Seed Starting and Summer Indoor Soil Grows

Today I ordered a new copy of my well used Indoor Salad ..somehow my old one got lost in the renovations.I have a bnew light stand with 2 levels, each having 4 T8 bulbs and 2 tripods with a LED bulb are added. Adequate lighting makes such a difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Toms I planted some Boxcar Willy and Roma and a few Bell Peppers to go outside.Also for outside I have some flowers: Marigolds,Zinnias,Geraniums and a few Coleus. In May I will start my Bush Beans.

Indoors I am going to grow the Fantastico I see on Ginger's AG project and some Dwarf Gems. Those will go on the enclosed Sunporch .

But indoors in the grow room on the stand where it is a bit cooler I will once again grow the Tasty Jades I grew last year and enjoyed so much(thanks for the suggestion, Ginger) and also a Zucchini

In the past I used a sterile , soil-less grow media because of a fungus gnat problem in the house from potting soil. However, the soil-free media must be fed constantly and monitored..not my thing. So this time around I am using FoxFarm Ocean Forest potting soil and adding Beneficial Nematodes and Hypoaspis to it to prevent the gnat problem before it starts.

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Interesting, Corinne! I think

Interesting, Corinne! I think the LED encourages flowers a bit too strongly, but I could be wrong. I do wish I'd pruned off another 100 or so flowers from the first batch of... 400... surprise But you're not there yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Fantastico in the Led extra is getting buds now.It was transplanted from several soil Fantasticos which were started at the same time. The soil ones definitely have weaker root systems and thinner stems  than the Led project...and no buds.I brought this one in side to snap a photo

 

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Looking forward to your grow!

Looking forward to your grow!  Fantastico is an enthusiastic plant!

 

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Oh, cool, Corinne! Really

Oh, cool, Corinne! Really looking forward to hearing how you think the flavor compares in AG and potting mix. yes

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I had quite a few of the

I had quite a few of the fantisticos in soil cups, so I rinsed the roots off and put it in the AG Extra LED. It took well after a day of shock. Here it is sittin' pretty! My concern is taming it after a while.

 

 

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Well, that's a warm place, on

Well, that's a warm place, on top of the AG hood! yes

Peppers just get slower after germination. wink

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I am ALWAYS complaining about

I am ALWAYS complaining about pepper slowness....like a broken record,alas!

One of the ways I like to germinate other seeds...like the beans I am germinating right now for soil is the paper towel method in a baggie placed on top of the AG Hoods!  A great way to germinate if one doesn't have heat mats.I will have to try that with the peppers.I always hesitated because of the smallness of the seeds.

Looking forwaard to your report on the Fantasticos.

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Nice, Corinne!

Nice, Corinne!

Peppers are sensitive to temperature for germination. I have a seedling heat mat that helps, but I also germinate  peppers - on the heat mat - up by the kitchen, instead of down in my ground-floor refrigerator-like office, or set the pot next to a floor heating vent. Still takes 9 days. Eggplant seem similar, though not quite as slow.

Oh! I'll post pictures sooner or later, but I moved my Fantastico project into a sunny window, to see if the flavor improves. It can't stay there indefinitely, but it should have a month or so until I have to pull the window shade down for summer. Alas, that's the most spider-mite prone spot in the house. Fingers crossed.

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I started 3 seeds in the AG

I started 3 FANTASTICO seeds in the AG and all 3 came up. So now I planted the trio in 3 solo cups and they are now under shelf lights.

Flowers and vegetables hardening up by the windo for outdoor transplanting later on in the week.

It seems like peppers are the hardest to germinate in direct soil. I find that the easiest and quickest is in Plantation Peat pellets.  These are some slow peppers and some bush beans I started in direct soil. Also in the photo are some flowers which can't tolerate the sunporch, so they are doomed to the shelf until it is time to go outside in a shadey spot away from direct hot sun.

 

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My Fantastico has germinated.

My Fantastico has germinated. When it developes true leaves I will pot it for an indoor soil project.

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