My much appreciated “viewer” from Lettherebegarden queried my selection of soil for starting seeds. I’ve had a long history of starting seeds in greenhouses, under lights in my basement and in Southern windows. In the communal greenhouses, I always preferred the use of Pro-Mix, and in particular, Pro-Mix PGX. Pro-Mix BX will do in a pinch but the PGX is finer and more suited to starting seeds. Because I have always found Pro-Mix in exceedingly large bags, the use in a greenhouse made sense. Now that I do not have use of a green house, I am experimenting with other soil-less mixes. One I like is This product was available at a local garden center and it seemed to do the trick. I am growing alpine strawberries for a competition coming up soon, and so far, so good:
Looks like it is time to transplant these strawberries! Another product that is easy to use and very tidy is Jiffy. In my experience, the germination is not as predictable in these just- add- water products. However I can see why some gardeners who do not like the fuss and muss of big open bags of loose mix would appreciate the ease of ‘add water and plant seed.’
Finding the right soil mix is key but there is much more to learn about the practice of seed starting. I will save myself the time of spelling it all out on MY blog because there are already SO many good practical sites. A favorite of mine is http://www.finegardening.com. There you will find ’10 Seed Starting Tips.’ And if you haven’t discovered http://www.awaytogarden.com – GO THERE now! The BEST garden blog in my opinion!