Be careful with the transition. Don't just move them from a warm house into a unheated greenhouse.
DoubleDogFarm wrote:Can you elaborate more on this. Will Allen ( Growing Power ) uses huge piles for large greenhouse. I'm interested in the smaller scale.I also will build a small (3' x 3' or so) compost pile in the GH when I start my seeds. The heat of the pile helps to control fluctuating nighttime temps.
. ++++you can even start them two weeks earlier that you ususlly do if you add 100 gallons of water in 50 gallon black drums and some smaller plastic 20 gallon plastic boxes. I suggest the dark green plastic containers with lids. the water serves two purposes it heats the greenhouse at night and absorbs some of the hot heat during the day!. As long as you have a double glass or plastic this will keep the temperature a few degrees warmer at night. the 20 gallon plastic containers will heat up faster duing the day and give off more heat at night. the 50 gallon drums will gradually heat up and stay about 50 once the real cold nghts are gone! I usually insulate the bottom of the barrels or plastic containers by setting them on top of a foam or insulated base which stops heat from being lost to the floor! Solar is the only way to go! Even a stack of bicks or block set on top of a inslated floor will absorb heat and release it after the sun goes down! I put my cole crops like broccoli on the table top above the water containers so they are cooled some on hot days so they don't get stringy!soil wrote:does anyone out there start there seeds in a greenhouse? we have an unheated greenhouse that still gives us a good jump for starting seeds before we can plant them out.
how do you have your systems set up?
right now we have wide shelves above the beds(4 high, 18 inches apart) and they are 2 ft wide. there are gaps in each level to allow some light through. we can have a few thousand starts if need be but most of it is dedicated to propagation/overwintering plants.
i feel that the plants come out a lot more squat and sturdy compared to indoors even when the temps are warmer inside.
Soil, an update. I sowed 120 super sugar snap peas on Jan. 26. As of this morning about 82 had sprouted, some within three days. There looks to be a few more about ready to break the soil. Some of the early ones are approaching 4" tall, which I presume is large enough to transplant.soil wrote:wordwiz, they will work if you plan on putting them out fast. they outgrow the little containers fast. its basically to just make sure things germinate and you get plants out quick. they work good for herb seeds. the reason i use the 72 cell trays more is i can propagate small cuttings in them as well as start seeds.
You can use something like a Sterilite container to hold the water. Last year, I had about 40 trays of plants that I watered once a week. Took maybe 90 minutes.Chaesman wrote:Just asking becasue I have pleanty of 72 cell trays but no bottom trays at the moment and was just wondering if 2 or 3 daily waterings could suffice.. i'll get bottom trays if absoulutly neccesary but they are not in the budget at this point in time so I would have to do some money hunting lol. (Oh and when I say plenty I mean pleanty I have access to a local farmers supply and he has in excess of 100,000 cell trays
Tin,I was wondering about the raised beds you have your seed beds sitting on. Are these filled with top soil or just any type of fill you have around. What type of lumber are you using for the bed frames? We have had a green house for my wife's plants for years. I would like to try and use the floor space to raise winter veggies.