After planting, lightly water and keep water according to the variety of seed you have planted.
And place in a sunny, warm location.
Midwest sun and warmth is not reliable, so you can see here we are using a heat lamp to keep this tray’s soil nice and warm… peppers need warm soil and I simply use a food thermometer to monitor the warmth of the soil. After four days our first jalapenos have sprouted! Seven more weeks to go!
Even though it’s just a card table and a table cloth I love looking out there and feeling like we have our very own greenhouse… it’s got such a botanical feel with the sunlight, the palms and terra cotta and baby wellies that I added for fun!
After your seeds have sprouted and grown a bit it’s time to take off the greenhouse lid as per your Jiffy instructions.
Different plants may have different directions (some, for example want you to pinch off certain leaves as they grow) but after your seeds have grown and before you plant them outside you will need to “harden them off”. This is the part I really don’t like.
It takes about a week and you begin by finding a shady, protected area for your seedlings to hang out for the day. No wind! BE SURE to bring them back in at the end of the day.
After a few days you can move them into a sunny location for part of the day, then move them back to the shade for the rest… told you it was a pain.
By the end of the week they should be strong enough to handle a full day of sun and they are ready to plant!
Our next class will be later this week on decorative planting. We will then be just about ready to wrap it up so if you have any questions please send them to me and I will do a post about the questions!