Here are my lessons learned:
- Start peppers indoors earlier than the other vegetables. They take longer to germinate.
- Get another grow light or start fewer things from seeds. My seedlings were far too crowded which resulted, I think, in leggy purple basil.
- When I plant outside, lay out a soaker hose. This will make irrigation easier in the summer when the rains stop. (Wrangling a hose through and around tomato plants heavy with baby tomatoes is not fun. Some precious darlings get knocked off!). Or, figure out some drip irrigation scheme.
- Plant tomatoes at the end of the bed or in the back so they don't shade the peppers.
- Plant selection: Sungolds are keepers, Wonder Lights are blah.
- In January or February, mark the planting dates for the entire year on my Outlook calendar. And set reminders!
- Net my ground cherries. I only got 5 last year from my garden & the rest went to the blasted robins.