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BallsEleven
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
So I think part of my problem was I was keeping the soil mix too wet. I was keeping enough water in the tray to touch the bottom of the tray insert thinking the soil would wick the moisture up and keep everything moist.

I have a feeling it was too much moisture though. So my question is do I need to start with new seeds or are the others fine to use assuming I drain the pan so the soil can start drying up a bit?


jyoung1
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I am a garden noob, but I thought it was impossible to have over moistened soil for seedlings by bottom watering as you are?

I mean all of the seed starting kits you buy are watered this way.

Reason I ask is because I planted cauliflower, broccoli, & cabbage, and the cauliflower leaves came up and half of both leaves turned brown starting from the end of leaf. The broccoli & cabbage don't look the best either. Half of the cabbage seeds didn't even sprout.


jyoung1
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Also side question, is it common for watermelon seeds to have low germination rates?

I plated about 6-8 seeds in hills but only about a third of them sprouted. in some hills only 1 sprout came up.



PillageUrVillage
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but I thought it was impossible to have over moistened soil for seedlings by bottom watering as you are?


Well, soil too wet could cause the seeds to rot. You want it to just be damp. With the heat we’ve been having, it might be cooking them. Tough to say. Could just be a bad batch of seeds.


BallsEleven
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
That was my issue. I put new seeds in half the containers and drained some water at the beginning of this week and they have already started to sprout. I guess I will do the same with the other half and call it a learning lesson.


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After a week, my first lettuce has sprouted. Just 1 so far. Hopefully more come up over the next few days.


gumbo2176
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After a week, my first lettuce has sprouted. Just 1 so far. Hopefully more come up over the next few days.


Where are you, and how hot is it right now. I've planted lettuces every year for a fall/winter crop and if it's hot like it now is, the sprout rate for lettuce seeds is pitiful and unless you keep them wet and shaded, the sun will take them out.

I'm in N.O. and it's still way too hot to put out lettuce seeds. I usually grow about 10 different varieties of leaf lettuces every year.


gumbo2176
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Where did you get the seeds? Was it from a fresh watermelon from the store or did you buy them in a packet from a garden center?

I've found seeds from store bought produce don't germinate as easily as those bought in packets.


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PillageUrVillage
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Where are you, and how hot is it right now. I've planted lettuces every year for a fall/winter crop and if it's hot like it now is, the sprout rate for lettuce seeds is pitiful and unless you keep them wet and shaded, the sun will take them out.


St Landry Parish. And I have them in peat cups under my back patio which stays mostly shaded throughout the day. I mentioned in another post that the seed packet came with a crap load of seeds, so even if they fail I’ll just sow some more later on. Nothing to lose, really.


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