I am so blessed!!!!! This past week, one of my garden friends gifted me with a bucket of pro-mix enabling me to start my onions, leeks and celeriac seeds.
Still unable to get into my shed for the needed seed starting containers, decided to retrieve the mushroom containers from the recycle bin and repurpose as seed starting containers (after cutting a hole in each corner for drainage). Made my own plant labels/markers using toothpicks, paper and clear tape.
After filling containers with pro-mix, I tap each gently on a hard surface to settle the mix, made 2 shallow rows, sow the seeds, cover lightly with milled sphagnum moss, water (from the bottom so as not to disturb the seeds), cover with plastic film and place in a warm place. Will check daily for germination. Place under grow light once seedlings emerge.
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You must be wondering: What is that light color stuff marking the rows in the first photo? It is NoDampOff. A unique blend of finely milled Wisconsin long fibered sphagnum moss.
I have been using this and similar products for years and have had very good results. So you can imagine how upset I was when I realize my bag of sphagnum moss is in the shed and I cannot get to it. Fortunately I found the above at Poughkeepsie Adams in the greenhouse section (I previously found it in their garden center may be it will be on the shelf at a later date). The cost is $4.99 for 222 cu.in (3.6L). A little goes a long way and this bag will last me a number of years.
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Two (2) seeds to a cell, will thin to one after they germinate.
Half of the celeriac is for my daughter and son-in-law. They do not have grow light so I start some seeds for them.
As you can see from the above photo, the celeriac seeds on the left is very tiny, the size of a pin head. To the right are 3 onion seeds for comparison.
Some of you may recall my 2/13/12 post titled: Two (2) Must Have Seed Starting Tools, click here for post.
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Continuing my carrots transplant experiment.
Using Jaune Obtuse du Doubs (a yellow carrot) and Cosmic Purple for this experiment. Seeds are sown in 6-inch deep milk containers (holes cut in the bottom for drainage). I plan to allow the carrot roots to grow as deep as possible in the container. The longer roots will be easier to work with allowing me to keep them straight during transplanting also there should be less root damage. Will keep you up-to-date with my experiment.
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This week I should start seeding lettuce and Asian greens also rooting Purple and Georgia Jet sweet potatoes for Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden (purple for myself as well, I do not like Georgia Jet).
According to the weather report, we are going to have above freezing temperature during the day for a whole week. Yeah, a heat wave! (Nighttime temp will still be below freezing though.) Which means I should clear away (again) the accumulated snow from the front of my shed door and hopefully the ground underneath the ramp will thaw allowing me to adjust it so I can open the door.
By the end of the week the snow piles should be lowered and perhaps we will see patches of grass somewhere.What a winter this has been!
First day of spring is only 11 days away.
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