I generally start plants with bottom heat in trays for a few days.
After emerging I take off the plastic top and place out in a bright spot
for a few days bring in at night. Than I move the culled survivors to
a cold where they reside until the night is above 50 F. Then outside
still in their trays for a few days, Then into the garden.
Any improvements would you suggest?
Found below link but it is chemical in path forward.
Bill who stores old milk bottles in cold from to moderate temperature.
Heat sink in a way.
I have found that doing one transplanting before going to ground gives
healthier plants. I always transplant to three or four inch pots, I'm
using peat pots because I have a bunch, bought on sale a couple years
ago. I then pack the pots into trays. I also save and scavenge pots
from friends, my own, etc. This takes more room. I use palstic dish
pans and plastic cat litter trays (cheap ones) that I drill full of
holes for drainage.
Transplanting seedlings when they get their first true leaves gives
them a big boost for some reason and the larger pots allow for better
I haul mine in and out in garden wagons, where they stay until going to
ground. If it is too nasty out, I lay grow lights across the wagon in
garage. I have lost plants to wind. Wind is not good on them when
introducing them to the outside world.
I have wondered about painting jugs black. Been thinking about cold
frame/mini greenhouse thing to extend fall harvest of greens and such
into winter, using black jugs of water as heat sink.
Yup. But remember we were able to get much smaller pulled plants . I'd
ask for a dozen tomatoes and get thirty. This with sweets, squash and
tomatoes in particular and even flowers. Old retired navy guy had an
German wife . Hell we could get orchids and eggs too. Gone now almost
20 trips about the sun.
Bill felling like an old dog.
Ahhh....yet you are continually learning new tricks, unlike the
proverbial old dog, eh?
Thanks for starting this journey down memory lane, remembering the old
ones in my life, who are no longer with me physically.
Makes me think it may be time to start wearing Big Smith Overalls and
blue cotton work shirts, the oldtime oldfart uniform in older days
round here. :-)
Charlie -- winamp -- Marc Antoine -- "Urban Gypsy"
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