And seeding won’t end until September – but I feel a bit of relief – knowing that we will hopefully deliver something edible to our CSA come early May. Once we begin heating our propagation greenhouse, especially since it is heated with propane, we try to fill it with seeded flats as quickly as possible so we are mostly germinating seeds rather than just heating air. This past week we have seeded over 180 flats – mostly onions – but a few early brassicas. Our onions require about 8 weeks before they are ready for transplanting to the field and we normally like to start them around mid February so they are ready to be transplanted around the beginning of April. We are a little late seeding onions this season but I don’t see that it will impact our production schedule too awfully much.
We will be out of propagation bench space mid March, but our plan is to move around 100 flats from the propagation house to another greenhouse, the other greenhouse won’t be as warm as our propagation greenhouse because it will be heated with wood, so I guess we will actually be “hardening” our onion transplants off before they are transplanted to the field. This will be the first time for hardening our transplants off as we are finally getting around in developing a system for doing so. Click here for information about the Gro-Mor that we use to speed up our seeding process.
A few flats of cucumbers that have germinated. Lee seeded these cucumbers for us and they germinated nicely.