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Post  llama momma on 4/6/2013, 12:03 pm

Can't find the answer to this--

If seedlings die or don't germinate at all, can the same Johnny's 512 soil mix be re-used? I was thinking of mixing it up with a bunch of fresh mix. Good idea or bad idea?

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Post  camprn on 4/6/2013, 12:05 pm

My first question is what is it that caused the demise of the seedlings and what didn't germinate?

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Post  llama momma on 4/6/2013, 12:35 pm

Got a handfull or so of empty 3/4" blocks sitting around from weeks ago, they're all mixed together now. Flowers, herbs, veggies like cosmos, parsley, brassicas. When they didn't grow at all or dampened off I tossed them aside. Not knowing what's what anymore, maybe throw it all away camp?
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Re: Johnny's 512 Question

Post  camprn on 4/6/2013, 12:42 pm

Well, pitch it into the compost pile and start over is the safest course. Very Happy

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Post  llama momma on 4/6/2013, 12:49 pm

Off to the compost pile it goes... thank you.
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Post  quiltbea on 4/6/2013, 6:57 pm

I guess I'm just frugal, but when mine don't germinate, I figure I've not misted enuf (sometimes I forget) or the seeds were just duds since I've been using some that are years old. I put them in a container and when they are completely dried out so no long-forgotten seeds germinate in the new batch, I toss them in the mixing container, wet them, and incorporate them into my new batch of mix. They don't seem to matter with the next batch. I get good germination if I've been careful of the moisture content. I can't think the failures were from disease being started in a basement furnace room away from outdoor soils......but age of seeds or something stupid on my part.
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