I am throwing myself at the mercy of the gardening group. I'm a bit of a trial and error gardener, and I need to get more scientific to be sure. But until now, it has worked ok. However, I think I may've ruined my seedlings and I don't know if they can be saved.
Here's the situation: I live in NW WA just below the border w/Canada. I started some cukes and cherry tomatoes from seed in the last week of March. They are in those little cardboard pots, and were on a tray on my windowsill, which got a good amount of sun on sunny days. Everything was looking nice. Tomato plants were quite thin but maybe 3 or 4 inches tall. The cukes were probably 5" tall. And for some reason, because everyone else was putting in their gardens around the end of April (earth day), I did mine that weekend too. Everything is in pots on a patio with western exposure. But since we had that nice, sunny weekend (ok, it only got to 60 but that is the warmest so far this year), we've only had a couple more nice sunny days. The other days have been rainy or overcast, daytime highs in the mid 50s, lows probably in the high 40s.
The seedlings look pathetic. They are shrinking, not growing. Droopy, although they've had water. The green leaves are developing whitish brown patches. The plants were transplanted, with their cardboard mini pots, into large pots filled with a combination of potting soil and compost with some gravel at the bottom.
Did I kill the garden by planting too early? Do I need to scrap the whole thing and just buy starts from the nursery? Should I have kept everything indoors longer?