Seed-starting chronicles 2011

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Allison
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Here's a picture (I hope!) of my solution to the more-seedlings-than-space problem. I made what I call my seed-starting shed using old 2 x 4's, some recycled polyacrylic panels, a roll of 6-mil plastic and a lot of staples. On really cold nights I put a small electric heater inside. It's very ugly but the new one I am planning to make this summer will be more of a lath house with removable plastic windows and it's going where it won't be visible from the house.

(I said, I hope, because I'm having some trouble remembering how to post images..... hope this works!) If not, I'm sorry, everybody!

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Hoy
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I can see your picture Lis but I couldn't see Fermi's (in another thread).
Your shed is similar to one of mine made of recycled window panes.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Hoy wrote:

I can see your picture Lis but I couldn't see Fermi's (in another thread).
Your shed is similar to one of mine made of recycled window panes.

I've re-posted them in the hope that others can see them! ;D
(Fermi, your reposted images fixed the problem, thanks!  Mark McD)

Lis,
that shows what determination you guys in Canada have to have to raise all those seedlings!
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Hoy
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Skulski wrote:

For me, the crux is the point where I have to start separating seedlings into individual pots... where there was one pot, there is suddenly 4 or 6!  I can only keep that many with the amount of room I have!

... although the whole operation will be made easier this year, when it finally gets warm enough to start putting plants out during the day, then putting them back into the garage at night - which won't be for some time yet (oh, have I already mentioned that?  ;D ;D) - by the addition of this new, deluxe, turbo-charged, heavy-duty plant cart! 
Tah dah!! 

Feast your eyes on those sturdy locking wheels!  That solid construction - it holds 4 trays per shelf (without the frightening wobbling of old plastic shelf system)!  The sleek lines.... It's the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow of plant carts!  Or maybe the Lockheed Starlifter of plant carts, I dunno. (Try to imagine it without all the crap piled on its shelves... and maybe with some flames painted on the sides...  ;D)
Envious??  Yeah, I thought so...  :D :D

Lori, if you get only 4-6 pots for each sowed you are luckier (or maybe more restrictive) than me - I usually get the double! (Can't throw any seedling :-[)
Do you export your (patented I suppose?) Rolls Royce Silver Shadow? I'll have some ;D

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Hoy
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Todd wrote:

A couple of quick shots of some of my babies.  Pots are sprouting daily!

Nice and orderly, Todd. Do the babies have famous names?

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Hoy wrote:

Todd wrote:

A couple of quick shots of some of my babies.  Pots are sprouting daily!

Nice and orderly, Todd. Do the babies have famous names?

I actually copied-pasted Todd's pics of seed pots, so that I could rotate the image 90 degrees to the left (to make the labels right-reading), and zoomed in a bit, to see what species were planted.  Curious minds... :rolleyes: ;D

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Hoy
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McDonough wrote:

Hoy wrote:

Todd wrote:

A couple of quick shots of some of my babies.  Pots are sprouting daily!

Nice and orderly, Todd. Do the babies have famous names?

I actually copied-pasted Todd's pics of seed pots, so that I could rotate the image 90 degrees to the left (to make the labels right-reading), and zoomed in a bit, to see what species were planted.  Curious minds... :rolleyes: ;D

I thought of doing something like that - but figured Todd could tell me if he wanted to ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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A few more little goodies...
Salvia indica - easy, warm, germination in 6 days:

http://www.google.ca/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=salvia%20indica&oe=UT...

Papaver sp. from Tajikistan, collected by Panayoti; easy, warm -germinated in 11 days:

Scutellaria resinosa - easy, warm; germinated in 6 days:

http://www.rmrp.com/Photo%20Pages/SS/Scutellaria%20resinosa%20100DPI.htm

Campanula cervicaria - easy, warm; germinated in 22 days:

http://sophy.u-3mrs.fr/photohtm/HI924.HTM

Campanula orphanidea - in cold room for 1 month, then germinated in warm after 9 days:

http://www.greekmountainflora.info/Falakro/slides/Campanula%20orphanidea...

Orostachys iwarenge - easy, warm; germinated in ~18 days:

http://www.rockwallgardens.com/Succulents.html

Penstemon davidsonii var. praeteritis - in cold room for 1 month, then germinated in warm after 9 days:

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/2009/05/penstemon_davidsonii_var_...

Potentilla megalantha - easy, warm; germinated in 6 days:

http://www.wildgingerfarm.com/Potentilla.htm

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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You really know to choose the right plants, Lori! I always wonder why I didn't choose those! The only one I have is the Potentilla i think ;D

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Mark McD
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Lori, nice touch... finding a good photo link for each!  Salvia indica looks like a special one, with different flower coloration than many. The UBC photos of Penstemon davidsonii var. praeteritis show stunning mounds of this species, wow :o

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

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