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Old 4 Days Ago   #31
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Now that it looks like I will be using more plug trays, I decided its time to speed things up. Sowing a 512 tray does take quite a while, and I hate trying to roll seeds between my fingers.

About a week ago I ran across an interesting product.

https://www.impseeder.com/

Its nothing more then a piece of sheet metal with bent sides and holes drilled along the edges. You set it down on the appropriate plug tray, dump your seed right on, then you just drag the individual seed over to each hole. It has holes on both sides. You just work row by row, sowing the seed.

Grant it, its no vacuum seeder, but its bound to be faster.

So this morning, I made my own quick and dirty version.



In my opinion this is light years ahead of rolling and pinching seeds. I timed myself. It took 15 minutes to sow this entire flat. I got slowed down just a bit by seeds that were sticking to each other, and to metal itself. I need to smooth out some of the grinder marks. But overall a success!

This is one of those products that is stupidly simple, and it works. As you drag the seed across the hole, the hole dislodges it from your finger and it drops right into place. I didnt miss any holes, and only had a few doubles.

I might yet purchase the actual product. But I wanted to try out a homemade version, to test the waters.
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How do you keep two seeds from going into one hole?
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You're supposed to spread the seeds out so you can put your finger on one seed and drag it to the hole.
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You're supposed to spread the seeds out so you can put your finger on one seed and drag it to the hole.
Bingo! Its just that simple. I did the entire 512. I think I had maybe 10 cells that were double? That I didnt count, so its a guess.

When you start dragging the seeds you will quickly realize when you have more then 1 seed. Just takes a little practice, thats all. Just pick up your finger and try again, or once you get really good, you can drop 1 seed in a hole then immediately drop the other seed in another hole. Or just dont worry about it.

This evening I sowed another flat, it went quite a bit faster, once I knew what I was doing. I did make a change. I wrote the number beside the hole. 1,2,3, etc. It makes it much easier to keep track of what hole you dropped the seed into.
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Bingo! I did make a change. I wrote the number beside the hole. 1,2,3, etc. It makes it much easier to keep track of what hole you dropped the seed into.
Shame on you!!! You should've picked that up on the video.
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Shame on you!!! You should've picked that up on the video.
Honestly, I saw that in the video. My first thoughts were "im an adult, I think I can keep this straight. Its not Rocket Science."

After about the 4th or 5th seed on the test run. I was lost..

So this evening, I just wrote the #s right on it. As you drop the seed, just count out loud. Believe me, it works! Especially when you have to fight a seed that is stuck or when you run out of seeds and have to dump more.

I attribute the numbers to really speeding up my time.
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Another busy day of sowing seeds and transplanting.



Dahlia transplants. These are "Unwins Dwarf".



Sewed more Dahlia seeds



The variety in question. If these do well, next year Im going to hunt these down in larger quantities.



Sewed a bunch more of Basil, Catnip, and Oregano. I came to the conclusion to just cover the 512 trays with Clear Wrap.

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Looks like fun, keep rolling. It seems like I'm always transplanting and I just started more seeds.

You're gonna have to make a jig to pop those plants out, you better hit up Youtube for ideas soon.
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Looks like fun, keep rolling. It seems like I'm always transplanting and I just started more seeds.

You're gonna have to make a jig to pop those plants out, you better hit up Youtube for ideas soon.
Yep. The way I see it, seeds are cheap, for the most part. Especially if you buy in bulk. But I do like the smaller packs for stuff im new to, or to stuff im still learning how to germinate or grow. For instance Petunias. Even worse Wave Petunias. I have tried year after year. Not a lot of luck.

Definitely got to keep up with seeding. Dont want to run out of plants at a critical moment. For a lot of stuff, I think 2 week intervals are probably reasonable. You can keep stuff looking fresh that way. Then the stuff that is looking exhausted you can nurse back to good health. Whether it involves transplanting, pinching back, or heavy fertilizing. (Can you tell I did a stint at a Nursery?)

Oh yes to the jig. Probably just a board with dowels standing up right. Pop out a few rows at a time.

On another note, I really want to learn as much as possible about using these plug trays. Im really thinking that in a couple years a Wholesale Plug Business might be an interesting business venture.

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Question about covering the planter with clear wrap or whatever.

I have run into a slight problem with hot pepper seeds (5 different varieties of pepper seeds) that I started in one of those 72 hole trays.

The tray came with a clear plastic cover.

Some seeds germinate way ahead of the others. So I have some little plants that need the cover removed and some seeds that have not yet germinated.

The little plants are still too small to transplant, but they are tall enough to touch the plastic cover.

What do y'all do in such situations?
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Question about covering the planter with clear wrap or whatever.

I have run into a slight problem with hot pepper seeds (5 different varieties of pepper seeds) that I started in one of those 72 hole trays.

The tray came with a clear plastic cover.

Some seeds germinate way ahead of the others. So I have some little plants that need the cover removed and some seeds that have not yet germinated.

The little plants are still too small to transplant, but they are tall enough to touch the plastic cover.

What do y'all do in such situations?
In my opinon, you can transplant as early as you want. I personally think that the earlier you do it, the less potential for setback you have. I know some folks recommend waiting until the first true leaves, I have no problems at all transplanting at the Cotyledon stage. Matter of fact, I have some I need to do as we speak. Just need to get some Perlite.

Just be careful and dont break the taproot. Which that does bring up the fact that the earlier you transplant, the less roots you have to deal with. Thats an incentive in my book.

Most of the seedlings in this pic were transplanted at the Cotyledon stage.

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