Is it just me, or does everyone feel super protective of their baby seedlings? I'm forever huddling over them like an over-bearing mother, begging them to get strong and grow. I'm continuously asking them if they need more water, more light, more room ... And you know what the problem is? They don't answer me. Ever! What if they don't flourish and I have nothing to plant in my plot come May? [caption id="attachment_1110" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="My little cucumbers worry me the most. They're so lengthy and viny already! I hope they aren't begging me for more room."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1111" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="My little Brookpact tomatoes are doing fairly well, too."] [/caption] My partner and I are going away for two weeks and I'm leaving them with his mom. Though she's an old hand at gardening, I'm still worried about them in my absence. I bet I'll come back to the healthiest looking seedlings ever. Now, I have a few questions for you: 1.) Do you worry about your seedlings? 2.) When should I start introducing my little babies to the great outdoors? 3.) Are peppers hard to grow? I've planted about a dozen seeds and only have two wee plants growing. Are they just slow pokes?