Seed-Starting, Part 2

| 2/25/2016 10:21:00 AM

Tags: seed starting, season extension, grow lights, Pacific Northwest gardening, Charlyn Ellis, Oregon,


Seedlings in the classroom.

Read Part 1 of this series here.

After two weeks, it is clear. Starting even cool-weather crops inside, under a light, is better than starting them in the chilly greenhouse. Granted, it is an El Nino year, so it has been very dark and damp, but there is not quite enough light to grow stocky seedlings yet.

The classroom starts have grown beyond the first two leaves, and I can tell which flats hold kale or mustard, the celery has sprouted, and all of the tomatoes are up. In the greenhouse, many starts are still on the first leaves, they are a little leggy, and neither the celery nor the one flat of 'Sungold' tomatoes are out of the ground. Even the lettuce starts from January are holding back, waiting for more light.


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