Its almost a month since I planted those spinach seeds and I thought I will post some pictures today. As i already mentioned they are grown in a mix that has vermiculite, compost, coir dust in the ratio 1:1:1.
So here they are.
One of the things I learned during this seed starting is that the quality of compost used is very important.Since that is the only source of nutrients in this mix. I used BioFarm available in Lalbagh. I am not sure, its pure compost or they add some fertilizer to make it “enriched”. When I opened the bag, it looked so dry and very powdery and had a chemical smell. If it had chemicals, I am sure that microbes and all those living organisms for which we use compost are dead.
I am sure if i had used red soil/loam, I would have gotten much better results. But I have been trying to come up with a soil mix thats very light in weight. This way moving around the pots is much easier and so is repotting.
Another new addition to my garden is Asparagus Fern. I requested that plant from my office and the gardener was kind enough to give me a plant. Thanks to him
Spinach was in my list since quite sometime so I wanted to start spinach as the first thing after i came back.
I picked up some seeds from Lalbagh and was all set to start. This time I wanted to try the soil mix recommended by Mel Bartholomew of Square foot gardening fame. Its called “Mel’s Mix” .
1/3 of Vermiculite
1/3 of Coir pith.
1/3 of Compost.
I didn’t have home made compost with me so I bought a bag of compost from lalbagh.
I mixed all the three thoroughly and filled the containers with them. I used the old Fruit juice containers like Tropicana. The head of the containers are cut and i use the bottom 3/4th.
The spinach seeds look like this. They are large enough to handle them individually.
I sowed them two per hole and two such holes per container.
The spinach seeds were sown half inch deep and covered with fine vermiculite. It took 5-6 days for the first sprout to show up and them all of them eventually started.
After 10 days, they look like this
I plan to keep these seedlings in the same containers. I came to know that spinach resent transplant so I am not going to do that.
I am planning to start bell peppers and tomatoes in the coming days.