Although I have some lingering guilt over last week’s tomato euthanasia, the new plants seem to be doing well. They’ve all gotten bigger and bushier—in particular the Early Girl, which seemed to go from one slender stalk to a real live tomato plant overnight. Still only a handful of flowers, but I’m optimistic.

Also the peppers are finally showing up for the party. About a month ago, four Marconi red peppers grew to a nice robust size (about three inches long), and then… nothing. One of that original group is finally starting to turn red, and a few more peppers have begun to emerge. The cherry pepper and Hungarian wax plants are also starting to bear fruit, and this morning I think I saw the first Thai hot pepper peeking out. In particular the cherry pepper plant (shown below) has a ton of little peppers starting to grow. I have high hopes for it.