Gilligan Caisse wrote: I've never heard of the hot water method. What benefits have you noticed?
Ralph Sluder wrote: Got my baby doll watermelon, roselle and nasturtum seeds started in seedflats last night. Time to put my corn, summer squash and cucumber seeds into the garden this weekend. Looks like the cold is over for us.
Daron Williams wrote:I just got a greenhouse built this winter (un-heated) and it has been great using it to get my veggies started. I have almost 200 starts growing in it at the moment and the first batch (pictured below) are getting close to being ready to plant. I need to get my tomatoes, peppers and egg plants seeded in pots soon but I think I got another week or 2 before I want to do that. I'm using extra covers in the greenhouse to help plants get started and so far it's working great. Good germination rates and growth so far.
Gilligan Caisse wrote:Those look great! When do you usually transplant your tomatoes and peppers outside in your area?
Daron Williams wrote: Normally they can be transplanted in the first week or 2 of May but some years as early as late April. The last average frost day here is around May 10th but recently our last frost date has often been in late April. I always have to watch the weather to see when I should plant since it can be so unpredictable. But I did make some simple cloches using empty milk containers to help with any late frosts. But with the amount of fog we get it can be a bit of a challenge to know when to plant the warm loving plants. This year I'm trying a bunch of new varieties of tomatoes, peppers, egg plants and corn that are supposed to be relatively cold tolerant and good at germinating in cold wet soils. We will see but I'm hopeful!
I will likely plant my tomatoes in early May and hold the peppers and egg plants until the middle of May. Corn will likely be direct seeded in late April or early May depending on the weather. Got to avoid frosts but since I picked cold tolerant varieties I want to try getting them off to an early start this year. Still experimenting a bit.
May Lotito wrote:
I am quite encouraged and am trying to root several more plants like fig, mulberry, raspberry and blackberry the same way.