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Subject: Can't wait to get going!
Date Posted: 3/10/2010 3:53 PM ET
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Started my transplants of peppers this week,going to start my tomatoes 2 weeks from now. The peppers seem to take a little while to germinate, longer than the tomatoes. Must be the thickness of the hull (pod). Last frost here is about Memorial Day. I try to put my onions in the soil in early May if weather permits. Tell me how you're garden plans are going?

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 12:12 PM ET
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I've started petunia seeds and they have just started to sprout.  Very exciting.

Date Posted: 4/5/2010 8:47 PM ET
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If you get as good as 50% germination, maybe as good as 33%, please advise me of every detail you are using. I have almost given up on growing peppers from seed. Can't get them to come up, and when they do, almost all damp off (my tomatoes almost never do this).

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 10:24 AM ET
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My luck with peppers were terrible until  put the seeds in the fridge for a couple of days. It seems to spark them into germinating. They take atleast 2 wks. to come up so plant them ahead of your tomatoes.

Date Posted: 4/7/2010 8:20 PM ET
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Was planting tomatoes and peppers tonight. Will hold off on peppers a couple of days. Thanks Donald.

Date Posted: 4/10/2010 2:54 PM ET
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Where are you from? Just kidding. My transplants won't see the garden till June.

Date Posted: 4/10/2010 3:01 PM ET
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Maybe I misread your post I guess you were talking about transplants. Best of luck !

Date Posted: 4/10/2010 5:42 PM ET
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I am from NW Arkansas. The Ozarks. Predominately clay soil, with limestone rocks constituting at least 40% of the alleged soil. Today I cleaned out my asparagus patch which some very invasive white clover would like to take over. I grow tomatoes well from seeds; peppers not so well. For another ten days there is still a danger of frost, not based on today's weatherman with his super-dribbler radar, based on experience. Having a great time today, as I have always liked digging in the dirt.

(but I never liked feeding cattle)

Date Posted: 4/20/2010 10:59 PM ET
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For those of you having trouble starting pepper seeds, the trick of putting them in the fridge first is a good one.  Chile peppers take even longer to germinate but they can be speeded up considerably by soaking the seed in a little bit of saltpetre solution - use 1 tsp saltpetre in a quart of water, and soak the seeds overnight.

Date Posted: 4/21/2010 1:07 PM ET
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Great idea Cyndi, where can you get saltpeter? gunshop, pharmacy???