Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time to Start Doing Some Test Plantings

With pumpkin seed starting time next month it is a good time now to start practicing your seed starting techniques.  No reason to lose a good seed to poor techniques or a poor seed starting mix.  For the last few years I've been using ProMix BX for my seed starting mix.  I amend that with some earthworm casting from my own bins (about 1 cup) along with some myco and a little Azos at the bottom third of the pot.  For the full seed starting procedure look for my posts in April in previous years.

Late this fall I did a test planting with a soil less mixture that seemed pretty promising. I knew other growers had amended their soil with a similar product from the same company and had good results so I wanted to give it a try.  Everything come up nicely but three weeks later all three of the plants I had started quickly turned yellow.  I'm not sure what caused that but my suspicion is that the soil less mixture had a problem with it.  I won't be using it again.  You don't want the first month of the season to start with dead plants.

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