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rowcover question?

posted by: gladgrowing on 03.12.2007 at 12:50 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

Hi all,
In my eagerness to start seed, i have cauliflowers, broccs., and various cabbages ready to plant out in still iffy temps.
I am wondering if i cover these raised beds with both thinner remay-type cloth and plastic sheeting if too much light will be cut out for these kind of plants to thrive?
Thanks,
Glad

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clipped on: 03.19.2007 at 03:27 pm    last updated on: 03.19.2007 at 03:28 pm

Seed Sprouting and Temperatures

posted by: violet_z6 on 04.18.2006 at 04:43 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

For all those germinating seeds, I thought this table might be of some use to pass along:

"How long does it take for those seeds to sprout? At 40 degrees F, carrots take 50 days to sprout. 50 DAYS! Wow that is almost 2 MONTHS, of course the soil warms gradually so they finally do sprout sooner but think of all the bad things that can happen to those seeds in that time period.

Now look at the time to sprout in the late summer when the soil temperature might be around 70 degrees. Carrots take 6 days ! What a difference - the same is true of every other type of seed.
Beets: 40 days versus 6 days.
Onions: 30 days versus 4 days.
Peas: 40 days versus 7 days.
Spinach: 25 days versus 5 days."

So 80°F - 85°F is optimum for the most rapid germination. Greenhouses know this which is why they often use heating pads under their seed trays to make the most efficient use of time management.

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clipped on: 02.23.2007 at 12:57 pm    last updated on: 02.23.2007 at 12:57 pm

reccomend a good grow light/system

posted by: regaldozer on 02.18.2007 at 10:22 am in Vegetable Gardening Forum

I am going to be starting seeds for the first time this season and I want to know any reccomendations for a good grow light/grow light system. very basic setup please

thanks

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clipped on: 02.21.2007 at 09:36 pm    last updated on: 02.21.2007 at 09:38 pm