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Seed Propagation

Propagating your seeds early can save hundreds of dollars in a large garden rather than buying the plants.


   

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Many people think buying plants such as tomatoes with fruit already growing on it is the thing to do. I believe there are two reasons for this:

1.  It makes their garden pretty.
2.  They think they will have a faster harvest time.

That isn't always true. Besides costing you a lot of money you can encounter other problems.

  •  Taking them out of an environment they are used to then planting them in your garden can cause them to go into shock.

  • What fruit or vegetable is on them can fall off, the plant can shrivel up causing them not to produce for a longer time.

By starting your seeds early you can let them adapt to the climate they will be growing in.

Starting Seeds

We like to use the starter trays with the degradable seed cups. Use a good plant starter.

Be careful not to over water as this can cause a mold to grow killing the plants. When they become too big for the cups remove the cup around them a replant in a larger pot. We use styrofoam cups with holes punched in the bottom to let the water drain.

People say to leave the degradable pots on the plants when transplanting them. We don't do that. I have had plants that died and when I dug them up the pots had not decomposed. The roots were massed together inside the pot and not spreading out like they need to.

Before you plant them in the garden take them outside for a couple of weeks. This way they can adapt to the climate they will grow in.

Be sure you know which plants like heavy manure and water and which ones don't.

Don't waste your time starting vine vegetables such as watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin and plants that string out. They have a huge root system and don't transplant well.

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Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds