I’ve been transitioning from peat moss seed starter to coconut coir. It’s a more sustainable option and I really like the results I’m getting with it. In particular I find that it is really easy to prick out tiny multi sown seedlings without damaging delicate root systems. These come in compressed blocks and when water is added they expand and fill about 2 1/2 seed trays each with seed starting medium. I’ve even recycled and reused some from last year with absolutely no issues. I’m going to have to start looking into larger bulk options though, these blocks are great, but I always feel bad when I clear the last few off the shelf, and they just don’t seem to ever carry a large quantity of them at my local store.

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I also took some lavender cuttings in the fall, and I have been keeping them in the greenhouse over the winter. I haven’t been super diligent about keeping them watered, but lavender prefers dryer conditions anyway. I do believe that most of these are forming roots because they are resistant to a light tug, and they all definitely still look alive. Lavender was something that I’ve always struggled to keep alive every time that I’ve brought one home, but the plant that I’ve finally managed to establish in my garden is doing fantastic and getting huge. I amended the soil with substantial amounts of pea gravel and sand in the spot where I planted it out and the increased drainage was just what it needed to establish itself strongly and survive. I’m really excited about successfully propagating these cuttings taken from that French Lavender plant. I adore lavender.

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These onions and leeks are from fresh seed purchased this year sown on February 9th, also grown entirely in the unheated greenhouse.

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These onions, leeks and chives were sown on January 27th (using up what I had left of last year’s seed) and have been in the greenhouse the entire time. This is something that will germinate even with relatively low temperatures so there’s no need to waste the precious limited space under the indoor grow lights for these. Heavily multi sown large modules. Onions have really tough root systems so they can be torn apart when divided without suffering any substantial root damage that would negatively affect their future growth. Any of these can also be planted out in clumps as well as individually.

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I also took some lavender cuttings in the fall, and I have been keeping them in the greenhouse over the winter. I haven’t been super diligent about keeping them watered, but lavender prefers dryer conditions anyway. I do believe that most of these are forming roots because they are resistant to a light tug, and they all definitely still look alive. Lavender was something that I’ve always struggled to keep alive every time that I’ve brought one home, but the plant that I’ve finally managed to establish in my garden is doing fantastic and getting huge. I amended the soil with substantial amounts of pea gravel and sand in the spot where I planted it out and the increased drainage was just what it needed to establish itself strongly and survive. I’m really excited about successfully propagating these cuttings taken from that French Lavender plant. I adore lavender.

121 views · Feb 20th

These onions and leeks are from fresh seed purchased this year sown on February 9th, also grown entirely in the unheated greenhouse.

109 views · Feb 20th

These onions, leeks and chives were sown on January 27th (using up what I had left of last year’s seed) and have been in the greenhouse the entire time. This is something that will germinate even with relatively low temperatures so there’s no need to waste the precious limited space under the indoor grow lights for these. Heavily multi sown large modules. Onions have really tough root systems so they can be torn apart when divided without suffering any substantial root damage that would negatively affect their future growth. Any of these can also be planted out in clumps as well as individually.

104 views · Feb 20th