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Transplanting seedlings
Yesterday (5/8/2012) Sarah, Cara, Baker, Greyson, and I repotted the little tomato seedlings from seed starting in our egg cartons. We also repotted our sweet and hot peppers that have been growing since this little project started. They need a bit longer indoors and then we’ll start the process with hardening them off as well.

Transplanting seedlings

Yesterday (5/8/2012) Sarah, Cara, Baker, Greyson, and I repotted the little tomato seedlings from seed starting in our egg cartons. We also repotted our sweet and hot peppers that have been growing since this little project started. They need a bit longer indoors and then we’ll start the process with hardening them off as well.

Seed-Starting Review (HTW Tip)

If you’re getting ready to start seeds for heirloom tomatoes (or any other seed), you need to make sure that you buy something that has “seed-starting mix” in its title. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, we used Pro-Mix and Espoma seed starter mix for our seedlings. Potting soil doesn’t cut it if you’re looking to start seeds. If you’re a composter, you can use compost for seed-starting mix as well.

To start seeds you want to make sure your seed-starting mix is wet using warm water. If you’re planning to plant a bunch of seeds, put some of your mix in a big pan or pot for easy access. Fill your containers or flats with the seed-starting mix and then put your seeds on top. Cap it off with more seed-starting mix that is also moist.

If you can create a set-up for your newly planted seedlings, it is best to water from the bottom. This allows the plants to draw up the water, which makes them hardier and prevents overwatering.

Tomato seeds planted today using fiber egg cartons. We planted beefsteak and a mysterious variety that someone had saved seeds from. Guess we’ll see when they germinate!

Tomato seeds planted today using fiber egg cartons. We planted beefsteak and a mysterious variety that someone had saved seeds from. Guess we’ll see when they germinate!

Squash

Now I have to admit if it weren’t for Cara, our garden may have been squash-less this year. I have a dozen or so quart jars full of squash from last year’s CSA experience. I can honestly say that I was squashed out. However, for the good of the garden, I decided we needed squash. Plus, Cara told me how much she liked squash. And you’ll soon find out what Cara thinks, happens 99.99% of the time. And that’s okay because she knows 99.99% more about gardening than me.

So I planted squash seeds today in the reused fibrous egg cartons. I used the same pro-mix and capping mix as before. I also filled them with pro-mix the day before planting and watered them well before planting. Always a must if you’re starting your own seeds.