Seed Starting March 2012

March 5 I started another 1 1/2 trays of plants. Whereas Coleman recommends leaving seeds exposed within dimples, this time around I covered the seeds and slightly tamped down the dirt above them. Planted 4 blocks each of Turnips, Swiss Chard, Lettuce (4 blocks each of Tropicana, Black Seeded Simpson, Red Sails, Green Romaine, Red Salad), Tomatoes (4
3/10: Turnips (3 blocks, 1″); Spinach (2 blocks, 1/4-1/2″); Lettuce (mostly all 4 blocks except Red sails which had 2 blocks and Rad Salad which had 3 blocks — all about 1″ tall); Tomatoes (1 block, for New Girl, Juliet, and Big Beef, each about 1″, no Sun Cherry).

Began covering trays with bags.blocks each of New Girl, Juliet, Big Beef, and Sun Cherry), Rosemary, and Spinach (4 blocks each of Space and F1).
During the last week of March all seedlings but the tomatoes were doing well. I did a second planting of tomatoes, seeded peppers, and also lots of flowers. Since I only had room for 4 trays above the garage heater, I put these on the floor under the work table, where I also hung a flourescent light. I put this on cardboard so that I could easily pull it out and push it back morning/night to water. I immediately put each tray into bags.

Within a week I had 75%+ germination of most varieties, including tomatoes, and also had some of the tomatoes planted March 5 end up germinating! A few of the cheap flower seeds we bought out and about town didn’t germinate very well, but everything from Johnny’s Seeds did great. Seem to be getting that hang of starting seeds now

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About mwolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.
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