Category Archives: Seed starting

Garden update March 9, 2016

Last week I did some research that led me to realize I’ve been taking the wrong approach to early seed planting outdoors in two ways. I left mulch on the raised beds. While this acts as a blanket to keep … Continue reading

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On Heirlooms, Hybrids, and GMO’s

We had the great pleasure last night of a visit by a neighbor from a street down who had just discovered our community free pick garden. They came to the door to introduce themselves and we ended up talking for … Continue reading

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First Transplants, 2013

The weather finally got to the mid-50’s March 15. I used the opportunity to transplant the seedlings that had been planted February 25. Germination and die-back was a bit random. The leeks never germinated. The others germinated well. But only one … Continue reading

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Starting Seeds – Feb 25, 2013

Today is now officially the first day of the 2013 growing season as I start a new batch of seeds for transplant. I’m planting 3 trays of 2″ soil blocks. Each tray holds 36 blocks. As the trays are laid … Continue reading

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Seed Starting: Late Summer

Starting seeds indoors isn’t just for spring.  We’ve had luck this year growing lettuce under a shade cloth throughout the summer, even given the record heat.  But the soil is just too hot for the seeds to germinate.  So back … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Seed Starting, February 2012

Try 1: I followed the directions for soil block starter mix and a tray design by Eliot Coleman, although I didn’t have greensand or other organic potash sources available.  I decided to go ahead anyway and started a tray with … Continue reading

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