Friends, I am so ashamed. I killed my tender little plants. I was trying to expose them slowly to sunlight and harden them off properly, but I got busy on a Saturday and completely forgot about them. Poor things didn’t stand a chance in the 90-something degree weather we were having that day. They were a wilted mess later that night, and nothing I did could get them to perk up again.
So here I am, starting all over. I planted more seeds, and this time I placed them directly into pots that are already outside. Some of them have just started to sprout leaves through the soil in the last day or two, so I’m hoping you can give me some tips on how to keep them alive and thriving. I don’t know that I expect to get much of a harvest from them since they’re so late starting, but I want to know that I can grow plants from seed so I’ll be ready next spring.
What do you think? Should I expect to get anything out of the plants this year? I planted tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, onions, and peas. Well, I think that’s what I planted. I forgot to mark them this time around—so we’ll see what appears!
I should tell you—I am also growing some plants I got as starters from a local nursery, and those seem to be doing well—I’ve even got a little green tomato on one of my plants! So I think I can keep a plant alive once it’s got a little strength, but I clearly don’t have a gift for the young’uns.
Any tips for me? How do I keep young plants alive in Utah’s dry heat and sun?--Urban Girl (Sarah)