Despite reading everything I could find on seed starting, attending a seed starting class, AND talking to all the veteran gardeners I knew, I had some pretty horrific casualties this year. The moisture pads that I bought to keep the plantlets watered during our vacation worked for many of the plants but notably, not my bergamot (sniff), parsley (sniff) or one of my thai basil (sniff). I have planted the scrawny surviving bergamot (which I had initially planned to discard) and a half-revived parsley, but I have little hope of them surviving.
Let's move on to peppers that were looking terrible BEFORE I even went on vacation. Three out of the 6 (or more. I've lost count) hot peppers survived unscathed: 2 cayenne & 1 thai pepper. One Kung Pao looks a bit pathetic (thanks aphids!), but I planted it anyway. My sweet peppers? Mostly gone. And I had like 8 of them! I think I was able to salvage 2. I've also bought additional sweet & hot pepper plants to get me up to my desired number.
And tomatoes? A Cherokee Purple just...well...shriveled up & died. For no reason I could really tell. I have little faith in my other tomatoes. They looked awful when we got back from vacation, but did perk up a bit with some more regular waterings. The Sungold Cherry Tomatoes are wicked tall & I don't think that's a good thing. The other Cherokee purple looks pretty sad, as do the Wonder Lights. However, I've planted all of these in hopes that something will come of them with good natural light, fertile soil and some fresh air. My fingers are crossed, but I've got little faith. A friendly freecycler, Karen, gave me some of her tomato seedlings in case mine are worthless. Thanks Karen!
All that said? I'll be starting seeds again next year, more experienced & wiser. I plan to germinate the tomato seeds like I did the peppers, get another grow light so that there can be more air circulation around the plants, try very hard not to let aphids in the house and not get emotionally attached to the plants. After all, I'm going to eat them!
How did your seed starting fair?