Hey everyone, new poster here but I've been reading everything I can for many months. Thanks for such a great place!
I'm pretty much a newbie gardener after only dabbling in a typical raised bed for a couple years. This past winter I read a ton of books as I want to step up my skills. This is our first attempt at starting a large garden from seed in our homemade Grow Light Rack (link for that below also if you're interested), now that we've moved to a place with five acres and finally have room.
In case anyone is interested, here's my review of the Soil Cube Tool I bought which allows you to make your own little seedling homes. I'm posting some things like this on my wife's foodie blog (which has a pretty decent sized following) to hopefully help the typical suburban unaware gardener that reads her, think a little bit about a more sustainable way to be a little self-sufficient.
Anyone else have tips on seed starting they can share with this newbie?
Last time I hijacked the wife’s blog we talked about building the Seed Starter Rack that is happily chugging along in one of our guest bedrooms.
Today, let’s take a look at the soil cubes living on that rack, nurturing our future little buddies.
There are a lot of benefits to using these for seed germination instead of more traditional containers.
1. There is considerably less shock to the seedlings when it’s time to transplant them into the outdoor bed. Instead of digging and yanking them out of a plastic tub disrupting the root structure, you just plop these cubes into their new home. I’m sure veggie puberty is hard enough without adding additional trauma.
2. It’s very easy to water the soil cubes from the bottom once the seeds germinate. Just make sure to gently water from the top until something sprouts.
3. Money and storage space are saved by eliminating the ugly, messy containers.
Here’s how to make some little seed wombs of your own.
The grow medium consists of:
-- 3 parts Peat Moss
-- 2 parts Compost -- 1 part Topsoil
-- 1 part Sand
-- 1 part Perlite
I have pretty much the exact same set up this year. Have you had any problems growing tomatoes in the soil cubes? I have had really good luck with beets and zucchini but pretty much everything else I have planted has not popped up. I planted seeds in 196 cubes and not even close to half of them have germinated in nearly three weeks. I am keeping them watered with a spray bottle twice a day. Have you had any problems?
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