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Post  georgiahomegarden on 2/15/2012, 10:47 pm

I picked up an all in one kit today from Home Depot. This is my first time starting seeds. If anyone has any tips or suggestions on using these, I would appreciate it. Thanks.

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Post  TN_GARDENER on 2/16/2012, 7:03 am

You might need some supplemental light so they don't get leggy.

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Post  graficow on 2/16/2012, 8:18 am

I used them last year and I thought they made seed starting easy BUT

this year as Im preparing my garden Im pulling out all those pellets. They DO NOT

decompose in a years time. They have a stocking-like material holding them together.

Gee. wonder if I can use them again!!!!
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Post  georgiahomegarden on 2/16/2012, 8:20 pm

@graficow wrote:I used them last year and I thought they made seed starting easy BUT

this year as Im preparing my garden Im pulling out all those pellets. They DO NOT

decompose in a years time. They have a stocking-like material holding them together.

Gee. wonder if I can use them again!!!!

I have heard others talk about that netting, but I think mine must be something different because I didn't really see any netting.
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Post  georgiahomegarden on 2/16/2012, 8:21 pm

@TN_GARDENER wrote:You might need some supplemental light so they don't get leggy.

Do I have to use a supplemental light? I am on a tight budget this year. I was hoping I could just use window sill and then straight to garden. Is that doable?
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Post  CindiLou on 2/16/2012, 9:19 pm

I never use the jiffy pellets anymore. The netting does not degrade...It will be in the soil for years! I replace them with peat pellets..more expensive but actually is biodegradable.
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Post  camprn on 2/17/2012, 6:47 am

If I happen to use pellet pots for my seedlings I will use a scissors to remove the netting when I transplant the wee plants into the garden. What a Face

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Post  tabletopper on 2/17/2012, 7:42 am

I use little newspaper pots I make ...they are biodegradable......sheets wrapped around a small tin can and masking tape.....I think I saw a video....on Garden Girl..........Ruth

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Post  TN_GARDENER on 2/17/2012, 10:43 am

@georgiahomegarden wrote:
@TN_GARDENER wrote:You might need some supplemental light so they don't get leggy.

Do I have to use a supplemental light? I am on a tight budget this year. I was hoping I could just use window sill and then straight to garden. Is that doable?

Probably so. Once the seeds sprout (lots of seeds will sprout without light, so you probably have another week or so).

Might be able to use something you already own. I have a couple of desk lamps and clamp lights from the garage that I use.

You can pick these sort of things up for about $2 at any home improvement store. Just plug em right in to an extension cord. Not perfect, but it's better than nothing (days are still fairly short in Feb). Just make sure use compact fluorescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs can put off too much heat.




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Post  camprn on 2/17/2012, 5:11 pm

@TN_GARDENER wrote:
@georgiahomegarden wrote:
@TN_GARDENER wrote:You might need some supplemental light so they don't get leggy.

Do I have to use a supplemental light? I am on a tight budget this year. I was hoping I could just use window sill and then straight to garden. Is that doable?

Probably so. Once the seeds sprout (lots of seeds will sprout without light, so you probably have another week or so).

Might be able to use something you already own. I have a couple of desk lamps and clamp lights from the garage that I use.

You can pick these sort of things up for about $2 at any home improvement store. Just plug em right in to an extension cord. Not perfect, but it's better than nothing (days are still fairly short in Feb). Just make sure use compact fluorescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs can put off too much heat.

Georgia Gardener, I bet at this time of year and in your neck of the woods you could probably use a cold frame or a hot bed.

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