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More seed starting!

Pea sprouts

Well I screwed up the onions, and my pea plants may be growing a little too quickly for the amount of snow we have piled up outside!  Anyhow, since I last planted my onions I have learned that you really want to plant onions in a flat so that they grow almost tight together like grass. When you are read to transplant you then pull each little onion start out of the flat.  Its painstaking work but supposedly good.  We will see and I may have to get some sets as well, just incase.  My older seeds of parsley and pansy’s never germinated, so I emptied those pots and figured I would replant something else in them.

Yellow of Parma Onion Seedlings

So above you can see that I have all these tiny little onion plants, basically one offs in each peat pot.  They have lots of room to grow I guess.

I made it out to the store yesterday and picked up a couple more seed trays and some green plastic pots so I can plant the next round of plants.  On tap for tonight we planted a new seed packet of pansy’s, lupine, black eyed Susan’s, Echinacea, some cabbage, and some slow bolting cilantro.    We will have to see how my next round of seedling starts take off.  Due to the polar vortex and deep snow pack I pushed all my seedling start times off a week.  Let’s see if it helps!  The next round of seedlings.

SSeedling Trays


March 2, 2014 - Posted by | Gardening | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Hi Bill,
    Are you using a heat mat to get your babies germinated? After some 20 years, we finally started using one (3) this year. That and the expensive ‘Grow lights’ have really helped. We’re not getting those leggy seedlings that we have in the past. But I’m afraid we planted the egg plants waaaay too early. They are big enough to go outside now, instead of in mid-May. We have also found that it helps to place the lights to almost touching the plants, then raise them up as the plants grow.

    Comment by solarbeez | March 2, 2014 | Reply

    • Reply no heating mats just yet. Just using a couple different temp/color lamps for now. If I can have some success this year I may try expanding the process next year.

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | March 3, 2014 | Reply

  2. You warmed my soul with this topic but I’ve found this is too early for me because when I get going this early I wind up with plants so leggy they don’t do anything. But along with the suggestion above, I have one for you. Buy a couple of those $4 silver emergency blankets you can pick up at Walmart and drape your shelving unit with the blankets. These blankets keep all your light and heat inside the unit – works like a charm. 🙂

    Comment by Judy @ GrandparentsPlus2 | March 3, 2014 | Reply

    • This is on my list, I have one in my hunting pack that I may repurpose temporarily. I may not get to it until next weekend though.

      Comment by billcarpenter4 | March 3, 2014 | Reply

  3. Bill, thanks for the like and follow and I added a pingback to my sugaring post because I thought your evaporator post was a good addition. I wanted to add a tip about the onions if you should plant them in flats next time: to reduce breakage of roots when transplanting, I put the whole flat (which will have all the roots intertwined) in a bucket of water to loosen soil from roots, then tease out a few at a time as I transplant. It keeps the roots from drying out and reduces transplant shock.

    Comment by Eliza Waters | April 1, 2014 | Reply

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