Speedling Trays vs. TLC Plug Flats vs a Flat

Sharon Gordon gordonse at one.net
Mon Oct 30 13:30:09 EST 2000

A great thing is to grow them in wooden flats and then just prick them out with
a widger for transplanting.

There are instructions in The Backyard Homestead Mini-Farm & Garden
Log Book by John Jeavons, J. Mogador Griffin & Robin Leler for making
the flat.  A full size flat weighs 40 pounds with the soil and a half size
flat with soil weighs 20 pounds, so you can pick which you like according
to the weight lifting challenge you would like :-). Redwood and oak
work well for flats and hold up well.  But you can use most any wood
that doesn't have any sort of anti-plant characteristics.

To get them out of the flat easily for transplanting, a widger works well.
It's about the size of a table knife and like a cross between a
dibble and a small trowel.  I got mine from Bountiful Gardens
http://www.bountifulgardens.org .  They also have a variety of
seed for vegetables that taste good.  A grapefruit spoon or 
longhandled-thin bowl
baby feeding spoon also works well for the lifting out of the lettuce but 
then you need a dibble, old toothbrush handle,  widger,  or something for 
the planting hole.
Widger for the whole process is the fastest of the options.

gordonse at one.net

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