Potting up the seedlings
I've never grown borage
before, but I should have guessed from the larger seed size that the
plant wasn't one of those slow-growing herbs. While thyme, oregano, and chamomile
planted in the middle of February are still so tiny that you can hardly
imagine them growing out of their starter cells, the borage planted ten
days later seemed to be too big for its home as soon as the cotyledons
emerged. Time to pot up!
I like to keep the
nutrient levels very low in my seed-starting trays to get the babies to
work on roots while also minimizing problematic soil fungi. But bigger
pots means it's time to mix in well-rotted horse manure along with the stump dirt
or potting soil, at a ratio of one to one. A friend of Mark's
introduced the idea of potting up into plastic cups with holes drilled
in the bottom, which is a great innovation since the pots are cheap and
you're able to keep an eye on root growth. I have a feeling our borage
will require yet one more round of potting up before we're allowed to
set them out in the middle of May, and the clear pots will help me
ensure they don't grow root bound in the interim.
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