Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Disappointed...Italian Long Hots...and tomatoes
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 5:45 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Judy McConnell Yesterday at 3:08 pm

» Today's Harvest
by brianj555 Yesterday at 2:20 pm

» N&C Midwest; November Already? 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:49 am

» The Winter Journey and greenhouse plastic
by has55 Yesterday at 6:26 am

» New England Nov 2017
by trolleydriver 11/23/2017, 8:53 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by trolleydriver 11/23/2017, 8:49 am

» Happy Thanksgiving All!
by AtlantaMarie 11/23/2017, 8:26 am

» Birds of the Garden
by Scorpio Rising 11/22/2017, 9:01 pm

» Holy snow Batman!
by trolleydriver 11/22/2017, 3:44 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson 11/22/2017, 12:33 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by AtlantaMarie 11/22/2017, 11:55 am

» My new compost heap
by AtlantaMarie 11/22/2017, 8:20 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 11/21/2017, 11:55 am

» Alternative cover to straw for overwintering strawberries.
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/21/2017, 9:38 am

» First Frost!
by brianj555 11/20/2017, 3:27 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/20/2017, 11:29 am

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/20/2017, 8:56 am

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 11/19/2017, 11:07 am

» BOOK GIVEAWAY #5 - ENDS 11/17/17
by brianj555 11/18/2017, 4:12 pm

» What I learned this year
by countrynaturals 11/18/2017, 1:45 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver 11/18/2017, 9:26 am

» First Tromboncino female flower
by countrynaturals 11/17/2017, 5:51 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 11/17/2017, 1:59 pm

» Free lunaria seeds
by hammock gal 11/17/2017, 10:12 am

» Plastic containers / trash cans?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 10:33 pm

» Mels book
by Scorpio Rising 11/16/2017, 7:04 pm

» Mid-Atl - Nov 2017 - Warming Up AGAIN?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 4:17 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:59 pm

» Goodbye to my SFG Raised Beds
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:41 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Seed Starting!!

Page 9 of 9 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  littlesapphire on 1/24/2016, 2:19 pm

I've done paper pots in the past.  They worked pretty well for me.  I just opened the bottom up a little before planting!

I only did it the one year though.  I'm too lazy to make the pots every year, lol.  What I've been doing is I start my seeds in a flat of sterile seed starting mix (i'm going to use fine vermiculite this year), then up pot into left over 3 inch plastic pots full of MM.
avatar
littlesapphire

Female Posts : 826
Join date : 2010-04-08
Age : 33
Location : Jamestown, NY (Zone 5a)

View user profile http://www.sanorigardens.org

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  CapeCoddess on 1/24/2016, 2:23 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:CC then do you pot them up after they have true leaves?  Into peat pots?  
Nope, they'll stay in their six packs, just like when you buy them at the nursery. And then get transplanted directly into the SFG when it's time.
I'm just too lazy to mess around any more than that.  
Wink
Although they will get fed some liquid fertilizer, probably Neptune, if they need it between sprouting and the time they go into the garden.
CC
avatar
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6478
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 61
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/24/2016, 3:00 pm

OK, thanks, CC & LS. I know, I seem to always overestimate the amount of expendable time I have....might make some newspaper planters and supplement with peat ones.
avatar
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 5470
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Should I be discouraged?

Post  Kathy Gizzi on 2/20/2016, 10:04 am

So, I planted all of my seedlings on Wednesday, and to date, I see a whole lot of nothing! I had hoped to see at least a sprout or two by today. No such luck!

avatar
Kathy Gizzi

Female Posts : 51
Join date : 2016-02-10
Age : 43
Location : Myrtle Beach, SC Zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/20/2016, 10:21 am

Very frustrating.... Especially when you're so eager!

Look at your seeds packs. They should tell you germination times...
avatar
AtlantaMarie

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4337
Join date : 2014-03-18
Age : 54
Location : Buford, GA - Zones 7B/8A

View user profile http://www.defensivespecialties.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  sanderson on 2/20/2016, 1:59 pm

My husband tells me that a watched seed never sprouts! The seeds know when their time is right. One of the faster seeds to germinate is radish. I know if the radishes are coming up, then things are good. Soil temp is very important and maybe your soil is not quite warm enough yet. ???

