planting the first seeds of the year
I bought a package of hot peppers and decided I would try growing just one thing inside this year. Its alot of work to raise seedlings, so I haven't done it recently. Of all the seeds to pick, I chose peppers. Patrick at Bifurcated Carrots has told me that these need to be kept above 70F to sprout. So I have set up a way to keep them warm. They are next to a small light on the refugium in a cabinet under my salt water fish tank. I turn this light on at night and I've been checking the temperature near it - about 78F, same as my fish tank temperature. It should be a nice spot for the pepper seeds.
The pepper package says the seeds should sprout in 10-21 days (at 70F) and then be ready to plant in the garden in about 8 weeks (about May 15). Last year it wasn't warm enough (and dry enough) to plant peppers in my garden until May 23. I think this timing should be good.
As an aside, this is the second time I've touched dirt this year and the second allergy attack I've had. Of all of the things for a gardener to be allergic too! Thank goodness for antihistamines. I love playing in the dirt!