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Seed starting spinach HOWTO

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” .

  • 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.

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I sowed them two per hole and two such holes per container.

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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

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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.

gg

Its been a while.

Before folks go into thinking that this blog is dormant… let me break this silence. I didnt blog here for a while since there were lot of changes in my life especially in the last few months. So gardening took back seat temporarily. I am not in the same old house anymore. I shifted to my “own” new apartment Yay! and I changed my job and joining back my old company.

So what this means to 50+ pots i have. ? They are now in the balconies and i am sure they will miss their old ‘terrace’.

Now I am in  the US for about a month. What to say, I am so lost in how nice weather is and the way plants are grown, esp when I see the varieties of plants/flowers here, i feel why can’t i take all these things to India.

I will just be buying Osmocote(timed release fertilizer) Not organic I know, but I just wanted to see how it works and probably someother stuff that i can take back.

Thanks to my friends who are taking care of the plants now. I hear from them that there are many blooms in balcony. Must be good!.

More later..

gg

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