i am getting ready

foolishpleasureDecember 11, 2012

Just ordered the seed starting system from park seed.it is a mini greenhouse . it has 40 cells. i opted for the 40 cells because individually bigger than the 60 cells unit. The top is 4 1/2 inch. but when my seedlings are 4 inches i transfer them to individual pots and let them grow. Last year I had flowers on the tomato and pepper plants before i transferred them to the garden. But don't do that to summer squash, cucumber and watermelons and the cantaloupe because it is a pain in the AZ. I know it is early but I am itching to care for the little ones.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

As is often discussed on the Growing from Seed forum the domes, the mini-greenhouse tops, are supposed to be removed immediately after germination. Leaving seedlings to grow under those domes prevents adequate air circulation and usually leads to damp-off and other fungal disease problems.

The purpose of the domes is only to keep the soil moist enough for germination. Even then it isn't required for any reason.

Dave

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 3:01PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

Good advice, Dave.

Jim

    Bookmark   December 12, 2012 at 6:24PM
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foolishpleasure

I leave them to sprout under the dome and at about 2 inches I take them out of the dome system to individual pots. My experience is that the dome helps having normal seedlings not the leggy ones. Because my season in zone 7 is so short I start early and when the time to take tem out they are real plants some with flowers. I am sure some of you like me are itching to start the garden fun. I already bought so much tools probably I am not going to need all of it. I bought a garden scooter with buckets for seeds fertilizers and collecting fruits and tool rack and a seat so I can set while I am working.
My woman thinks I lost my mind.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 7:59AM
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happyhelper

That is the way I survive the winter is to plan our garden. I just ordered pepper and tomato seeds. One of the peppers I wanted to try is already sold out.
No, you have not lost your mind!

Helen

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 8:25AM
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bomber095(z5b MA)

I had that system for a while, and it served it's purpose. However, it became my opinion after a while that Jiffy pot replacements were cheaper than replacement plugs for the Park unit

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 9:48AM
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pnbrown

"My woman thinks I lost my mind."

Ha! Welcome to the club...

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 6:51PM
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sweetquietplace(6 WNC Mtn.)

I put a germinating blend in the bottom of one of those domed roasted chicken containers that you get at the grocery store. Add the seeds, sprinkle with water, put the dome on top, and place on that warm spot on the top of your refrigertor or freezer. I also make a small flat out of the Marie Callender steamer containers...keep it watered by pouring water through the hole into the bottom tray.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2012 at 6:06PM
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