This year, I started my seeds a month earlier...the first of February. I transplanted the small plants from the seed pellets into larger pots about a month ago, and they really took off...with the help of a little tomato plant food. So yesterday, we did a 2nd transplanting into bigger pots because the plants we're starting to get a little root bound. So here they are this morning, after coming out of their "transplant shock." They look really nice, except I'm running out of room on my counter. Another thing I did differently this year is to keep two plants inn each pot...they support each other and grown straight without having to add sticks to keep them straight. I will let them grow in these pots until after Memorial Day, and then plant them in the garden with Walls of Water. I'll put them outside on the patio and let them "harden off" for about a week before planting them. Last year, we planted them a few weeks earlier and didn't have as much success, so this year we decided to wait until the end of May again. It just gets too cold at night still.
If you look really closely, you can also see four pepper plants in the back that are doing very nicely also.