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Seed Starting Project: Plants in Transition

 

This is what they looked like just before they were removed from the light.

This is what they looked like just before they were removed from the light.

This is the sad empty table today...

This is the sad empty table today…

Yesterday the plants were removed from the light table in the lobby of the Library. They were taken to the home of a Green Committee member to be “hardened off” and become acclimated to conditions outside so they can be planted in the next two weeks or so.

The seedlings will be taken outside for a few hours a day to start, out of direct sunlight. Gradually we will increase the number of hours outside and start to put them in the sun for increasingly longer intervals.

A good rule of thumb for judging when to plant outside in the garden is when the night time temperatures consistently stay above 50 degrees. These plants will be kept indoors at night until that threshold is reached.

The entire process generally takes about two weeks.

By julie collins on May 14, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Earthboxes

photo (27)We received our shipment of Earthboxes late last week. We ordered 5 of them: 4 for our planting project and one to raffle at the Green Farmers’ Market on August 17. We are planning on beginning the hardening off process next week: the seedlings need to be brought outside for a few hours a day to get gradually acclimated to being outside. I think they are ready for the transition!photo (30) Some of the pepper plants already have tiny peppers growing.

 

And the tomatoes and cucumbers are ready to be transplanted as well.photo (29)

 

By julie collins on May 7, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Cucumbers germinated!

photo (25)The cucumber seeds germinated over the past weekend–just took 3 days or less to sprout up!photo (26)

By julie collins on April 30, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Cucumber Seeds Planted

photo (23)We planted cucumber seeds today in small pots–2-3 per pot. And transplanted the tomatoes seedlings into one per pot. The pepper and basil plants continue to grow–they are ready to be planted!

 

 

 

 

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We ordered the EarthBoxes yesterday and will have 4 of them outside on the southwest corner of the Library grounds. We have been monitoring the spot and it gets loads of full sun for many hours per day. But we still have at least 3 weeks to go before we can even think about planting them out. 

By julie collins on April 25, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Tomato Sprouts!

The tomato seeds have germinated–mostly. Only 3 of the cells do not have seedlings.

The peppers and basil are growing almost too fast--we won't be planting them for at least another 3 weeks!

The peppers and basil are growing almost too fast–we won’t be planting them for at least another 3 weeks!

And a few of them are starting to get their true leaves already.

Some of the peppers are starting to set fruit and may need to be potted up very soon.

Some of the peppers are starting to set fruit and may need to be potted up very soon.

 

By julie collins on April 18, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Transplants–One Month of Growth

photo (12)We planted our pepper and basil seeds one month ago today! Some of the seedlings were getting too big for the cells in the flat so we transplanted the largest of each of the varieties and separated seedlings that were growing two to a cell. In the bigger pots, the plants have more room to expand their root systems and do not need to be watered daily or twice daily. We will be starting tomatoes in the next few days.photo (11)

By julie collins on April 5, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Ready To Be Transplanted

seedlingclosemar28The seedlings are growing fast now. They have developed sets of true leaves and are now ready to be transplanted in to larger containers which we will do early next week. Next week we will also be planting tomato seeds. March 28, 2014seedlingsmar28

By julie collins on March 28, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Seedlings

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In the past five days there has been a significant amount of growth as over 25 seeds have germinated thus far. Staff check the flat each day, misting with water as needed. March 16, 2014

By mreynolds on March 16, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Germination!

thaibasilseedlingWe have germination! One Thai basil seed has sprouted. It has been one week since it was planted. Now the light will be on 18 hours a day (on a timer starting at 6:00 a.m. and turning off at 12:00 midnight).

By julie collins on March 11, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: First Seed Flat Planted

seedflatmar514The Seed Starting Project is underway! We planted our first flat using all heirloom pepper and basil seeds.  Pepper varieties include: Long Cayenne, Miniature Chocolate Bell, Alma Paprika, Kalman’s Hungarian, Santa Fe Grande and Tequila Sunrise. Basil varieties include: Genovese, Purple Dark Opal, and Thai. We’ve put the flat on a heat mat as bottom heat helps to promote germination for many seeds. Most of these varieties should germinate by the middle of next week. Check back here to see the progress! more

By julie collins on March 6, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project