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5 Responses to “GG 43 | Seed Starting Made Easy!”

  1. Damon Says:

    What's your favorite seed starting method?

  2. Isaac Says:

    I heard of a method of sawing the top off an egg shell and poking holes in the bottom with a needle.  Then saving the egg shells, filling them with potting soil and growing them in the egg carton.  Transplanting would mean rolling the shell to break it to fine pieces then dropping it in a hole in the garden.  As a first time grower, im going to try this with at least a few plants.
    I tried to get some rock dust from the local sand/gravel company and they didn't know what i was talking about but said they had "agricultural lime".  Is this the same as rock dust?
    Thanks for the podcast
    Isaac

  3. Damon Says:

    Hey, thanks for posting. No, they aren't the same. Well, yes, they are both kinds of rock dust, but they consist of different elements.

     

    Lime is basically calcium, depending on the variety calcium, magnesium and/or sulfur. Lime is white in appearance, although gypsum is redish.

     

    Rock phosphate is phosphorus and is red, much like red clay. If you can't find rock phosphate buy bone meal instead it's a good alternative, and it's what I used most in the early days. Here in the south, bone meal is everywhere because of the cattle industry.

  4. Stephanie Says:

    Damon,
    Thanks for doing this podcast! Like you, I also prefer direct sowing whenever I can. I do want to learn these indoor seed starting techniques for tomatoes though because our summers in Florida arrive fast, ruining any chance of tomato success. People around here start tomatoes in mid-January for March transplanting or grow them in the fall.

    I always find it funny that whenever someone is new to gardening the first thing they think they should try to grow is tomatoes. I have had more trouble growing tomatoes than anything else (except peppers)! I've been able to grow peanuts, beans, peas, squash, and even corn, but I am still trying to figure out tomatoes. Like you, I want to grow them more for sauces and relishes than for fresh eating, so I go for roma types. All of my tomato seedlings died from damping off this time around, so I will get some transplants from the farmer's market, but I will try again in the fall!

  5. Damon Says:

    Thanks! I find it funny that greenhorn gardeners want tomatoes as well. The University of Florida has a breed of tomato called Neptune for us in the Gulf Coast States, better able to handle the heat and fungal problems down here. Check it out: Neptune Tomato.

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