Any day that the wind isn't blowing, and the temperature is above 50-55F, the larger seedlings get to spent the day outside on the front porch. I start them off in a sunny spot, which soon is shaded by the big pine trees. After a time in the shade, they are moved to the other side of the porch for another hour or so of sunshine. The large tomato plants have made several trips to the front porch, but the weather was too windy and cold for the past couple of weeks. The largest now has 8 baby tomatoes, but I noticed the second largest was dropping blossoms rather than forming fruit. I shake them several times a day, but maybe they just want a bit of a breeze and some sunshine.
Some of the tomato seedlings have been potted up from 6-packs into 5 oz. plastic cups. These will probably be potted up into 16 oz. cups a couple of weeks before it's time to plant them outside. A few varieties were either slow or non-germinating, and seeds for those have been started again.
Peppers and basil are still quite small, but coming along nicely. There were a few varieties of peppers that had to be planted again also, but I'm sure I'll have plenty even if they don't germinate.
Flowers and brassicas. Most of the flowers were planted in the past week or two, but they're growing quickly and I hope enjoying their time in the sun. The brassicas have been going out for the past week, but this is the first day they've enjoyed sunshine.
Remember this picture from yesterday? I had planned on using that freshly dug strip for my broccoli. Well, I've had a change of mind.
This is my lettuce bed....and my junk corner. C'mon, admit it. You have a junk corner too, don't you? This is also a problem area. The back door of the shed opens here, but there isn't enough room to maneuver a wheelbarrow or garden cart through to the garden, as the lettuce bed is too close. I've decided to use the kennel garden bed that I'd planned for broccoli, and make it into a netting covered lettuce bed instead. I have a long, narrow window that was the inside pane of one that got broken a couple years ago. It would fit beautifully here, and could be made into a cold frame next fall! I'll move the existing lettuce bed back against the fence. The netting can be removed, so I could still access the bed from three sides. That would give me another 2' outside the door for moving equipment in and out, and the raised bed could be used for the broccoli and some cabbages as well. What do you think?