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Doin' The Seedling Shuffle

   

Well it's that time of year... The greenhouse was damaged last fall in a violent windstorm, and after deciding trying to fix it wasn't worth the trouble we are working on gathering materials for our new and improved wood structure greenhouse.  With real salvaged windows and everything!

But right now, we are doin' the seedling shuffle.  The flats are living in the warm laundry room under florescent lights.  The florescents give the seedlings the light we lack this time of year and are more energy efficient than running a heater in the greenhouse.  So for now, we are doin' the seedling shuffle. 

When the flats are first seeded they are watered in and then placed on a heating mat, which keeps the soil a consistent temperature, promoting fast and accurate germination.  As soon as the seedlings begin to emerge- and push themselves through the top layer of soil, we move them up a shelf and under the lights.  

The flats are rotated twice a day for even light distribution and they must also be watered outside at least once a day.  The small cells can dry out in a heartbeat if close attention is not paid.  Watching the first emergence of life after a cold, wet winter is awakening and inspiring.  So for now I don't mind,

Doin' the seedling shuffle.

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