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Indoor planting

 

Jeff Northam - Friday, February 19, 2016

Had a few moments this morning and I thought I would start sowing some indoor seeds. A few weeks I created a small indoor space complete with 4 rows of fluorescent lights (I should probably get some grow light blows but they are expensive) to start my garden seeds. I'm always excited to start the process of plant growing in the early spring. It's a rewarding experience to grow plants that will be used for food and/or visual pleasure (flowers to come!) Also means that summer is on it's way!

 

The information below is taken from the seed packs. Also many of these seeds are getting to be on the old side. I have a habit of buying seeds, sowing some, and then storing them in a box. I noticed some of the scallion type onions I planted were dated 11/11!

 

For potting mix I used miracle grow potting mix. For watering and fertilizing I used Clonex seed/cloning solution of 2 capfuls per gallon of water. This solution was poured into the bottom of the container to help keep the soil moist. Before covering the soil was lightly sprayed with warm water. 

 

 

Date started Feb 19

Block A

 

Rows 1&2

PP677 Hot Pepper Blend Territorial Seed Co

Indoor Sowing – start seeds 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Germination may be slow and erratic. Provide the seedlings with plenty of light to produce strong high yielding plants (not recommended to sow outdoors)

Growing tips – The number of early flowers can be increased by giving the plants a cold treatment before transplanting outside. This is done by exposing the transplants to temps of 55 during the night and 70 in the day. Cold Treatment should occur only after there are 3 sets of true leaves. Transplant out when soil temps has warmed to 60-65

Fertilization tips – high phosphorous soil amendments such as bonemeal will help get the plants off to a fast start. Apply ½ cup o of our blended organic fertilizer around each plant to provide the nutrition necessary for optimum production

Seed specs – min germ standard 70% usual seed life 2 years (these are 3)

Seed depth ¼”

Soil temp for germ 70-90

Days to germination 8-25

Light requirements – full sun

Thin plants to 12-18”

 

Rows 3 & 4

Early Jalapeno Pepper (Ed Hume Seed) – not sure of age

Sowing – So seeds indoors in March or April. Sow 2-3 seeds in individual peat pots or other containers barely covering seeds with 1/8” starter mix. Place pots in plastic seed flat with no drainage holes. Carefully pour warm water into flat, the moisture will soak up from the bottom. Keep in warm room and provide lots of light.

Thinning: When seedlings are about 2 inches high, carefully cut weather plants leaving strongest single plant per pot.

Transplanting and spacing: Harden off you plants and plant outdoors after weather has warmed, markedly and all danger of frost and cold weather has passed. Plant 18-24” apart.

Germination 2-3 weeks at 65-70. Keep soil moderately moist

Ed’s Special advice – Plant peppers in sunny, well drained spot in the garden. Cover with hotcaps when young if cool nights are expected. Feed lightly with vegetable food every 4 weeks. Carefully cut off short piece of stem with fruit to avoid damaging plant.

 

Rows 5&6

PP670 Golden Star Hybrid Sweet Pepper Territorial seed company (2014)

Sowing indoors – start seeds 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Provide the seedlings with plenty of light to produce strong high yielding plants (not recommended to sow outdoors)

Growing tips – The number of early flowers can be increased by giving the plants a cold treatment before transplanting outside. This is done by exposing the transplants to temps of 55 during the night and 70 in the day. Cold Treatment should occur only after there are 3 sets of true leaves. Transplant out when soil temps has warmed to 60-65

a fast start. Apply ½ cup o of our blended organic fertilizer around each plant to provide the nutrition necessary for optimum production

Seed specs – min germ standard 70% usual seed life 2 years (these are 3)

Seed depth ¼”

Soil temp for germ 70-90

Days to germination 8-25

Light requirements – full sun

Thin plants to 12-18”

 

Row 7&8

ON554 Walla Walla sweet Spanish Onion Territorial seed company (2014)

Sowing indoors – Start up to 100 seeds in a 4-6” pot. Place in a warm location and keep moist. If you cannot transplant outside before the tops reach 5”, then cut back the tops to 3”

Sowing outdoors – Direct-sown crops will be more uniform. Sow when soil temps are at least 55

Growing tips – Thin bulbing onions 5-7 inches between plants and bunching onions 2” between plants

Fertilization tips – Before transplant or seeding, apply ½ - ½ cup of our blended organic fertilizer per 5 row feet.

Insect prevention – because onions have a pungent odor, they repel many pests that may visit your garden. Many gardeners integrate onions throughout their garden for this reason.

Seed specs – min germ standard 75% . Seed life 1 year

Seed depth 1/1”

Soil temp for Germ 55-70

Days to Germination – 6-16

Light requirements – Full sun

Thin plants to 2-5”

 

Rows 9-12

Onion Evergreen Long White bunching (2011)

Sow – in average soil in full sun after danger of frost in spring. In frost-free areas, sow in fall. Sow thinly in rows 12” apart and cover with 1’4” of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin to stand 3” apart when seedlings are 1-2” high

60-120 days

 

 

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