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Seed Starting Tips & More

Seed Starting Tips & More! 

1- Keep soil warm and moist,
I use plastic wrap over the trays,
and spray a *weak chamomile
the tops often [every day].

2- Premoisten soil- before planting seeds
[use three seeds per 'cup' for maximum germination]

3-Use only seed starting soil; sterile soil is best,
buggies eat the babies in garden soil, or too
much fertilizer in potting mix will burn the seedlings.

4- To check for germination rate or get a jump start,
try placing several seeds in a moistened
paper towel and keep it in a sealed jar for about 14 days.
I do this just to see how many seeds will sprout or to see that
they are for sure sprouting
before I put them started already, in my trays

5- Seeds do not need light until they appear from the soil,
in fact darkness is best for  germination.



*WEAK HOMEMADE CHAMOMILE TEA
for SEEDLINGS:
Make a cup of tea with one chamomile tea bag, steeping
it for four minutes,
then with that same tea bag make a second cup,
this is weak chamomile tea.
Add this to a quart spray bottle
and enough water to fill the bottle,
use this on seedlings.
Place moist seed flats in a sunny window
until the package directions say it is safe to plant outside.


HARDENING OFF

Before planting outside
small plants must be hardened off, 
This means that they need to get used
to being outside.

First few days- 2 to  3 days
2 hours outside on a sunny warm day, 
NOT IN DIRECT SUN for more
than a few minutes

 Days 4 to 5
Five or more hours in dappled sunshine,
warm and sunny day.

Day 6 and on
Allow them some outside time at night
as long as it is not freezing.

Note; the days are not exact
but give you a general idea on what to do.


A GREAT MIXTURE FOR ORGANIC FERTILIZER
TO SPRAY DIRECTLY ON THE PLANTS.

Mix the following in a gallon of water.

1 cup compost tea
1 ounce molasses
1 ounce natural apple cider vinegar
1 ounce liquid seaweed
I call this Garrett Juice (ready to spray).