Peat moss is a great way to add organic matter and water retention ability to your garden soil, and it does the same thing in the starting mix
. This becomes the base of the mix and should be about a third of the mixture.
Place the container with drainage holes on top of the bed of pebbles in the other container and fill it with your favorite starting mix
. Use the third container as a humidity dome until your babies are ready to face the world.
We started the seeds in cell packs with peat-based starting mix
under a dome and had good results," another buyer commented.
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It can work to the advantage of new seedlings to mix compost, composted manure (make sure it is fully composted), or worm castings into a starting mix
, as these will add nutrients beneficial to the young seedlings once the seeds have germinated.
Depending on the starting mix
, this gelatin -- which Inglett calls "oatrim" -- contains from 1 to 25 percent beta-glucan by weight.
Do you have a commercial seed starting mix
, containers to hold the mix, and were you going to use a heating mat this year to support germination and growth?
Containers of seed starting mix
are fine, too; transplant into garden beds when seedlings have at least one set of true leaves.
* A sterile potting soil formulated especially for seed starting, such as Espoma Organic Seed Starting Mix
, Mosser Lee's NoDampOff or Organic Mechanics Seed Starting Blend.
About 8 to 10 weeks before danger of frost is past, sow seeds in flats, divided trays, or small pots using a light, porous peat starting mix
(standard potting soils usually are too heavy).
If your starting mix
didn't contain an organic fertilizer blend, feed seedlings a diluted, liquid organic fertilizer (such as fish emulsion) when they form their first true leaves.
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