Seedling light stand cleanup

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Finished reorganizing the seed stand. Culled all the broken flats. Organized the cell packs. All this for the master seed starter, not me. My eldest daughter does most of the seed starting. I taught her everything I knew, and she improved upon it. So I just get everything back in order after a winter of neglect.

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Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

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Lynn April 21, 2009, 5:24 pm

p.s. I didn’t sow anything that requires cold stratification. All that was planted germinates (relatively) easily at 68º. I’ll cover em up if it freezes, but besides that, they’re on their own.

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Lynn April 21, 2009, 2:22 pm

Hmmm, another post about needing the light setup to do seeds properly, and I know it, but rather than make something to live in the nasty basement, I sowed my NARGS seeds as instructed for growing under lights and then just put them outside. I know, sketchy. The 2 flats are both covered with a “humidity dome” that will keep out the rain and wind, and, yes, they will need monitoring. I figured that since it was too late to cold stratify, maybe it was still early enough to cool stratify 😉 Hope it works for at least some of them. For veggies, I’m either going to direct sow (leeks and greens already in) or buy at the Ithaca Plant Sale, now that we will be in town. Cannot wait!

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