Saturday, February 15, 2014

Seed Starting 2014

It's that time of year again.  Time to start the seeds in the garage.  Actually it was supposed to be 2 weeks ago, however we were a bit busy getting ready for the AWANA grand prix.  I ordered seeds from Terroir Seeds this year (  However, upon looking through the seeds in my box I realized I still had a LOT of tomato seeds from the past few years.  I decided to hang on to the new seeds and planted last years stock.  We planted plenty of extras to compensate for the lowered germination rate of the old seeds.  We'll see how it works out.

Two years ago I used peat pots to start the seeds.  At the end of the year I was pulling complete pots out of the ground.  They didn't break down at all.  Last year I mixed up a fancy soil mix and made soil cubes.  It worked pretty well, however it was time consuming making all those soil blocks.  You also had to be real careful when watering them to not erode the block away.  This year I'm going back to my dad's method.  Get wax coated dixie cups from the store, poke holes in the bottom, fill with miracle grow potting soil, insert seeds.

We planted 128 Irish Paste seeds in 64 Dixie cups.  Lillie helped so I'm sure we will find an odd plant here or there.  We also planted 16 green pepper cups and 16 jalapeno cups.  They are all currently in the garage under the florescent light.

Logan helps break up dirt clumps.

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