Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Toplef10Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) 1zd3ho10

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.

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) I22gcj10Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]

Join the forum, it's quick and easy

Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Toplef10Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) 1zd3ho10

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.

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) I22gcj10Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Square Foot Gardening Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» .?? Sfg to conventional bearing vegetables
by Simso Yesterday at 6:36 pm

» Hello From Wilmington NC zone 8a
by sanderson Yesterday at 5:43 pm

» Hello from San jose, ca zone 9
by sanderson Yesterday at 5:30 pm

» New SFG Instructor
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:30 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:25 pm

» Seed Starting Indoors
by Simso 1/15/2022, 9:50 pm

» Greenhouse sizes
by sanderson 1/15/2022, 7:02 pm

» Corn Growing
by Scorpio Rising 1/12/2022, 1:06 pm

» Sanderson's Urban SFG in Fresno, California
by sanderson 1/12/2022, 12:26 am

» Watermelons and trellis
by Simso 1/11/2022, 7:32 pm

» What's a good type of lettuce to try for some one who doesn't like lettuce?
by donnainzone5 1/11/2022, 6:49 pm

» Compost?
by sanderson 1/10/2022, 4:54 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by OhioGardener 1/10/2022, 9:23 am

» January: What to plant in Northern California and Central Valley areas
by sanderson 1/9/2022, 5:49 pm

» Does anyone have any fruit trees?
by sanderson 1/9/2022, 5:39 pm

» Mel's Mix: Replenishing
by sanderson 1/9/2022, 5:38 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson 1/9/2022, 5:33 pm

» What Have You Picked From Your Garden Today
by markqz 1/9/2022, 4:59 pm

» Sweet Potato Slips - Buy or Grow?
by Scorpio Rising 1/8/2022, 11:18 pm

» N & C Midwest: Jan & Feb 2022!
by Scorpio Rising 1/8/2022, 12:19 am

» Hello from North Texas zone 8a
by sanderson 1/7/2022, 6:52 pm

» Cayenne, 'ye believe it?
by sanderson 1/7/2022, 6:44 pm

» Areogardening
by sanderson 1/7/2022, 6:39 pm

» Mark's first SFG
by sanderson 1/7/2022, 6:37 pm

» OhioGardener SFG
by sanderson 1/7/2022, 12:46 am

» January Avatar: Surprise Us
by sanderson 1/7/2022, 12:40 am

» Steves first SFG
by sanderson 1/7/2022, 12:03 am

» Dehydrating Veggies
by Scorpio Rising 1/6/2022, 9:24 am

» Bokashi
by OhioGardener 1/5/2022, 7:05 pm

» Aphids & Their Predators
by Scorpio Rising 1/5/2022, 6:19 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil)

3 posters

Go down

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Empty Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil)

Post  pipefish 2/21/2013, 1:54 pm

I'm planning on starting seeds this weekend as recommended in SFG: in vermiculite. As to the specifics after that I am confused about three things:

1) Should the containers with the seeds and vermiculite be under grow lights right away if the seeds do not require light to germinate? If no, do I start using the lights right away after transplanting to plugs?

2) If the ambient room temperature is appropriate according to the seed packet, do I need to worry about a heat source from below?

3) Can I grow seedlings without Mel's mix successfully? (note: I will eventually be planting into Mel's Mix outside). I will have to wait another month or so until I can get many sources of compost.

For seedling soil I have peat moss, vermiculite, a store-bought seedling soil, and worm castings. I am planning on mixing the four things together by looking at their ingredients and trying to approximate the 1/3 ratios of MM.

Thanks in advance for any advice you have!

Dan (brand new to SFG and gardening in general)
pipefish
pipefish

Posts : 15
Join date : 2013-02-21
Location : Portland, ME

Back to top Go down

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Empty Re: Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil)

Post  quiltbea 2/21/2013, 2:14 pm

Welcome to the forum. I'm just up the road from you in Raymond and been SFGing since 2009. Love it.

1) You can start seeds in sterile seed-starting mix. You don't need MM. You don't need light. Cover with a dome or plastic bag to keep in the moisture.

2) Started on a heat mat with ambient heat, it will warm your soil up to about 10 degrees warmer than the room. That's fine. How fast they germinate depends on how warm they like it. If its not warm enuf for them, they just take a little longer to germinate. You don't need light except for lettuce and some flower species. Just keep the soil tops in the cells/block/pots moist until the seeds pop up (germinate). I use a mister bottle. Check them daily.

3) As soon as they germinate, move them under the lights, with the tops only 1-2" from the lights themselves. They don't want to be too warm at this time. They prefer to get their lives started at 60-65F. They still don't need MM until you transplant them outdoors. Save your MM for your garden.

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Soil_b10

My soil blocks under lights looking healthy and happy.

Note: If you are keeping them indoors for longer than 4 weeks, I would suggest watering with a bit of weak liquid fertilizer or compost tea around 3-4 weeks.

I hope this answers some of your questions.
quiltbea
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4712
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 79
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

Back to top Go down

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Empty Re: Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil)

Post  pipefish 2/21/2013, 2:46 pm

Thanks Quiltbea!

That helps a lot. Glad to hear you've had success up here with SFG. Did you get started by buying compost? If so, care to share some sources you found locally?

Thanks,
Dan
pipefish
pipefish

Posts : 15
Join date : 2013-02-21
Location : Portland, ME

Back to top Go down

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Empty Re: Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil)

Post  camprn 2/21/2013, 2:50 pm

Hi Pipe! Welcome to the Forum neighbor!

Another thing I would add is that the vermiculite is exclusively for germinating the seeds and the new seedlings must be transferred as soon as the first leaves appear into a soilless mix. The seedlings will need nutrition very quickly to grow and vermiculite does not offer any.

____________________________

43 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.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

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) WxBanner?bannertype=wu_clean2day_cond&airportcode=KEEN&ForcedCity=Keene&ForcedState=NH&zipcode=03431&language=EN
camprn
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14169
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 59
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Empty Re: Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil)

Post  pipefish 2/21/2013, 8:25 pm

Thanks camprn! looking up potting mix recipes with the ingredients I have Smile
pipefish
pipefish

Posts : 15
Join date : 2013-02-21
Location : Portland, ME

Back to top Go down

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Empty Re: Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil)

Post  quiltbea 2/21/2013, 8:29 pm

pipefish....I got bagged compost wherever I could find it; local nursery (now out of business), Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot the first year and immediately started making my own and got a worm condo started.

You want to check into the New England forum and read some of the threads there. It should help you. You'll find them listed on the Home page.

And yes, I can grow very well up here in Maine. The cole crops; cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and the greens, spinach, lettuces and radishes can be started early and enjoy the cool days of Maine and grow well. They don't like the hot weather. You can also start some in summer to grow mature in fall when there are fall fewer bugs to contend with and have fall harvests. You can plant garlic bulbs around Oct 10th, let them overwinter, and harvest this in summer. Strawberries are terrific here as are blueberry bushes. For summer crops the only thing I have probs with is eggplant. They like it hotter than our usual Maine evenings so the harvests are small.
quiltbea
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4712
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 79
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

Back to top Go down

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Empty Re: Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil)

Post  pipefish 2/22/2013, 9:55 pm

Thanks again Quiltbea. Most of those plants you listed are in my plan! I'm excited about overwintering the garlic (along with a few other crops)!

Dan
pipefish
pipefish

Posts : 15
Join date : 2013-02-21
Location : Portland, ME

Back to top Go down

Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil) Empty Re: Three seed starting questions (light, heat, soil)

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


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