this is my first year gardening and I've become extremely frustrated. I totally want to give up...I think I just don't have a green thumb.
I started seedlings indoors this year in the beginning of april (probably too late, already). I'm in zone 6B. my 4 year olds and I planted 2 types of tomato seeds, summer squash and cucumbers.
I started the seeds in those little 4 square plastic things. covered it with plastic, sat it in the sun indoors. I *think* I did a good job watering (used a spray bottle) and didn't overwater. our seedlings sprouted really quickly and we were all very excited.
I left the cover on and the seedlings continued to grow. my big mistake was taking them outside into the sun with the cover ON. totally burned them and killed all of them. very sad.
I'm trying to learn from my mistakes and still have a garden for us and the kids. so my questions are this:
1. I re-bought all the seeds I used. do I try to start from seeds indoors now? do I start from seeds outdoors? should I start the cucumbers and squash from seed and buy tomato plants instead?
2. if I don't use my seeds this year, can I use them next year?
3. for future reference, do I take the cover off the seedlings when they start to sprout?
4. from the research I've done on this site, it looks like I should start my tomato seeds in february. do I transfer them out of those little pots at some point?
thanks all! I'm having a hard time finding comprehensive info on this.