Hey Thanks @AnneBonny I am a RI native myself and transplanted to Freedom, ME in 2011.
Mine go right in the ground. IMO pots dry out too fast and limit root production. More roots=more fruits!
I got a little over eager and got my seeds in Feb so these got a wicked head start this season. I think you're good on the timing of May full moon for RI. The majority of my gardening know how was passed down to my by my dad RIP. He's the happy looking guy in the back. No idea what we were applauding!
We still have a couple of weeks to go since the last of the snowpack only finally receded here a couple of weeks ago.
Today I topped every single bit of new growth that had at least 3 true leaves below it on all 12 plants for the 3rd & last time.
We're really "just practicing" in 2017 for once we get a commercial license whenever the hell that process opens up here. Seems as though more of our legislators support pushing it further out into 2018 than wish to accelerate the process or stick to a timeline.
Tell me more about your grow and why you call yours 'sad looking".