Organic Seed Starting Update

Recently, we posted an Organic Seed Starting Tip and wanted to give you an update on how things were progressing.

It appears that the directed light and the additional heat being held inside the blankets are definitely having a positive effect on both our vegetable and flower seeds. Our seedlings are doing great – check out those roots already.

This is a picture of two new yellow squash seedlings – it had been 10 days since the seeds were sown and 7 days since they were put under lights inside the blankets.

We’ve already transplanted quite a few of the seedlings to give them more room to grow and into a mix that included some potting soil to hold the moisture better.

Growing plants from seeds is always a challenge because of all the elements that lead to the successful transplant to the garden. But we are certainly enthused this year and looking forward to a good gardening season. Now, if Mother Nature would help us out so we can get back outside.

If you want to read the original post, here is the link  https://newenglandgardenandthread.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/organic-seed-starting-tip/.

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About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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3 Responses to Organic Seed Starting Update

  1. Do you live somewhere with short growing seasons? (either the summers heat up too fast, such as in parts of Texas, Arizona and California), or it’s just a short window between first and last frosts? The reason I ask is the squash seedlings in your picture. I’ve always direct-seeded all squash and pumpkin seeds, along with corn, beans and okra. Our growing season here is more than sufficient to allow the plants to go from seed to fruit in one spot, and most of those veggies grow best that way. Tomatoes and peppers (and lettuce) are started indoors, mainly to get a bit of a headstart on summer. Happy growing!

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    • Judy says:

      Yes, we live in New Hampshire. Our growing season starts after Memorial Day (hopefully) and lasts until the end of September (again hopefully). So, we start almost everything inside in order to get it up and going. We have lived in the Midwest where you certainly don’t need to start most things indoors. Short growing season is not good for a gardener like myself, but I do like the 20 minute drive to the ocean or the 60 minutes to the mountains. Trade offs – part of life. Thank you for stopping by, and I’ll come visit you.

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      • Oh my – yes, that is a short season! I grew up in SE Colorado, where summers are as short or shorter than that, so I sympathize. I love our long southern summers, but there’s a tradeoff with that as well: some years, you’re just ready for summer to be over before fall is prepared to put in an appearance 🙂 The grass is truly always greener “over there”, isn’t it? I hope you have a great garden this year!
        Terry

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