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Re: Okay, serious stuff

Yes, too soon for most of the ones you'd grow, but not for others.  Annual
Geraniums (Pelargoniums) should be started inside 10-12 wks before setting
out.  That's about February 15 to March 1 here.  It gives you something to
keep your mind off the ones that should only have 6 weeks.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2005 3:52 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Okay, serious stuff

> Jim, I'm certainly no expert and have no professional background, but
> I have started started seeds indoors for close to fifty years.  I'm sure
> you are planning a much grander operation than I have ever had, but
> I do have one tip.  I have used cooky pans in the past to catch drips,
> and find they rust and end up being pretty messy.  I now usually use
> aluminum roasting pans which can be discarded at the end of the
> season.
> I have never used heating coils.  The things that I think need bottom
> heat, especially squash, I start on top of the dryer and furnace in the
> laundry room, and bring out into the light when the first seed-leaves
> appear.  I realize you're thinking of a much bigger operation, but
> do you really think you would need the heat in your climate?
> For many years I started seeds in plastic cups full of vermiculite.
> I would put the whole packet of seeds into one cup, and when the
> sprouts had four leaves would transplant each into those plastic
> six-packs.  Labor intensive.  Now I have some of Parks' starters
> and also fill six-packs with soil and put  two or three seeds into
> each - remove the weakest as they grow.  Less time and effort,
> but I'm not sure I have any better results.
> I'm telling myself each day that it's too soon to start seeds, but
> I'm sure I will not be able to resist doing it soon even though I
> know I should wait until the end of the month.  Good luck with
> yours.
> Auralie
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