Yesterday I planted 4 trays with a total of 244 cells. Lots of everything:
- 8 tomato varieties
- 6 pepper varieties
- Annual herbs
- Various flowers
I soaked many of the seeds overnight, using a handy dandy styrofoam egg carton. It worked great, but you have to be very careful not to overfill or slosh the carton around otherwise everything could easily get mixed up.
I filled the cells a little more than halfway with regular potting soil and soaked them as best as I could, first by bottom watering overnight (fail) then by drizzling a gallon of water over them.
Next came the seed starting mix, which is difficult to wet in the little pots and shrinks substantially when you finally do get it wet. So I filled a plastic 3 quart container with the mix, watered it down, stirred it around, and repeated until the container was full. Each tray needed an entire container. I ran out of my new Jiffy professional organic mix and was happy to find my leftover Burpee organic mix. (But the Jiffy seemed a bit nicer to mess with…less stringy coconut crap).
Then came the seedy fun.
So it only took about 4 hours or so, but all the babies are tucked in ready to rock and roll!
I’ve got this shit all figured out!
I was running late this morning so I didn’t stick the babies out in the sun. And really, they don’t need any sun yet.
But it’s really very cool outside and in the basement. Doesn’t feel much like spring at all. So out of curiosity I stuck a digital meat thermometer in the soil. I got readings between 55 and 57 degrees. A quick google search let me know that ain’t going to cut it. (I don’t got this shit fugured out apparently.)
My 2017 germination issues make a lot of sense now.
Babies got moved upstairs for the night.
I scored 6 new varieties of heirloom seeds from Park today for $1 each with no shipping. Dreams of infinite seeds and plants from that $6 investment stoked the fire in my farmer’s heart and oiled the gears of my calculating mind. Then that huge oversight of required germination temperature reminded me that I’m still a very young student. But like some chick on this documentary I watched one time said, “If you grow for 30 years, it’s only 30 tries. Imagine trying to be an expert musician after 30 tries.” Or something like that.
Next year when I’m a farmer I’ll buy some heat mats.
I bought some heat mats from Amazon with same-day shipping. 🙂