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Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  llama momma on Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:04 pm

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I also use solo cups to up pot from soil blockers.  Cheap Solo cups are from the dollar store. Sometimes the plants and soil slide out easy then I re use the cup after washing.  If the cup is damaged then I don't mind throwing it out either.
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Post  sanderson on Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:03 pm

My quick 2 cents. I bought 2" x 3 1/4" green seedling pots when I first started. They are durable and will be going on their 3rd use in a couple of weeks. I just wash them with dish soap and rinse thoroughly and air dry. Also used cheap yogurt cups. For up-potting tomatoes, I use 44 plastic soda cups cut down to about 6". Wash everything for storage in my sfg storage cupboard. For common flowers I use pony packs, washed and stored, also. they are flimsy and break easily so I don't mind tossing when damaged because they were "free" with my purchased pony pack flowers.
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Post  floyd1440 on Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:17 pm

@Dunkinjean wrote:According one of my websites, I can start my tomato and pepper seeds Feb 19th.
Of course I can't wait since this is the first time I am trying to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed.

I am in 6A too and I don't start mine till the end of March.  2 year's ago we had 2 frosts in late May.  When is your last frost date?
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Post  Dunkinjean on Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:39 pm

Floyd,
My zone has changed to 7A last year.
I just tried to change it on my profile but was unable to do so.

That is why I can start Feb 19th.

Good luck!
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Post  meatburner on Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:28 pm

What was your experience before they changed your zone?
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we have been starting seeds

Post  kauairosina on Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:32 pm

all winter.  Most work well for us.  We are having a bit of dry weather so have to be sure to water them.  Lost some due to not watering enough.
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Post  Dunkinjean on Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:42 pm

I really believe we are actually as I posted between 6A and 7A.
I find sometimes that I can plant a week or two sooner. I have always planted a week or two sooner anyway!
My one son lives in Washington, DC and I believe they are also in Zone 7A which is strange since they do have a warmer spring and summer.
I don't mind change.
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Post  sanderson on Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:57 pm

I didn't want this article to get buried in other posts.  Only 60 days away for some of you. Smile http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/gardening-techniques/starting-seeds-indoors-zm0z12djzsor.aspx?PageId=1

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Post  floyd1440 on Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:08 am

I have asked Santa for some potting soil and more trellis mesh.  Hope he comes through as I need them both.  Then I need to start my garden plans before picking my seeds.

Time goes quickly.........
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Post  AtlantaMarie on Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:33 am

@sanderson wrote:I didn't want this article to get buried in other posts.  Only 60 days away for some of you. Smile  http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/gardening-techniques/starting-seeds-indoors-zm0z12djzsor.aspx?PageId=1
I had forgotten about this article & the apps that were attached...  Thanks, Sanderson!
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Bump!

Post  Scorpio Rising on Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:00 pm

Found this helpful article with a couple tips I had' heard, but a basic outline courtesy of Rodale:

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/seed-starting-simplified

Anyone have any experience with homemade newspaper cups? I am tempted to try them.
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Post  llama momma on Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:21 pm

If you wanted to search our lovely sfg site, I do recall somewhere, somebody, was complaining the newspaper really didn't work very well, it got too soft and fell apart.   Hopefully someone with actual experience will contribute soon.  Also recall Belinda from the foundation making little paper pots with a wooden form,  maybe 2-3 years ago?  My experience is with the soil blocker set up.  I like it.


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Post  camprn on Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:23 am

I had troubles with the small newspaper pots and only used them one year. I would probably only do it again if I had nothing else to plant in.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:49 am

@camprn wrote:
I had troubles with the small newspaper pots and only used them one year. I would probably only do it again if I had nothing else to plant in.

Did they fall apart, camp? I have a few 4 or 6 inch peat pots, but not many.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:36 pm

http://youtu.be/RWCIaydwM_w

Now this was helpful to me!
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Post  reynajrainwater on Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:29 am

This is my 1st time using the newspaper pots and I really like them. I haven't had any issues with them falling apart but I don't use them for starting my seeds. I start my seeds in an aerogarden and then transplant into the pots. 
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Post  reynajrainwater on Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:33 am

Not sure what I did to upload the picture upside-down. thinking
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Post  sanderson on Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:29 am

Nice looking seedlings.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:39 am

I agree, they look very healthy!
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Post  CapeCoddess on Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:13 am

I use used MM to start my seeds in. I fill the cell packs, stick in the seeds, water and then spritz with hydrogen peroxide and water mix to kill any fungus. Last year I used 1 inch cells to plant my seeds in. 

This year I'll be using this nifty starter kit that my neighbor found at the dump. 

After the seeds are planted the cell packs are covered and go on to a drugstore heating pad until they sprout. Then the cold crop seedlings go into the box bay window which faces southeast, uncovered.

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Post  CapeCoddess on Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:46 am

 reynajrainwater wrote:This is my 1st time using the newspaper pots and I really like them. I haven't had any issues with them falling apart but I don't use them for starting my seeds. I start my seeds in an aerogarden and then transplant into the pots. 
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Beautiful! Will you take the paper off before putting the plants into the ground?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:04 am

CC then do you pot them up after they have true leaves? Into peat pots?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:05 am

Reyna, I want to try the newspaper cups, glad they are working for you!
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Post  reynajrainwater on Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:55 am

CC, no. I will plant them paper and all.
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