Back from Florida with Some Thoughts on Seed Starting

Posted By on March 26, 2012

Back from Florida with Some Thoughts on Seed Starting

hi, all, back from sunny florida. of course, it was just as nice here in new england, i understand. until i got back. sigh. can’t win ’em all, as the sox record during my stay certainly shows!

anyway, i’ve lately attended some workshops and lectures on seed starting, and i wanted to share. now, i know what you’re saying… “but auntie, don’t you already know everything there is to know about seed starting?” and yes, while it’s true i do know practically everything there is to know about starting seeds, that doesn’t mean an old auntie can’t learn a new trick or two! and because i am just that kind of person, i thought i’d share some of the new tips and tricks i learned recently.

this one has me particularly excited, and strangely enough, it was something talked about at more than one of the workshops/lectures i attended. one of the problems i always seem to have with small seedlings is not enough light. this little trick, using aluminum trays instead of seed flats, is sheer genius!

the aluminum reflects back lots of that light that otherwise goes to waste. it’s like having extra lighting without the electricity. i ran right out (as you can see) and grabbed some aluminum steam table trays at bj’s wholesale club. a lot of trays. at first i thought i might try just lining the seed flats with aluminum foil, but then i decided that the higher sides of the warming trays would provide more benefit. i’ll let you know how it works out.

Aluminum Trays

Aluminum Trays

The Trays, Deployed

The Trays, Deployed

a second trick is something that’s not exactly new to me. it’s just something that i hadn’t considered using as extensively as the person giving the lecture suggested, and that is pre-sprouting seeds. while i’ve pre-sprouted peas and pumpkins, this person also pre-sprouts almost every vegetable seed it’s practical to try, including peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, kale… any seed big enough to handle. auntie is going to pre-sprout her tomato seeds first thing tomorrow. i will post pictures and let you all know how this also works out.

i guess it’s obvious, but this is the time of year when auntie’s thoughts turn from hiking the woods to tending the garden. not that i’ve abandoned my plans to get out and hike as often as i can, but i probably won’t be out there quite as often. not sure yet how i feel about this…

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