[Market-farming] plug production questions

John Hendrickson jhendric at wisc.edu
Tue Feb 10 12:34:38 EST 2009

Three thoughts on this topic:

Because peat tends to repel water and can be hard to moisten evenly once 
in plastic cell trays, I find it best to fill flats with moist 
(dampened), but not wet, potting mix (I use a compost/peat mix from 
Vermont Compost).  Also, I water seeds in with hot water which helps the 
flats start out warm before going into a (homemade) germination chamber.

Finally, because growing high quality transplants is so important and 
requires as much learning and experience to do well as all the summer 
field activities, I encourage people starting out to take advantage of 
opportunities to buy transplants from experienced growers or to rent 
space in experienced growers' greenhouses.


John Hendrickson
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1535 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

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