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Sunday, March 14, 2010
The lights are on - Spring 2010
Finally finally finally! I took myself down to the basement plant lab and am gettin' busy!
After weighing my options I decided that I'm going to try germinating a lot of seeds on the heat tray I made last year. One of the cons of using my 'real' seed germinators is that when you mix seed types you get staggered germination. Then you have to figure out how to deal with the cover. Unsprouted seeds need the cover on. Sprouted seeds need the cover off.
So this year I'm going to start seeds on the heat tray. Sure I'll still do a few traditional seed cells, but for the most part I'm sprinkle-sowing seeds in roomy containers from quarts of yogurt and those for lettuce greens. I'll pot up individual plants later.
Here's what's on the tray now:
Onions: green bunching, yellow granex, red burgundy and sweet bermuda
Lettuces: mixed gourmet blend
Herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, purple basil
Peppers: Anaheim, Big Dipper, Volcano (a wax variety) and hot lemon
As for the 'lid' problem, it's much easier to move sprouted containers out from under the plastic window film I'm using to hold the heat/humidity. There is still a lot of unused heat tray right now (it's 44" x 22" - almost 8 sqft of surface!) so in the back corner I'm rooting a dozen or so pots of coleus.
Wondering why I didn't do this last year instead of using my 'real' germinators? Well, I had expected to have this whole tray pretty much filled with pots of geraniums now - being warmed out of dormancy. But this year the plants became infested with white fly. ARGH! I've pulled up those plants for 4 year to overwinter. *sniffle* I had to compost them all and, and, *gulp* now I'll have to BUY geraniums this year. *wah*
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