In one of his books, Paul Stamets
explains that it's essential to keep the mycelium (vegetative stage of a
fungus) running. In other words, don't let your cultures sit and
stagnate --- they need to grow!
Potting up is one sure method of keeping little seedling roots and shoots
growing fast. But when I moved herbs out of their starting flat at the
beginning of March, I left about half the seedlings behind, figuring
that ultra-slow-growers like thyme and oregano probably wouldn't notice
the difference. Plus, I just didn't have enough window space for twice
that many new pots.
Up next: tomato seedlings
with their second sets of true leaves need more root space ASAP. Next
week, Mark and I might make a little cold frame around the front of the
trailer to house the broccoli, cabbage, and onion seedlings so there
will be more room indoors for big tomato pots. In the meantime, the
babies get a hearty dose of manure tea to provide a quick fix of nitrogen for faster growth. Gotta keep those seedlings running!
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