Posts tagged ‘seed starting’

Got Spring?

It may be 21 degrees F right now, but it must be spring if there are baby plants in the greenhouse.

There are dianthus, trachelium, and digitalis basking in the sunlight this morning, with lobelia, millet, asclepias, and rudbeckia still under lights in the basement.  There’s no heat in the greenhouse, so these little guys will be brought back inside this evening, and every evening for quite a while.

It’s easy so far, with only 17 trays going, but in another month I’ll be swimming in plants.  I’ll also be in Seattle for a week, and I don’t know exactly how I’m going to get the plants cared for when I’m gone.  I may put them in my hoophouse and cover them with a couple of layers of row cover.  Then I can probably get a friendly neighbor or relative to water them a couple of times.

So yes, I’d say we have spring.

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Starting Plants

Flowers ion the trays - Spinach in the bucket

Flowers in the trays - Spinach in the bucket

I started some digitalis camelot on the first of March, and have since sowed some salvia blue bedder, knautia, craspedia, dianthus amazon, statice, and purple majesty millet.  I have a small greenhouse that I built last fall, and it has been nice to be able to work out there on cold, but sunny days.

Growing Under Lights

Growing Under Lights

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The greenhouse isn’t heated, though, so most everything is actually growing under lights inside right now.

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Light rack

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I’m using plain old fluorescent shop lights in a shelf unit that I built last spring, and they seem to work just fine.  On each shelf, there are three lights going lengthwise, radiating their light waves down on four trays of plants.  The wooden boxes under each tray are handy for adjusting the distance from the lights.  This way, each tray can be adjusted  individually, rather than moving the lights up or down over all the trays at once.