Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Operation Pepper

I'm really going to do it. I am really putting in a vegetable garden this year. I started my efforts tonight by planting a packet of "Early Calwonder" peppers. I love peppers. I also know they are notoriously difficult to grow. But I'm going to give it my best shot.

Rather than shell out for a seed starter kit, I decided to use whatever was lying around the house for planters. This was a conscious effort on my part to keep my garden spending in check and to do more recycling. So into the recycling bin I went. I used the bottom half of a 2 litre pop bottle for one planter and an old blackberry container for another.

Time will tell if it was a wise decision to plant the bulk of the seeds in a paper egg carton. It went limp when I watered the seeds and nearly buckled in the middle. Must remember to treat this planter gingerly.

I covered the planters tightly in plastic wrap. I'm hoping that seals in some warmth and moisture (I'm notorious for neglecting my watering duties.) Whether plastic wrap is a good strategy I don't know but it seems like a good idea. I'm leaving the seeds in a west-facing window where they will get sunlight for the entire afternoon.

Now I can sit back and watch for the first sprout. In the meantime, I should stock up on pepper recipes.

9 comments:

Kazahn said...
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chz said...

You should really check this out - get a good early jump on your planting...
http://www.wintersown.org/

Ottawa Gardener said...

I love the egg cartoon trays. I look forward to watching operation pepper as it unfolds.

Connie said...

Good for you, girl! You will not regret starting a vegetable garden. Next to tomatoes my favorite garden veggies are peppers!
You will want to transplant those in the egg carton soon after they germinate, as the roots will need room to grow. 1 qt. paper milk cartons with the tops cut off and drainage holes poked in the bottom work well. I use the 1/2 gal. size for tomatoes and it gives them lots of room for a healthy root system.
Blessings on your peppers!

Soilman said...

Go for it! You know it makes sense!! Get those jerusalem artichokes in the moment the soil defrosts!

Marie said...

Interesting post!

Anna said...

Another inexpensive container for transplanting is plain old newspaper. Use two layers and wrap it around a cup--twist the bottom closed and you got a container. Stack them all together for support and place them in a shallow box. Or they will stand up on their own if you group them together and use string to tie them up.

Gardenista said...

Any progress on the pepper seedlings? I'm looking forward to seeing beautiful pepper plants over there!

Owin & Irena said...

no progress yet gardenista. but I have great hope. nothing like a crunchy pepper for a refreshing snack.
irena