The Q&A Archives: Container gardening for vegetables and herbs

Question: I would like to start a container garden in my back yard (great afternoon sun!). I started some seeds indoors--brussel sprouts, tomatoes. They are off to a great start, but stopped growing. Is it too early in the season to transfer them to larger containers outside? If so, what should I do next?

Answer: If your seedlings have stopped growing, they probably are not getting enough light. Since brussels sprouts are cool season plants, you can plant them outdoors now but your tomatoes may need to stay indoors for a few more weeks or at least until the nighttime temperatures remain above 50F. You can either supplement the indoor light with fluorescent lights or grow-lights, or you can set them outdoors and place cloches or some kind of protection over them at night to protect them from cold temperatures. Once they become established and have strong root systems they should begin growing again. Best wishes with your veggies!

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