It seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago that I seeded my paper pots with chile pepper seeds, but it's actually been just over 1 month. Here they are, cozy in the little mini greenhouse that I've rigged up.
I put this together with a 6-foot length of concrete reinforcing mesh, a few wooden garden stakes, a few cable ties, some plastic sheeting that the painters left behind, and a bunch of binder clips. It's going to be really easy to disassemble when I don't need it anymore this season.
Inside I put a couple of boards on the ground and a waterproof seedling heat mat on top of that. On sunny days I prop one side of the structure up on the flower pot so that it doesn't get too hot. Today I propped it wide open so that the seedlings could get direct sun (what there was of it) a feel the breeze to help make sturdy stems. The tiny seedlings are Yellow Wonder strawberries.
At night I turn the heat mat on and close down the greenhouse with a couple of big rocks on top of the protruding garden stakes at the corners. I've also got two layers of frost cloth to clip onto the whole thing for either very cold nights (it's been down in the 40F's lately) or when I transition new seedlings into the green house to provide some protection from the sun until the babies become accustomed full strength sunlight.
I just potted up my tomato seedlings, a few slow peppers, and basil yesterday and they are getting their first experience of real sunlight through the living room window. Hank is inspecting the newly planted lemongrass. These will transition out to the mini greenhouse in a few days.
There's one more tray of seeds sown in paper pots under the lights on the heat mats indoors. That tray has eggplant and some more tomatoes and peppers that didn't germinate well the first time around. I hope that by the time the last tray of seedlings is ready to go out that I will be able to put some of the first peppers into the garden since the greenhouse is large enough to hold only 6 flats of pots.