Was I just LUCKY ?
Let me start by saying this just my 3rd your for vegetable gardening. The 1st year I bought plants from the local hardware store and was dismayed by the cost. But I saved all the cell packs and trays that I accumulated. Last year I ordered some seed (well actually alot of seed)and started a of my plants using those cell packs and trays but still bought my tomato plants.
Now after reading through the growing from seed section of the forum I find myself wondering if I was just lucky with my results.
You see I didn't do any of the prescribed recommendations that seem to be the tried and true methods for growing from seed.
I didn't bleach my cell packs or trays, heck I didn't even clean them out. I didn't use a soiless planting mix I just used miracle grow garden soil.I didn't use a heat pad or grow lights, I just put them on the floor in my bedroom that wasn't even all that close to a window. All I did was to put them outside during the day and bring them in at night and water them in my shower each morning before setting them out. My seed sprouting rate was over 90% and plant survival was what sprouted lived. My harvest was leaps and bounds better than the year before and my costs were far less than the year before. The one thing I did that seems to be recommended is to get a soil test done from the local county extension office.
So my question is have I just been lucky and need to change my ways or do I do the same thing again this year. If I do need to change I am going to need some advice.
As last year I will be doing about 100 corn plants, 100 to 120 different tomato plants,100 - 150 onion plants, 40 different cucumber plants, around 40 different pepper plants, about 30 or so Okra plants, around 50 bush bean plants, 30 or so broccoli plants, a couple zucchini, a couple egg plants,a couple cantaloupe and maybe a couple watermelon plants.There may be some more but that is the bulk of it.
I have no greenhouse and to be honest don't have the room for one in the yard for one. So as you can see I would need to have a pretty big light and heating setup to do it the way I have been doing it in the cell packs and really don't to change from that as I don't really like all the transplanting. I just want to go from sprouting to inground planting with as little fuss as necessary.
BUT I am more than willing to change just need to know why.
Also I am going to need to put up some fencing as I have acquired a rescue beagle and I think trying to break him from digging would probably kill one of us and I'm not to sure which of us it would be. Any ideas on a cheap fencing material would be greatly appreciated by us both. I dont have to fence everything as the cucumber are in raised beds and the tomatos will be in cages but I need to put something around alot of the rest at least while they are small.