Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Seed Starting or Let the Garden Begin
Let the garden begin! Today I am starting the first of my greenhouse seedlings. I actually start them indoors for the first two weeks since my greenhouse is not heated and seeds like a fairly even heat to germinate well.
I got this nifty coconut coir in a block this year. Good price from Gardner's Supply Company. I like coconut coir as a seed starting medium.
You put the block in a bucket with quite a bit of water.
In a few minutes, it fluffs up into this nice, moist material.
My seeds are organized [at least the ones I bought are, the seeds I saved are another story].
I put the coconut coir medium into this tray with larger sized planting squares since the tomatoes are in the greenhouse for about 8 weeks and will benefit from the extra room.
I am growing three kinds of tomatoes this year. I select short season varieties. The Sungold hybrid is a new one for me, as is the Legend variety. The Delicious variety is left over from last year.
I put three seeds in each pot.
Cover the seeds with about a 1/4 of an inch of coconut coir and the label them. Into the house for a toasty couple weeks. We'll see how soon they come up.
Average date of last frost in my area is May 15th. This year could be May 1st [maybe I am being optimistic]. Last year it was May 30th. Yeah, my climate sucks. It is so variable.