So, i drug my feet doing this whole thing; started late for my zone (7a) but at least I got it going at all. I have a bunch of little sprouts going on with cotyledons and all that, but DANG, i feel like i'm way behind, with the final frost s'posedly coming in the next few weeks. So, I also ordered some plants from Cross Country Nurseries (aka chileplants.com) as a Plan B.
I gotta get a bunch of pictures up, but all i have right now are some nondescript sproutlings in some dirt. I also gotta build some raised beds and whatnot. So, yeah, I'll take some pics once i have interesting crap to take photos of. The plan is to put a few 8'x4' beds into my tiny backyard, and work a few beds over at the local community garden. And, then I'll put whatever i don't have room for in buckets or grow bags or whatever.
Enough babbling; here's the list of stuff i've successfully germinated, and hoping to grow:
-7 Pot SR CARDI
-Trinidad Scorpion yellow CARDI
-SBJ7 (reds and yellows)
-Orange Habs (seeds were sold as "organic" and those things germinated right away and are growing most quickly out of all of'm)
-Various Scotch Bonnets (special shout-out to Trident Chilli for some of the more esoteric stuff...) specifically, I got Schneider Farm, Beth Boyd, Papa Joe's, Saraga, TFM (I got TFM seeds from Semillas and from pods i bought up at the Trenton Farmer's Market- the latter had a very high germ rate, and are coming along better than anything but the Habs...), and some seeds i saved from some tasty red bonnets i bought at a nearby Asian Food Market ( http://www.asianfoodmarkets.com/ )
-NuMex Suave (reds and oranges)
-NuMex Trick or Treat
-Hot Rod Serranos
Shit I ordered from Cross Country Nurseries, in case i'm way too late and/or i otherwise fail:
-7 Pot Brainstrain (yellow and red)
-Red Dominica Habs
-Jamaican Hot Chocolate
-Generic Yellow Bonnets
Yeah, most of it is redundant to the seeds i started, but that's the kinda shit i want to grow, and the idea is to have a back-up plan for the seeds.
I started everything with paper towels, and transferred them to one of these plastic starters with the tray and the clear plastic high-top lid, with like 72 little cells... I tried to germ some Yellow Fataliis, but they're running far behind. I checked'm again earlier today, and just one has the beginnings of a little hook. I'm hoping they'll do ok in the end. I'm really looking at this whole project as a first year learning experience; even if the whole thing crashes and burns, i feel like i've already learned from the whole ordeal.
Advice is, of course, welcome and appreciated. Thanks for reading, and i promise to get some pics up once i start dickin' around with building these beds...