Why do we have seed tray here filled with garden soil? would not bugs damage the seedlings, would not it be better to buy soil only because it was specially made?
As a matter of fact this is the old way of avoiding soil transplant shock. The baby plant does not 'know' it is going to be transplanted...
In home garden one gets stunted transplants here not only because sun is aggressive in high altitude desert but also because garden centers will sell 6.0 soil, and 7.5+ or 8.5+ is a big difference.
If garden soil was replaced it's not a bad idea to use that in your seedlings potting mix.
What that's going to do is to teach the baby plant what live forms are coming with it.
when it comes to seedlings one does not need expensive grow lights.
These are shop lights and cinder blocks. as plants get a bit bigger lights go more up
One needs to keep the lights close and move them up as plants grow. These are full spectrum shop lights. thenit;s time to turn cinder block on it's side from horizontal to vertical. and we keep growing.
This is double tarp (new one) above expensive solid hardwood. No floors were ever damaged with that method, because I do not like replacing those either :).
It does save a lot to start from seeds. We are talking $2+ per tomato plant.
The garden succession retrospective. Experiments with peas continued.
to gardens we go...
This is early spring, peas go in in March or earlier depending on the weather, they are not going to come up if to cold, they do fine with snow, or hail. We get snow in mid May or there were years even in June.
these can go in in February under row covers or even can overwinter, daicon sure did.