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The ‘Red Robin’ tomatoes mature early, so I’ll be able to use these in Nicoise salads pretty early in the season. They grow well in containers and hanging baskets too. Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Harden off seedlings outdoors 1-2 weeks prior to transplanting. Make sure you have consistently warm soil before

MATERIALS FOR STARTING SEEDS INDOORS

transplanting. Grow in full sun. I like to eat my ‘Sweet Treats’ straight off the vine. This globe-shaped

CONTAINERS: seedling flats, peat pots,

cherry tomato has a beautiful deep pink tone, smooth texture, and an

or egg cartons for a DIY option. Make

excellent rich flavor. Start seeds indoors 5-6 weeks before the last frost

sure to poke holes near the bottom

date in your area. Harden off seedlings outdoors 1-2 weeks prior to

of the containers so excess water can

transplanting. Make sure your soil is around 75-80 degrees F before

drain.

transplanting ‘Sweet Treats.’

THE RIGHT SOIL. You’ll need indoor potting

mix

made

specifically

for

seedlings.

This past year, I added ‘Takara’ peppers to my collection, and I have to say, I’m hooked! This shishito pepper is small and has a mild, sweet flavor. Every now and then, you’ll get one that has a bit of heat, which I think

WARMING BLANKET (OPTIONAL). If you have a spot in the house where your containers can get heat from the bottom, then you won’t need a warming blanket. I put mine on top of the

is quite nice! ‘Takara’ peppers require full sun and even moisture. Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Harden off seedlings outdoors 1-2 weeks prior to transplanting. The soil needs to be 75-80 degrees F before transplanting in the ground or in containers.

refrigerator.

To have peppers for stuffing, I grow ‘Right on Red.’ This Hungarian

GROW LIGHTS (OPTIONAL)

or pickling but is shaped more like an heirloom tomato than a traditional

cheese pepper has thick walls, which make the pepper ideal for stuffing bell pepper. Sow seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date and harden off the seedlings outdoors 1-2 weeks prior to transplanting. The soil should be 75-80 degrees F before transplanting.

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