Winter Frost – Seeds And Potting Soil – 2014

It will soon be time to set out your Cole (not cold) crops in much of the U.S. That means that soon, very soon you should be starting you seedlings indoors for transplanting into garden soil March and April.

It’s time to make or buy seedling started pots.

Simply Flagstaff blog Has designed and provided construction details on making your very own $3.00 newspaper seedling starter pots.

Cindy said”
1 – 2 inch PVC Coupling
2 – 1 1/2 inch PVC Dome Slip Cap
3 – 1 1/2 inch PVC Bushing

The assembly is super easy. Place the bushing (#3) into the dome slip cap (#2) …that’s it!!”

Visit Simply Flagstaff blog for a lot of photographs and a detail construction and How to use your new Newspaper seedling starter pot maker.

Food for thought {pun intended} Whether you are planting your seeds directly into your garden soil or in seedling pots, soil temperature is all important in getting them off to a good start..

Few gardening guru’s will tell those new to gardening how to maximize seed germination after you invest, money, time and effort into getting that tiny seed into the soil. For proper germination and strong healthy seedlings you must have the right combination of soil temperature, soil moisture and planting depth.

Seeds planted to shallow will emerge quickly, but, will be easily damaged until they have time to put down deep roots. Seeds planted to deep may never emerge into the light of day. *Read and follow planting instructions on your seed package!

  • 1. If your soil is to wet, your seeds may rot before germination.
  • 2. Planted in dry soil your seed will lay dormant until there’s enough moisture to germinate.
  • 3. Seed planted in cool soil will be slow to germinate or your seeds may rot before they germinate.
  • Success with seed
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    Time and temperature needed to grow vegetable transplants
    Crop Time from seeding to germination (days) Optimum soil temperature (°F) Seed Planting time to transplanting (weeks)
    Broccoli 7–10 50–85 6-8
    Cabbage 4–10 50–85 6-8
    Celery 9–21 50–65 11-13
    Cucumber 6–10 65–85 5-6
    Eggplant 6–10 65–85 7-10
    Lettuce 6–8 50–65 4-6
    Melons 6–8 65–85 4-5
    Onion 7–10 65–85 9
    Pepper 9–14 70–85 7-9
    Squash 4–6 65–85 4-5
    Tomato 6–12 65–85 6-8

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    8 responses to “Winter Frost – Seeds And Potting Soil – 2014

    1. Thanks very much for this post, Robert. It is encouraging and straightforward. You’ve gathered helpful options and excellent reference material for the necessary steps into one handy article. Good timing for gardeners like me dreaming of Spring, but who are a little slow moving to the action phase. – The Healing Garden gardener

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      • Re garden98110 – Thanks for dropping by to visit my humble blog and for your comment(s).
        Living almost my entire life in the country I attempt to find DIY ideas for most of my projects. Grin … I’m Frugal not Cheap!
        Happy Gardening

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    2. thanks for the reminder, I’ll be starting my onions next weekend!
      Happy New Year

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      • Re bittster Thanks for visiting my tiny garden blog and for your comment(s)
        It gets to hot and to dry for onions from seed to do well here. I always plant a large pot setting on my back-porch with about 100 onion sets and harvest/use them as small green onions.
        Happy spring gardening

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    3. I am still trying to get my plants through the winter – hoping my chilis wont die – sitting in the basement, soil too wet, leaves drying up and suspect fungus gnats, for some reason cannot manage to sustain plants indoors, whereas outdoors nature kindof takes care of them. Maybe I will follow your lead and start getting ready to sow some chili seedlings just in case their parents dont make it…. Nice post as always

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      • Re polianthus Thanks for visiting my little blog.
        Leaf drop in peppers being over wintered is a common but not serious problem as long as you are allowing the soil to dry 1 or 2 inches deep before watering. Keeping air temperatures above 75 may be helpful as well.
        Colorado State University fact sheet on gnat control may be helpful.
        http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05584.html

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        • thanks very much for your ideas also for the link – I have some “leftover” nematodes in my fridge, use by date was july but sure out of the billions in there some must still be alive even now. Worth a shot. May post a picture of unhappy peppers soon otherwise and request more guidance 🙂

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