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Container Gardening Seed Starting

By April 22, 2013

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I came home this weekend after 10 days on the road and went seed crazy. I would have liked to have started at the beginning of the month, but knew it was impractical. So today I started 6 kinds of tomatoes, tomatillos, several kinds of lettuce, 2 varieties of morning glories, 3 kinds of nasturtium and 2 varieties of eggplant. This week I will do more.

I'm trying out a new self-watering seed starting system from Gardeners Supply Company. They are velcro pots which use a similar set up as their APS Seed Starting System which is my all time favorite way to start seeds. So far I like the velcro pots and love the cheery red color. They are supposed to make transplanting easier.

I also used their Eco-co Coir Seed Starting Mix, which I really liked (I'll let you know how the seeds like it). It comes in a brick and you just add water and it expands. Usually I use a peat based medium, but I am finding it harder and harder to justify using peat because of the environmental issues that result from the mining and depletion peat bogs.



May 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm
(1) james says:

How is your seed starting going with this cold weather? Here in north texas i have had to bring my tomato buckets in five times now, good thing i had them in self watering five galon buckets so i could move them in when it comes a freeze. GOOD GARDING TO YOU.

May 5, 2013 at 10:44 am
(2) Kerry says:

Hi James – Thanks for asking. Seeds are coming up well. Very happy with the coir. Think I will use it from now on. The only thing that isn’t coming up is my eggplant. Have had trouble with that other years too.

Did you make your own self-watering planters? Would love to see pictures.

Hope it warms up for you.


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