[Market-farming] questions about plugs
Barking Cat Farm
BARKINGCATFARM at MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Oct 26 15:14:42 EDT 2009
Thank you for all the great replies on salad mix harvesting. We've
stopped planting mix now and switched back to our own lettuce plug
production which we'll continue well into next May. FWIW, we start our
lettuce in 84 cell plugs and do not harden off before we transplant
out under a low tunnel. We do that nearly year round (not in summer).
We found very little loss by skipping the hardening step especially if
we keep an eye on temperature.
Meanwhile, we're struggling to produce enough vegetable (and flower
and herb) plugs ourselves as we expand our production on our farm.
I've been looking into buying vegetable plugs and it seems like the
only certified organic plug producer I've found so far (Plug
Connections) only sells 288 size trays for vegetables. I have 288
size plug trays. That's a really small plug. I'm thinking I would then
have to bring the tray in, immediately up-pot to a 50 cell or so size
tray and grow it out for longer before it was large enough to plant
out (tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, etc).
Does anyone have an advice in this regard? 288 cell size trays don't
solve my problem, they make it worse since I don't have a greenhouse
yet. One 288 cell tray will translate into 5-6, 50 cell trays. Is
anyone else bringing in plugs trays like this? And if so, what do you?
North Central Texas where it's raining, again. zones 8 & 7b
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