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Starting over.... Step by step advice?

Posted by wreckitriz none (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 22, 13 at 9:13

I'm starting my seedlings over and could use some step by step advice. I'm in zone 7a if that matters.

So I have:
Plant bulb from Home Depot
Shop light from Home Depot
Red solo cups
Ziplock bags
Foil circular bowls 2inch deep
Jiffy seed starting mix

Lettuce (butter?)
Cherry tomato

I work at Home Depot so I can pick up what I need today after work. Any advice on how to do germination? Right now I have 5 seeds spread apart in 6 foil tins (about 6 inch radius) of various species in individual zip lock bags on top of my fridge germinating (started last night). But I am so unsure of myself I wonder if I should chuck those and my seedlings in peat pellets out and start over. I transferred the peat pellets and lost a ton of seedlings. :( not to mention I planted 3-4 seeds per pellet so they are insanely crowded.

Also, to prevent thinning and transplanting, could I plant 1 seed per peat cell to delay transferring?

And I have two 4x2 beds and will build two 4x4 beds here soon. How many seedlings of each variety should I aim to transplant into those beds for a decent yield. I don't want to transfer one, have it die and have no back ups and not get to grow a specific species. I was thinking 4-6 seedlings per plant type?

Thanks y'all!

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RE: Starting over.... Step by step advice?

First, I have to ask why starting over? What did you do before and why didn't it work?

Second, have you read through all the FAQs here? They are linked near the top of the forum page and are pretty much step by step.

Third, all the things on your list wouldn't be started at the same time and several of them are normally direct seeded, not started indoors - lettuce, corn, cucumber, both melons, peas. Although Butter Lettuce is a head lettuce so you can start it indoors if you wish.

What specific "plant bulb"? What bulbs for the shop light? It will be real hard to fit all of those plants under one light.

What size cups and how do you plan to use them? Small 3 oz work ok for germination.

Also, to prevent thinning and transplanting, could I plant 1 seed per peat cell to delay transferring?

Why avoid? Thinning is easy to do with snip scissors and some things - tomatoes and peppers - need to be transplanted at least once just to trigger feeder root development. All the others will benefit from a transplant.

Need more info please.


PS: Skip the foil bowls. Not sure what you planned to use them for - water or germination - but anything plastic is better if using them for shallow germination. Got any yogurt cups or butter dishes? Anything with soil in it needs holes punched in them.

Here is a link that might be useful: Growing from Seed FAQs

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