Home Grown Tomato and Bell Pepper Project
So I had this dream to cultivate a little garden on my balcony (and when I say little, I mean a 2×1 m thing) – nothing out of the ordinary, just a few baby plum tomato and bell pepper plants. Bell Pepper you ask? Well, why the hell not? So here we go, let’s see how the project is going so far! My gardening assistance comes from here.
Everything started with 2 pieces of baby plum tomatoes and 1 beautiful red bell pepper – I removed the seeds, let the pepper seeds dry out and the tomato seeds soak in water overnight. The next day I grabbed a couple of plastic cups, made a few holes on the bottom of each, filled them with potting soil, divided the seeds and placed them on top of the soil, then covered with a little more soil and watered them well.
The cups with the tomato seeds in them had to be covered with a plastic bag (kind of greenhouse for the seeds) while the sprouts appeared. When the small green darlings appeared, I placed the cups next to the pepper seed filled cups on the inner windowsill – they need a lot of light, around 16-18 hours a day! (Yeah I know, impossible… I do my best though )
My tiny bell pepper sprouts:
The baby plum tomato sprouts:
When the real leaves appeared on the tomato sprouts and the little roots started to break out of the plastic cup (yes they are way overcrowded, I didn’t imagine they will actually live ), I transferred them to a bigger plastic bucket with a lot more soil (careful not to break the roots). The peppers were quite strong by that time already, transferred them too – just check out my ultra-creative plant pot, 2 re-purposed green tea juice cartons (with holes on the bottom as well for water circulation) - the perfect size I have to say. Watered them well and placed back on the windowsill.
Tomatoes with toothpick support just for a day or two – removed them when they were strong to stand straight again:
Bell Peppers in their temporary new home:
Around a week has passed since the transfer of the sprouts into the bigger pots – they are getting stronger every day thanks to tons of light, water and love
To be continued!