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14948
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 69
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Inside start

Post  Kathy Gizzi on 2/20/2016, 2:49 pm

These are seeds that I started inside in trays.  I would imagine at almost 70 degrees, it's warm enough-right?
avatar
Kathy Gizzi

Female Posts : 51
Join date : 2016-02-10
Age : 43
Location : Myrtle Beach, SC Zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  sanderson on 2/20/2016, 3:23 pm

Should be but still may take longer than if the soil was, say, 80*F.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14948
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 69
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Seed starting

Post  CapeCoddess on 2/20/2016, 3:51 pm

@Kathy Gizzi wrote:So, I planted all of my seedlings on Wednesday, and to date, I see a whole lot of nothing!  I had hoped to see at least a sprout or two by today.  No such luck!


What seeds did you plant?  Inside or out?  

If out, I see temps from 30's to 60's at Myrtle Beach.  The MM is probably still on the cooler side. It'll take a while for them to sprout.  See the back of ANSFG book for the temp germination chart.  

If in, what did you use for planting medium?  Did you water them in after planting them?  Are they on a heat mat?  are they in an enclosure, like a mini green house?

CC
avatar
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6478
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 61
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  camprn on 2/20/2016, 6:14 pm

bump

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  CitizenKate on 2/20/2016, 11:20 pm

We're still a ways off for starting tomatoes here, usually not until early April.  Meanwhile, I finally finished building my new grow light stand, and I'm starting off the season with some lettuce, cabbage, and spinach seeds, all indoors.
avatar
CitizenKate

Posts : 782
Join date : 2015-03-20
Location : Northeast KS, USA; Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/20/2016, 11:25 pm

Wow, Kate! Are you using a heating pad for germination? I have a rack I my basement, and I don't think it is warm enough to get germination to happen dependably.

Have you had luck getting earlier harvests using indoor spinach and lettuce starts?
avatar
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 5470
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  CitizenKate on 2/21/2016, 12:04 am

I use a heat pad for some things, it just depends on what germination temperatures the seed likes best.  Lettuce seeds seem to do okay for me at room temperature, but tomato and pepper seeds like it warmer.

I started lettuce and spinach indoors at the beginning of last year's growing season, and that went pretty well.  Only I didn't do that until around late April, thinking I couldn't have anything out if it was still freezing some nights, but then found out some gardeners in the area were putting them out earlier.

This year, my beds are already thawed out and workable, so I think I'll be able to put out early season crops a little earlier this year.  Then again, I've been fooled before.   What a Face
avatar
CitizenKate

Posts : 782
Join date : 2015-03-20
Location : Northeast KS, USA; Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/21/2016, 12:16 am

My beds are workable, too, but I think it is way to early for me to put anything out. I am still ( ? ) bracing for WINTER I love you lots o but it hasn't happened?
avatar
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 5470
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  CitizenKate on 2/21/2016, 9:05 am

It definitely is too early now, and there is a possibility of snow in our forecast for the 2nd week of March.  But it will take until after then before the seedlings have to be transplanted, anyway, so I'm just going to see how things go.  Worst thing to happen is, I'll have to start another batch in March.
avatar
CitizenKate

Posts : 782
Join date : 2015-03-20
Location : Northeast KS, USA; Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  camprn on 2/21/2016, 9:08 am



IillkkKathy GizziSo, I planted all of my seedlings on Wednesday, and to date, I see a whole lot of nothing!  I had hoped to see at least a sprout or two by today.  No such luck!

Did you plant seeds? What kind?




____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/21/2016, 11:24 am

Great charts, camp, thanks!
avatar
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 5470
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  trolleydriver on 2/21/2016, 11:28 am

Yes really good seed starter charts. I've saved them electronically in my SFG folder and I've printed them out for future use.
avatar
trolleydriver

Forum Moderator

Male Posts : 3874
Join date : 2015-05-04
Age : 70
Location : Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  plantoid on 2/21/2016, 1:25 pm

My heated UV bed is set at 17 oC directly under the seed trays  , Today Sunday 21 Feb  I've taken out six tubes of germinated long trailing red, white & blue Lobellia , so that in a couple of weeks I can plant up all six of our hanging baskets.

