[Market-farming] plug production questions

Andy Fellenz fellenz at fltg.net
Tue Feb 10 16:03:32 EST 2009


As someone who is about to start construction of a small germination 
chamber, ~15-20 flat capacity, I'm curious as to what your homebuilt 
chamber looks like and how it operates.  Could you tell us a little 
about its design and construction?



John Hendrickson wrote:
> 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

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