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How much condensation is good?

Posted by COgardener2675 5/CO (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 10, 12 at 15:40

This is my fist year WS'ing and I'm doing milk jugs, 2 ltr bottles and some lagasna trays.

I have alot of condensation on the trays, but almost none on the jugs and bottles. Do I have too many drainage holes? Not enough air holes? Or am I just being paranoid? I'm trying to trust Mother Nature, but I am a bit nervous.

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RE: How much condensation is good?

If they're frozen it's hard to tell, when they thaw out you should see some humidity under flat-top containers. Milk jugs and bottles are shaped like flues and the air vents cleanly up and out. With these types of containers you can detect dry soil by its appearance. Dry soil is much lighter in color than moist soil--think about brownie mix, when you haven't added the eggs yet it's still very powdery brown/tan, but when it's moist it is darker in color. Also, a moistened block of soil which has dried out will condense, you can see that it has pulled away from the walls of the bottle. And thirdly, water equals weight--dry flats don't way a lot, they're quite light in comparison to others.

Hope this helps.


RE: How much condensation is good?

Thanks Trudi ... that makes sense on the jugs vs flat tops. I'll keep an eye on the soil color.

RE: How much condensation is good?

One of my fave ways to water a container is to use a soda or water bottle and tilt the dry container to "Tower of Pisa" angle and then gently, slowly dribble in the water, letting it run down the inside wall of the dry container. This way I don't splash the seeds out with a downpour of water.


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