try to get them to flower extra early. I’m making a note in my seed starting guide to start peppers when I start tomatoes (April 15th).

Did you start anything too early this year?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.