Harden off in place?
I've got all the indeterminates I started March 29 planted, still have lots more (started too many) so may plant more if I can let them sprawl - have about 50 feet of row where I had peppers last year, no cages/trellis.
But I still have 1 determinate type (Best Boy) and all the plants I started April 6 (mostly determinates, some are going to go in pots so I plan on just gradually potting up larger and larger) that have been outside for weeks, but haven't seen much sun. They were on east side of the house and shaded during the afternoon when we did have sun but we've had a LOT of rainy overcast days lately. I just went and dumped water out of the trays underneath the pots, they are soaked and we're supposed to get more rain this afternoon, all day tomorrow, and most of next week.
Weekend will be Partly Cloudy with only 10-20% chance of rain, the rest of the week is 30% of more. Am I better off taking the plants (incl my peppers which are way too wet, haven't planted any of those yet since started hardening them off in shade 10 days ago - again haven't seen any sun to speak of) inside the garage to dry out a bit, then trying to give them a little sun this weekend, plant Monday (might be the only dry day next week)? Or plant what I can today before it starts raining again and try to shade them the best I can if/when it gets sunny again? The peppers have been outside for 10 days, the newer tomato starts for a little longer. No telling *how* sunny and for how long/intense it will be Sat -Mon but I'm thinking whether they get sunscalded or not, getting them in the ground ASAP is better than leaving them in these soaked pots, or potting up again just for a few days (it's also getting late in the season to plant, peppers are going in new high tunnel so at least there's a chance of a harvest in Sept if I have them under plastic).
This looks like a repeat of last June when I got all my plants in late (early June rather than late May) and there was so much rain I had to replace half of them later in the month, very late tomato harvest and no peppers. So maybe potting some replacements up in 1 gal pots and trying to keep them dry would be prudent? I haven't got plastic yet for the tunnel.
Oh, and I don't have mulch right now - I don't know if I can get DH to go to my cousin's barn and get hay tonight, but if it's T-storming tomorrow I wouldn't be putting it down anyway, was planning on getting it Sat. Can't get it myself b/c I have really messed up my right shoulder and elbow with digging, have hard time even picking up a gal of milk.
This post was edited by ajsmama on Thu, Jun 12, 14 at 9:14