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Question about starting indoors

Post  htanguay on 3/10/2012, 11:07 am

So I am still very new to this and have a couple questions. I had posted last week about my broccoli stem growing very large. It continues to grow.one was also very yellow. It is starting to green, but growing a very long stem as well. I am thinking about trashing them because I don't want to waste valuable garden space if they won't grow well. Is it too late to start the broccoli again or should i buy the started seeds froma nursery and transplant. As a newbie I am following the charts in the back of the book. It is suppose to be 12 weeks before first frost.

Also I read that it is hard to start onion seeds...recommendations or are they better bought already started?

Thanks for all your knowledge!

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Re: Question about starting indoors

Post  curio on 3/10/2012, 11:23 am

it sounds like your broccoli is too far from the light source. The light should be as close to the seedlings as possible (I keep mine at 2-3" overhead). I wouldn't trash them, since when you transplant you can bury most of the stem up to the leaves in the MM in the bed. I would fertilize them with half strength kelp or fish fertilizer (liquid) if they're in seed starting mix.

I start onions and leeks from seed. They don't seem to be that hard to sprout, however I sprout mine under lights and on a heat pad. They do take a bit to get to a size that's good to transplant, so buying the started seedlings, or the bunched babies for this year might be the way to go.

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Post  camprn on 3/10/2012, 5:39 pm

HT, I too live in the north east. Because I am not planting exotic varieties of them, I am not going to start my brassicas from seed this year. I'l just pick up the seedlings in sixpacks from a local grower. I am trying the onions from seed. You still have time to give those a try and if they don't work you can always plant onion sets.

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