Help with pepper plants
I just brought my tomatoes and pepper plants home from my cousin's uncle's greenhouse today. The pepper plants are really small, and some of those I transplanted from flats into 4" pots a few weeks ago didn't even make it. Frankly, even the best ones don't look like they've grown any. I used MG organic potting soil.
They also have aphids - uncle sprayed (not sure when) this OMRI insecticide (see link). So I guess we're still "organic" (not certified so I don't have to be too strict).
So, what can I do to
1) get rid of the aphids
2) get some more growth on these peppers before planting outside? I can keep some in pots on the porch, but I have too many (am going to sell at market) to do that all summer.
They are only a few inches tall - way to small to start hardening off like I can with the tomato plants (which are a good 8-12" for ones I started the end of March, and 2ft tall with flowers/fruit from the conventionally-grown ones my cousin started in Feb).
I saw those peppers and thought Oh No, they're all going to die! They looked so good at the beginning of the month! Cousin says to fertilize but he uses MG. I was going to use bone meal (which I have) at planting, "liquid fertilizer" (diluted), which we are starting to chelate, and maybe alfalfa meal if I can find it (Agway didn't have alfalfa seed when I was looking for it to sprout, so I don't know if they have meal). But what can I use when they are so tiny? I don't want to overfertilize and burn them! Thanks
Here is a link that might be useful: