Monday, April 18, 2011
We are enjoying our family's spring break in the beautiful Outer Banks. The sand is perfect and the water is icy. After barely missing a tornado on Saturday we are extra grateful (and blessed) to be enjoying high 70s and sunshine.
While the kids and I are between beaching it, I thought I'd leave you with a few words about seedlings. I left our itty bitty tomato, tomatillo, and eggplant plants in the care of my brother and his wife. When I get back they will go straight into the ground. But I saw at least one more night in the forties and didn't want to risk it. Overprotective? Maybe. But after several weeks of babying these babies, one tends that way.
Seedlings, otherwise, are easy. Water and sunlight. We've been lucky this Spring with some warm days, so I've let the little plants outside. They love sitting on the front porch. This is good for them because it "hardens them off". The breeze and direct sunlight makes their stems sturdier and more acclimated to the outdoors. Tomato plants are unique though. If your seedlings get to "leggy" from reaching for light in your window sill, you can plant the stems (which will grow root systems themselves) deeper to compensate. Another reason to LOVE growing tomatoes!