To give some background, last year, I planted (too early I might add) my veggie seeds in peat pots in an indoor greenhouse with a grow light. In 3 days I had sprouts. These all grew so well, I had to repot 3 times before our weather was warm enough to plant in my big containers outside in the greenhouse. Had a bumper crop of everything.
Fast Forward to this year...I started my seeds a little later, not wanting to do all the repotting again. In fact, I planted them 4/8.
We are talking about 5 different types of tomatoes and a variety of peppers.
They sprouted after about 10 days. The Big Jim chilies never did sprout, so I had to replant more seeds that came up in about 8 days.
I put them in their forever pots in the greenhouse in late May. Still had to be careful about frost, and I used a frost blanket and heater.
Today is June 13th and I have tomato plants 3 inches tall, with tiny, tiny leaves and the peppers have never gotten over an inch. Only a couple of the tomatoes have their "true leaves."
I planted the cucumbers outside and also their leaves are tiny, and only about 3 inches tall.
I planted squash and lettuce seeds outside in the same soil and they are going like crazy.
What is going on with my plants?
Have pretty much decided that if I don't see something going on by the end of the week, I am going to the local nursery and buying them. Upsets me, as I enjoy selecting different types of tomatoes and peppers that are not available locally.
I planted all of the plants with crushed egg shells. Have used a fertilizer similar to Miracle Grow, one time.
They are on a drip system, in fabric pots. I only water when I use the "finger test" to make sure they are not too wet.
Used Kellogg soil for potting and above ground gardens....same as I used last year.
Everything I have done is the same as last year.
I have replanted more seeds inside, using the sterile seed planting soil. Once again, they are not sprouting after 8 days.
I am in the mountains of Arizona. Our growing time is limited, even with the greenhouse. I don't want to be harvesting green tomatoes in late October!
Any advice would be most appreciated.