Starting more seeds inside
I'm thrilled to be able to say that my simple bleach-soak of the seed-starting flats
seems to have been sufficient to eliminate damping off. Just
about every seed sprouted, and many of the seedlings are starting to put
out their first new leaves. They're a bit leggy, though, so I had
Mark build the youngsters a new shelf near the bottom of the
south-facing windows for more constant lighting over the next month or
so before they hit the garden.
left my warm shelf near the wood stove open and ready for the next
round of seedlings --- broccoli and cabbage. Since I didn't plan
ahead and preheat my stump dirt this time around, I sifted out the
frozen chunks, filled the trays, and heated the potting soil the quick
way on top of two firebricks on a damped-down stove. I'll let the
chunks of soil I removed thaw and then will sift again to remove the
nutshells and pieces of wood, which seem to be more numerous in this
stump dirt than the debris has been in previous years. Then the
rest of the stump dirt will go toward the next set of seedlings ---
tomatoes and peppers.
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