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My fall seed starting conundrum

Posted by veeta 7 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 5, 10 at 14:56

All of my seed packets (broccoli, kale, collards, brussels sprouts) said 10 or so days to emergence, so I thought I could get away with planting them (in pro mix in cow pots) and leaving them in a shed window while I am on vacation. Well lo and behold the things popped up in a few days, and now they are getting leggy! (I plan on getting lights--but later obviously--no time now.)
I was thinking I could put them outside (in zone 7 August heat, mind you), and have a neighbor water them when he waters my garden (I have a good neighbor). Do you think that is the best solution?


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RE: My fall seed starting conundrum

Seeds started indoors have to be hardened off before setting them out in the sun. Set them out in the sun full time now and they'll fry, because they are not used to the UV rays.

The best you can do if you have to set them out is put them in the shade so they get a bit of morning sun and are shaded for the rest of the day. You run the risk of the pots drying out--especially if they are small ones and them getting leggier


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