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Post  Blackrose on 1/12/2011, 9:57 am

My first baby of 2011!!

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This one is Thyme. I planted my herb seeds on Saturday and this is the first to come up. Literally overnight. Not there when I went to bed last night, and POP there she is this morning. That always amazes me!

I can't wait to snip off the first yummy branches from this plant when it's grown big and strong.

Here is my setup for my herb seedlings:
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My seedling tray was not readily available. So I improvised. The base is the lid from a divided party server. The dome is a large clear plastic salad bowl. The pots are reused pots from my strawberry starters from last year. I gave them a good wash before I used them.

I thought some of you snow logged Canadians would like some green cheer. lots o
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Post  Furbalsmom on 1/12/2011, 10:05 am

What a beautiful baby. Here's hoping for many more.

I really like the improvised seed germination chamber. Nifty
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Post  miinva on 1/12/2011, 10:16 am

Very creative! Very Happy Now you've got me wishing that I had my son's room cleaned out and my seed starting area arranged... *daydreaming about little green sprouts of my own*
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Post  Megan on 1/12/2011, 5:18 pm

Very nice!! clap

I still need to measure my backyard and get on the hunt for lumber. I have sweet potato #2 in a mason jar today, though!
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Post  quiltbea on 1/12/2011, 5:24 pm

It gives all of us hope that spring is out there in the future somewhere, though right now I can't find it.

Thanks for bending my mind to lovely things.
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Post  ander217 on 1/12/2011, 8:24 pm

Ah, Blackrose, you're a breath of spring to this shivering body.

Thanks. I needed that. thankyou

(Way cool seed starter system.)
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Post  Blackrose on 1/12/2011, 10:43 pm

Thank you everyone! I was amazed to see another little sprout this evening that was definitely not there this morning. Basil!! I'm so excited!

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Post  Rolanaj on 1/21/2011, 9:44 am

Thanks for sharing that, its so nice to see I'm not the only one who gets excited when I see those little sprouts poking through. I have some sage and some basil growing on the windowsill for cooking, but i was thinking I had more herb seeds I could start but was really disappointed to find that I didn't have any left. Soon though I can start stuff for the veggie garden so not too disappointing.
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Post  Blackrose on 1/21/2011, 4:18 pm

It appears that it was a good thing that I started these herbs so early. Apparently, I need to do some tweeking. Only one of my herb pots has survived so far. I think I overwatered. Mad

I did receive my new soil blocker last week. So, I decided to try again! Now I have all kinds of little babies. They seem to be doing much better in the 3/4" soil blocks than they did in the pots.

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The 2 closest rows of blocks are Basil, the 2nd 2 rows are Thyme and the last row in the back is Oregano. There is one teeny, tiny oregano seedling that just popped up. I got 0% germination on the oregano in the pots, so I was happy to see this little guy today!
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Post  quiltbea on 1/21/2011, 10:22 pm

Blackrose....It sure looks like you are getting your seedlings off to a good start.
I, too, use soil blocks and love them.
Enjoy your seedlings.
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Post  miinva on 1/22/2011, 1:37 am

We tested a soil blocker at the Harvest Festival and it was really cool! We didn't have the money (those things are spendy!), but it's on my list of things to buy Smile
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Post  Lavender Debs on 1/22/2011, 6:37 am

@miinva wrote:We tested a soil blocker at the Harvest Festival and it was really cool! We didn't have the money (those things are spendy!), but it's on my list of things to buy Smile
How spendy are we talking here? (I am in lust!!)

Deborah....using homespun newspaper pots but that gets old fast when there is a lot to plant.
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Post  quiltbea on 1/22/2011, 11:28 am

You can get them from Johnny's Seeds:

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-8088-mini-20-soil-blocker-20-blocks.aspx

Here's the smaller one for germinating with a video.
There is one for 2" blocks and the price is not too different but the large 4" single blocker is over a hundred so I don't have that one.

I can attest these work great. I started with them last year and it was so much better than with peat pots and drinking cups. No pots to save or dininfect and no root disturbance so the transplants continue growing.

No, I'm not advertising them. I'm just praising them for their good works.
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Here I'm hardening off broccoli and cabbage outside in their 2" blocks in early April just before planting.

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Other seedlings still under lights in their 2" blocks.
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Post  Lavender Debs on 1/22/2011, 11:50 am

Way kewl Bea! Thanks
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Post  camprn on 1/22/2011, 12:28 pm

I wonder if an old fashioned ice cube tray would work in a similar way...
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Post  Blackrose on 1/22/2011, 2:19 pm

@quiltbea wrote:Blackrose....It sure looks like you are getting your seedlings off to a good start.
I, too, use soil blocks and love them.
Enjoy your seedlings.

Thanks quiltbea! You are the reason why I found them and bought them. I have seen your previous posts and read some of your blog where you talked about them. Looked like an amazing idea to me. They were my Christmas present to myself. Was only about $60 USD including shipping to Canada.

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