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Starting Tomato and Pepper Seeds a Little Late


By Betsy Muse - Posted on 07 March 2013

Pepper cropLife has been so busy that I am very late getting my tomato and pepper plants started indoors. That doesn't necessarily spell disaster, it just means my harvest will be a little later this year. A later harvest in the south can be a bit of a challenge if the heat combines with a lack of rain to dry out the entire garden.

Last year was the first year I had a poor banana pepper crop. My bell pepper plants were absolutely beautiful, but the peppers themselves were small. I barely harvested enough to make a couple of batches of salsa and didn't have enough for my family's favorite pepper relish. The sad thing is, I'd put 32 pepper plants in the ground.

While I would like to plant all heirlooms, I love the deep rich hue of purple bell peppers. They add a dash of color in my salsa and relish. The one plant that did really well last year was a lone purple bell. I'm hoping to have more this year. I used to plant a packet of seeds that were a mix of red, greed, yellow, orange and purple peppers. This year I bought an entire pack of purple pepper seeds. I'm living life in the fast lane!

The picture above is one day's haul from two years ago. I don't know what it was about that year, but the peppers did really well and the tomatoes didn't grow at all. Last year it was the opposite! Keep your fingers crossed that this will be the year that both offer records harvests.

What are your favorite pepper and tomato varieties?

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