This is a very short post, actually it is more a note to myself for future seed starting (I am at the stage of my life where everything must be written down or it will be forgotten). In my April 14, 2014 post, I mentioned experimenting with soaking pea seeds also comparing starting seeds in 4-inch pot versus cell pack.
Since seeds of different varieties will germinate at different rate, for consistency, I used seeds of the same variety from the same package for both the unsoaked and soaked planting.
Below are the results.
Seedlings from unsoaked seeds, 5 days to germinate.
Seedlings from soaked seeds, 3 days to germinate.
♦ The difference in germination between the unsoaked seeds and soaked seeds is 2 days.
Conclusion: Not worth the effort, staying with unsoaked seeds.
♦ 4-inch pot versus cell pack: the first few days of growing there was no difference, however as the seedlings grew, the ones in the 4-inch pots appear stronger and healthier. Will need to bump up the ones in the cell pack to 3- or 4-inch pots if not transplanted to the garden in a few days.
Conclusion: Future seed starting for peas will be in 4-inch pots but 6 seeds per pot instead of 8.
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I so need to get into the garden to do some spring cleaning, fertilize the strawberries and garlic, prepare the beds for direct sowing and the transplants, but my inner voice is telling me not to venture out until I am fully recovered and this time I decided to listen (early in the month I chose to ignore my inner voice, went out on a windy day and suffered a set back, the high pollen count is not helping either. Reason I am still not up to par).
Hope the weather has stabilized. It was T-shirt on Monday winter coat on Wednesday and freeze warning for Wednesday and Thursday nights not to mention waking up to snow covered ground on Wednesday (April 15) morning.
I should (hope to) be in fine shape by the end of this week and ready to get the garden going.
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