The two reluctant tomato varieties—Aunt Ruby’s German Green and Black Cherry—pushed out of the soil today.  We are six for six on varieties with only a few seeds that did not germinate.  I’m excited to see how the seedlings fare.

With the tomatoes and basil mostly sprouted, I connected the fluorescent lights to the timer to help the seedlings grow.  The lights will shine all day and into the night, providing both warmth and illumination.

I am keeping the heating pad under the eggplant and bell peppers and will turn it on and off manually until they decide to sprout.  Now I know how the mother hen feels when sitting on her eggs.