Over the years I have tried different seed raising mixes mainly commercial ones they all look a little different but germination has mostly been the same. I have been using a homemade mix that has been working well for me and thought I would share it. Using this my seeds are sprouting really very quickly faster than in the commercial mixes I had been using.
- Peat – is coir fibre which I buy in a compressed block add water and let it expand.
- River sand – or sandpit sand as it is commonly known and sold by the small bag.
- Mixture is 1:1
Keeping the seedling alive!
This year I am determined not to allow my seedlings to dry out so have devised a plan….
- I decided to use a wicking like method so the seedlings don’t have to fully rely on me for survival.
- I went to my local floor covering store and bought a smallish piece of felt underlay.
- cut this out to sit on the bottom of my heated tray.
- The seed trays I use have cut outs in the side and some in the bottom so that moisture when needed is drawn up from the bottom of the felt.
- Make sure the felt is always moist not too wet or the seeds stay wet and wont germinate, this has happened to my spinach so I have had to re-seed.
- I have been checking daily and none of my trays have dried out.
So far so good as they say! I will let you know if I come across any other problems with this method.
Another quick share are these seed watering heads, I love them! They screw to the top of an old plastic bottle. I Got them from Diggers the spray is gentle and fine and they don’t disturb the soil and blast your seeds.
What seed raising mix are you using for your seeds?