Growing Your Own Starts
- Use brand new start trays or bleach old ones to kill bacteria.
- Fill with starter mix. Regular soil or dirt from the garden will not produce the same results. Sunshine #5 is a nice organic start mix that produces good root development and strong starts.
- Water well and drain.
- Use a leaf stem or small stick to poke a hole in the center of each cell in the start tray.
- Drop one seed in each cell (plants like space)
- Use fingers to pinch the soil back over over the top of the hole.
- Keep moist at all times; water 2-3 times a day for 1 minute with mist irrigation.
- Spray with liquid kelp and liquid fish emulsion when they sprout and weekly thereafter.
- If starting indoors or in a shady greenhouse, move to direct sunlight as soon as they sprout to prevent elongated stems and allow the starts to bush out.
- Plant when the roots begin to wrap around the cell and hold the soil firmly, approximately 3 weeks.
- When planting, apply more liquid kelp and fish emulsion to reduce transplant shock.
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