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Seed Starting for Warm Season Crops

March 27, 2012

This weekend I started some more seeds that will get planted in the garden once the risk of frost has passed.  In my Zone 5 garden, mid-May is usually my target.  Funny how it already feels like the middle of May outside.

My cool season seedlings are currently happy under their grow lights.

First up I poured warm water over the peat pellets to expand the growing medium.  This time around I went with a large 72 cell tray as I like to start more warm season crops from seed…mostly  heirloom tomatoes and herbs.

seed starting pellets

All plumped up!

seed starting tray

To prepare to ‘plant’ my seeds, I peeled back the netting and fluffed up the growing medium.

expanded peat pellet

And then finally placed a seed in the pellets and covered with around a 1/4″ of the mix.  Can you spot the seed?

seed starting peat pellets

This is what I started:

Tomatoes

  • Aunt Ginny’s Purple
  • HillBilly
  • Cherokee Green
  • Cuostralee
  • Black Sea Man
  • Cherokee Chocolate

Herbs

  • Fine Verde basil
  • Genovese basil
  • tarragon
  • parsley
  • chervil

And a few Thai Green eggplants.

Just think only around 120 days until the first juicy tomato from the garden….dang that stinks.

How are your garden plans or chores coming so far?

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