Transplanting tiny seedlings (and they are particularly tiny this year, due to the lack of warmth) is really therapeutic. In just a few days, I have all eggplant, hot and sweet peppers, the Cossack Pineapple ground cherries, and tomatoes from Anna Russian up to Green Giant (plus two flats of Sungold) now separated into 3 inch pots, all sitting on the floor of my garage. Not only do they need a rest after the shock of pulling them from their brethren, but we are due for heavy rain today, and mid 30s tomorrow night. My plans are to start moving flats into the driveway on Monday, which will free up more space for more seedlings.
One confounding issue for me this year that is new (each season there seems to be something new - this year there are two "something new" issues) is the impact of moving flats into the sun too soon, on a day that was too windy - I've lost some plants to stems that shrivel up at the top part of the stem near the cotyledon leaves. I already know that some replanting is necessary, and that will take place tomorrow. This way I will fill in those that didn't germinate well or fell victim to poor spring conditions - not all that many, but some. The other "new" issue was loss of some chard and lettuce to bird activity IN my garage - either chickadees or wrens are - or were -- building nests in there, and it seemed they favored some of my tender seedling tips either for food or nest material.
If the weather warms, it will probably take a good 3 weeks to size up my transplanted seedling to planting size (or a size appropriate for them to leave home)....stay tuned. Pics to follow as well - right now I am going to get off of my feet!
I've added some pics below - progress on transplanting, my garage of tiny seedlings, and some spring color from our yard!