I've also spent a hour or so sowing 40 seed tubes with AYR cauli , kabuki dwarf broccoli , dwarf  French marigolds,  more Lobellia , Petit Pois  garden peas ( I loathe these sort of peas but Alison &HollyRobyn love them ) and a load of Busy Lizzie seeds .

 I was supposed to be admitted to hospital this morning , but there is no bed available for me so the operation has been put back to an unknown date .

What a way to run the that second biggest employment business in the world ....... The Chinese Army takes first place. This is the third time it's been cancelled for the same reason . Grrrrrrrr ! Laughing
avatar
plantoid

Male Posts : 3749
Join date : 2011-11-09
Age : 66

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  yolos on 2/21/2016, 2:40 pm

Camp - are the temperatures air temps or soil temps ???
avatar
yolos

Female Posts : 3291
Join date : 2011-11-20
Age : 67
Location : Brooks, Ga Zone 7B/8A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  landarch on 2/21/2016, 3:18 pm

Camp, thanks for the charts.

Kate, yep, way too early for some plants here in NE Kansas.  I've already found craigslist adds for tomato seedlings. Below are some pics of what I've started.  

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seedlings...starting to set out in filtered sun on warmer days.  I plan to set these out in early March with some protection if needed.  Second round of these have just germinated (room temp).


cole crops and buttercrunch lettuce potted up...I love these plastic tulip crates...I think I can score some more free ones from various landscape contractors...good for seed trays (they stack), and harvest.


I also wanted to experiment with starting some seeds in soil blocks. Below is a medium block maker I made last week.  A carriage bolt run through a plastic spice container with several nylon spacers to make a dimple...inside a clear plastic tube that goes around candle lantern for camping.  The next step was to build a small blocker...the block diameter needs to be slightly smaller than the nylon spacers. 


...so I found some plumbing parts from Restore for about $.10 each...top is a toilet paper roll holder inside a smooth chromed pipe...spring loaded with perfect dimple makers on each end...bottom is the same roll holder which slides into a cylinder made from a small aluminum juice can. 


here are the blocks as of this afternoon...with buttercrunch lettuce.  I had problems getting about half the blocks to stay together in one piece...and I think they may dry out faster than using plastic seeding cells. these blocks can either go right into the garden or slip into the larger block dimple.  soil blocks are supposed to prevent root-bound plants so we'll see.
avatar
landarch

Posts : 1145
Join date : 2012-01-22
Location : kansas city

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/21/2016, 9:01 pm

Nice, Landarch!  I need to get motivated for indoors.  My shelving unit is assembled, one of my boys did that for me for Christmas, but I don't know how to stick the fluorescent tubes into the fixtures.  Nor how to attach them to the shelves, but I will say the how to by Kate was very helpful!  Still nervous about the tubes, don't want to break them..... thinking


Last edited by Scorpio Rising on 2/21/2016, 9:10 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Mult typos)
avatar
Scorpio Rising

Female Posts : 5470
Join date : 2015-06-12
Age : 55
Location : Ada, Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  CitizenKate on 2/21/2016, 11:10 pm

@landarch wrote:Kate, yep, way too early for some plants here in NE Kansas.  I've already found craigslist adds for tomato seedlings. Below are some pics of what I've started.  

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seedlings...starting to set out in filtered sun on warmer days.  I plan to set these out in early March with some protection if needed.  Second round of these have just germinated (room temp).
Good, then I know I'm not too far ahead of the game, after all.
avatar
CitizenKate

Posts : 782
Join date : 2015-03-20
Location : Northeast KS, USA; Zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  camprn on 2/22/2016, 7:07 am

@yolos wrote:Camp - are the temperatures air temps or soil temps ???
I believe the top chart is air temp.and the bottom chart is soil temp, does it say so at the top?
No it doesn't. I'll try to find that info later.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Seed Starting!!

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 9 of 9 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum