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Post  jimmy cee on 3/29/2016, 10:21 pm

@landarch wrote:When I pot-up I kick my mix with a little home made compost and purchased soil mix with mycorrhizae (Mycorrhizae are symbiotic relationships that form between fungi and plants. The fungi colonize the root system of a host plant, providing increased water and nutrient absorption capabilities while the plant provides the fungus with carbohydrates formed from photosynthesis.).

You will find this marketed as Myke in garden centers...for trees, shrubs, veggies.

I try to get my seedlings hardened off and under natural sunlight as soon as possible...I typically set all my plants outside before heading to work in the morning...covering with Agribon when temps are in the 30's.  Easter morning it snowed then temps rose to low 50's, it was 75 degrees under the Agribon blanket.
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Post  ralitaco on 3/30/2016, 1:13 am

@yolos wrote:
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@landarch wrote:...done the Kate method (snip with clippers, soak in fridge, germinate in paper towel, plant)

Can you explain or point me to the "Kate method"?
Here is the Kate Method of Germinating Spinach.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t20284-problems-getting-spinach-seeds-to-sprout-try-this?highlight=spinach

Thanks Yolos & Landarch, I had just watched a video on Scarification and was going to post it, but CK has that covered already. I may have to try starting some seeds, just to see it work.
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Post  landarch on 3/30/2016, 1:35 pm

Previously I put spinach seeds in the fridge but did not soak and had much less than 50/50 success...with the method Kate described the germination went up tremendously...you basically pick all the successful seeds from the paper towel to plant/pot up...which kicks your ultimate success rate to near 100%.

My original seeds are slowly germinating over time, especially since I've been leaving out at night during really cold weather, rain, snow, etc.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/30/2016, 6:27 pm

RT, the nice thing about starting your own is a bit of a jumpstart, as well as some variety that you would never even get to try. If you have a south or east facing window, might wanna give it a try!

Epic, "The Kate Method"! Love it! I am a believer; 18 of 21 for me, and I didn't wait for sprouting.
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Post  CitizenKate on 3/31/2016, 10:53 pm

Haha! The Kate Method, seriously? I guess I like the sound of that, but I can't take much credit for thinking of it, since I got various pieces of it from other gardeners. This is just what happens when everyone shares what they discover. I'm glad you found what I posted to be helpful.
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Post  sanderson on 3/27/2020, 2:01 am

Four (4) trays of month old-seedlings on the heating mat and under the lights, which I have to raise almost daily. Many have already been thinned to a single plant. Looking at the weather, I'm hoping they can be planted in about 10 days. Last year, the weather didn't cooperate and the seedlings could not be planted until May.
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Post  Yardslave on 3/29/2020, 7:56 pm

I've often wondered how long after sprouting do you have to keep a heat mat going. I kind of don't like the way the soil drys out so fast if I don't keep an eye out for signs of low moisture. Anyone know if I can pull the plug on the heater?
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Post  OhioGardener on 3/29/2020, 8:11 pm

@Yardslave wrote:I've often wondered how long after sprouting do you have to keep a heat mat going. I kind of don't like the way the soil drys out so fast if I don't keep an eye out for signs of low moisture. Anyone know if I can pull the plug on the heater?

As soon as the seeds sprout, I remove the plastic cover and unplug the heat mat. The seedlings really don't need the heat after they have germinated.

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Post  yolos on 3/29/2020, 10:45 pm

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@Yardslave wrote:I've often wondered how long after sprouting do you have to keep a heat mat going. I kind of don't like the way the soil drys out so fast if I don't keep an eye out for signs of low moisture. Anyone know if I can pull the plug on the heater?

As soon as the seeds sprout, I remove the plastic cover and unplug the heat mat. The seedlings really don't need the heat after they have germinated.
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Post  sanderson on 3/30/2020, 2:40 am

Thank you, OG. I will unplug the heat mats, now.

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