The Bell pepper seeds started on April 19th have sprouted in the yogurt cups. Because the table that the seed cups are kept on is in the shade of a screened enclosure I needed to get these guys in the sun. Past experience has shown me that they will quickly become leggy if left without proper sunlight after they have sprouted.
I took three sprouted Bell peppers and put them directly in the garden. They are tiny sprouts and have not yet formed their true leaves. This goes against Usual advice of letting the plants mature some then hardening them off with sun exposure before planting them out.
The planting blocks should provide wind protection for the sprouts and the cages over the blocks will keep them from being trampled by my dogs and the birds. I set them about 2 inches below the lip of the block so it will have a lip for when I water. Some of my recycled mango tree stump bark added as a mulch around the sprout to slow down the soil drying from the wind here.
Bell peppers are said to love the heat so they are in luck as the South Florida Summer is approaching Quickly.
The absolute best part is that I just went to Wal-Mart for birdseed and saw the 6 inch potted peppers selling for $3.50 a Plant. My three seeds saved me $10.50 plus tax. Needless to say I left with a satisfied smile on my face. ...sanddune...