Greenhouse Seed sowing time in the 15′ Growing Dome

Greenhouse Seed sowing time in the 15′ Growing Dome


Alright, so we are about to sow some seeds in flats Why do you think we’re doing it? I’m supposed to ask you! Why are we doing it Dana? You’re the one that knows these things. We’re going to sow some seeds in flats. Generally this is a technique that you want to use for a number of reasons One, it helps you to develop roots efficiently depending on the type of crop you are sowing why some things are better to sow in flats and then transplant Vs. direct seed. Other things are the opposite – Could you give us some examples of what is the best regarding the flats. What are we going to put into these flats? In these flats we are planting broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and we might try some cabbage. Those types of things, usually,if you were preparing for warm season crops you would do things like tomatoes, summer squashes, those kinds of things that extend your season but since we have a 365 day growing season, that’s not as big of a motivation. What types would we direct sow and why? So, direct sowing crops, there’s a lot of different reasons certain crops do a lot better when their not transplanted because they undergo transplant shock So if you move them, they will actually cease growing for a little while They’re not going to die, but they’ll stop growing Could you give me an example of what would do that? Cucumbers are a great example of something that won’t transplant well. I actually learned that well this summer. Ya I transplanted them and they didn’t grow for like four weeks Cucumbers are really sensitive to being moved and so just like you experienced, if you would have just planted your cucumbers outside at the same time you would have planted them inside Or even if you planted the cucumbers inside four weeks ahead inside and at the same time you transplanted outside and also just direct seeded them, the ones you direct seeded would grow at the same rate. I would have gotten more than four cucumbers They would have grown at the same rate or faster than the ones inside. Just pay attention to whats good and not good to transplant vs. direct seed Root crops are something you also want to direct sow. Generally things like carrots, radishes, beets, turnips, those kinds of things. Another great advantage to these is that if we were to be succession planting like we were still harvesting tomatoes we could also get things planted in here and have them ready to go when we would have been ready to plant the seeds either under the tomatoes or replace them So we are going to make sure that the soil is nice and moist we’re going to follow the seeding recommendations on the seed packet depending on what it says for a particular plant or variety or crop. We want to make sure that the soil in here is pretty flat so that we get better germination and we can more easier find out how deep the seeds need to go. It will also help with watering with distributing the water more evenly We are making sure there is a drainage tray under all these so we’re not sitting in a bunch of water So we’re sowing this broccoli, we are going to try two different kinds- the romanasco and the dicoli- something I can’t pronounce. And we are just re purposed this milk jug to use as our markers and I’m writing down the variety that we’re planing and the date So we know how long it takes to germinate

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