Hello again from the Cabin Garden! In the last Cabin Garden post we stated our intentions to plant our own seedlings this year. This post will review the seedling equipment utilized. You could get by without the items I have listed however, these items make the job just a bit easier.
1) Space to handle the project: A must! This project takes up room.
2) A pan with no holes in the bottom: Base will hold the seedlings and water. Be sure there are no leaks.
3) Seedling trays: Four sizes available depending upon soil options.
4) Watering tool: A sprinkler can that has spray and pour options.
5) Soil for seedlings: Commercial soil for seedlings or “jiffy” pellets.
6) Heat pads: 20 X 20 pads or larger to heat up the jiffy pellets and seedlings as they germinate.
7) Planting tools: Scissors, Tape, Tweezer, Jiffy Pellet, Measuring Cup, Indelible Pen, Label and Tooth Pick.
Tools for seed placement: Measuring cup holds seeds and helps carefully drop seeds into Jiffy pellet..Tweezer picks up seeds and helps "brush" seeds out of cup..Tape to reseal seed packets..Indelible Pen to write on label..Label to identify what you have planted !!! Tooth pick..holds the label in Jiffy Pellet & Scissors for just about everything you might want to cut!!
8) Artificial lighting: Some type of lighting instrument. Do not depend upon the sun unless you have a green house or outdoors area with controlled temperatures.
9) Shelving: Holds plant once they no longer need the artificial lighting.
After doing this project on several different scales, I chose equipment based on making the process easier to manage. In the next post I will go over the process of planting the seedlings and caring for them into their germination stage.
The Fun Begins!!