Growing Seedlings – A Garden Explosion

We started with 3 flats of seeds, which we germinated in the home where we are staying, and then put them under lights until we could take them to the completed greenhouse.

These quickly became 35 flats of seedlings. Three more flats of seeds are now 30 flats of seedlings, for a total of about 5,000, and we’ve run out of seedling flats.

This week we planted 5 flats of corn (only 81 per flat), and flats of about 1,000 each tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cauliflower, lettuce, and I think I’ve forgotten one or two.
We will build about 200 more flats ASAP, and we’ll have the greenhouse full, with overflow on the outside hardening-off tables, within about two weeks!

We are also seeing strong activity in the new-seedling area of our hot-bed. The design allows us to maintain warm temperatures, even when the weather outside is near freezing, so germination is fast.

We’ll need to transplant 2,000 plants from there in the next 10 days – but these will stay in the hot-bed, just spread out, with planting at 2 1/2″-3″ intervals.

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