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Discussion in 'Seed Starting / Propagation' started by marlingardener, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    The Yellow Pear and Sungold tomato seedlings are up and under grow lights as of yesterday. The Mexican Tarragon (herb) is, too.
    I used a sterile seed starter mix, and spent most of one day trying to get the stuff damp. I won't use that again!
    What do you all use to start seeds? I'll be planting inside for the next two weeks, so I have time to switch mixes.
     
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  3. carolyn

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    Jane, The soiless mix is your best choice. Still use it, but use hot water and a little dish soap to make it absorb. Let it sit for a few hours before you use it for seeds, though.
     
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    Jane, here are 3 soil mixes that work well.


    Basis Mix for seeds
    4-5 parts peat moss
    1 part vermiculite
    1 part perlite

    I wet with warm water in an old dish pan. Over wet then add more dry mix til it's where you want it to be. I let set over night to absorb completely.


    Basic Mix with Compost
    2 parts compost
    2-4 parts peat moss
    1 part vermiculite
    1 part perlite

    Basic Mix with Nutrients
    Add 1/2 cup each for every 8 gallons if mix.
    1/2 cup Bone meal
    1/2 cup lime stone ( raises PH & provides calcium & magnesium)
    1/2 cup Blood meal or soymeal ( nitrogen)
     
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    marlingardener Strong Ash

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    Carolyn, I did use hot water, but didn't think to use dish soap as a surfactant--great idea! I'll use up the remaining few cups of soilless mix using soap.
    Donna, I think when I run out of soilless mix, I'll use your basic mix with compost, and when I up-pot (I love that term--up-pot!) I'll use your basic mix with nutrients.
    There's a solution or two for every problem on the Stew! :-D
     
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    I use plain old horse manure and a bit of potting soil. Works great, doesn`t pack down, built in fertilizer for seedlings.
     

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