The seedlings have grown a lot since last week (top photo), and are now taking up two full shelves. Most of them have been potted up into larger containers. The top light had to be slanted to compensate for the height of the tomatoes, and is now 15" up from the shelf the plants are sitting on. I'm hoping they don't get too much larger in the next three weeks, when it will be time to plant them out in the garden.
So far I've put 80 peppers and 17 cherry tomatoes into larger cups, way more than I can use in my garden! My newish (since last spring) neighbor, across the street, was working in his garden yesterday. It was a new garden last year, just a few squash plants in the corner, but he enlarged it by a lot this spring and was out planting when I went over to introduce myself and ask if he could use some tomato and pepper plants. It turned out he had already purchased and planted all of his tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and cucumbers! He's an elderly gentleman, and he seems to know quite a bit about gardening, but I was shocked that he was planting those warm season crops already. Our night temps are still in the 30s, with occasional frost warnings. I have planted as early as the last week in April, but more than once I've had to cover the tender plants. It's really much safer to wait until the second week of May.
My neighbor's new garden. The photo, taken from across the street, is a bit deceptive. The garden is probably about 80 feet long next to that fence, and 6-8' wide. I hope his tender plants don't freeze. Now just wait for his garden to be way ahead of mine, just to prove me wrong!