So with great excitement, I started my seeds in the roaster oven. Dummy me didn't think about there NOT being enough air circulation, so all my seed cups now have lovely MOLD on them! Is there any way to save them, or is it best to just start over? This time I'll either leave the lid off or at least cracked AND have a small fan blowing to prevent this.
I get that same mold in new mixes containing high amounts of sphagnum moss, That is why I like the older mix with a higher nitrogen additive like the manure.
I cook or clean boil older re-composted mixes , only way I have ever kept that from happening,
Once or twice it had taken stronger light..
And yes that stuff grows fast ... fast and faster still...
This is what I did. I emptied the cups yesterday, soaked them in Clorox water and then rinsed them out. Using pretty much the same soil mixture, I refilled the cups and replanted. This time, I lifted the lid on the roaster oven and we have the ceiling fan running in that room. I also have a small fan sitting on the table that I can use. I'm thinking of raising the lid even more. I did forget to sprinkle cinnamon on the top!! Arg! Gotta do that. I'm also going to use a spray bottle to "water" the tops tomorrow, if needed.
I also got my husband to set up the light system. We're thinking of putting up a shower curtain liner around it to make like a greenhouse. We have one shelf set up. My husband needs to get the other light fixture out of the garage and bring inside, then we need to run to Home Depot and get the light hangers for it. Then, we'll be able to have two sets of lights and do more seedlings. I still have tomatillos, peppers, and herbs to get started. He's still on the quest to start some seeds using seed blocks. We have a space heater that we put on the bottom, then we put slats on the cross pieces so the heat can permeate them.
The wind chill tonight is minus 23. It's been so cold I've been holding off trying to start seeds for Spring. I've got all those seeds and have the urge to plant something. It's all I can do to restrain myself. I'm planning a hydroponics system soon, so hopefully will start plants in Oasis or some similar medium for transplant into the Dutch buckets. Seems like everything takes so long to get started, but that's just me rarin' to go. First I have to have a cat-proof area then supplies, then...it goes on and on.
Stephanie, it looks like you are collecting old computers like I do, lol. Nice setup with the lights.
I just looked at your roaster set-up, and BINGO! The light bulb went on!!!
Is that a ceramic vessel sitting in the roaster? Like a removable crock pot? If so, you've given me the idea to start some bell pepper seeds directly down in an old crock I have, just like I suggested to you in the dmail.
I'll line the crock (or not, since I don't use it anymore), fill it with the potting soil, and sprinkle the seeds right on top. I'll leave it on the lowest setting. Not gonna use the lid at all, because I want the heat to collect under the potting mix, not in the ambient air, just yet.
Can't wait to try this!
One picture sure clears up a thousand foggy minds!
Linda, the roaster has a liner, but since Mark thinks we're going to use the roaster for cooking again (not in my plan!), I'm not going to put the dirt directly into the roaster.
Solace, those are NOT my computers! LOL Those belong to my husband and I'm trying to get him to sell most of those towers as scrap metal. I might start a side business making cat beds out of them, though! LOL
I replanted on Sunday, 1/13 and have sprouts today!! I also lowered the lid by about 2/3 and that seems to be helping, but the cups are also drying out because of the heat in the oven. I've adjusted the temp down a bit and am watering with warm water 3x a day if needed. I have a soil moisture tester I've been using. Sometimes they only need it twice a day. I also have the ceiling fan in that room going to help with air circulation.
Same with me ,I just add the dirt slowly as they grow ..
Like before because of my tendency to over water with starter plants adding the earth slowly prevents stem rot and fungus that might take down my new little friends..
congrats on the sprouting.
How much is the temperature difference from your roaster oven to the shelf you just put your seedling?
I am just asking and wondering if the poor baby seedling is going in a shock when you moved from the roaster to the light, and if that would influenced its growth and production.
I did move the roaster to one of our spare bedrooms with a ceiling fan. I also elevated the lid on the roaster with some scrap wood pieces my husband had laying around (literally!). I have seen no more mold whatsoever, but I've been watching these babies like a hawk! I do turn the ceiling fan off at night. There is a heater under the shelf to help the ones under lights. We haven't put up the plastic yet, but I had to get these babies out of the roaster and with some light so they'd not stagnate. We are going to use an old shower curtain liner (clear) or two and hang from the top of the shelving unit so they have a greenhouse like environment. The lights also generate a bit of heat, not much, but some which also helps. The hubby spread the cups out last night into 2 tins so that they'd get maximum benefit of the light. We have a total of 3 lights, but are only using 1 at the moment. I have about 6 more cups that should be ready to move to the lights either today or tomorrow.