Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Question?

I have a question - the seed starter trays that are made of thick cardboard - can you plant each little cell directly into the ground after removing the bottom part of the cardboard?

I want to use this tray. It has 50 cells for seeds but if I have to empty each cell that isn't going to work.

The rain that is coming is expected to be rough this afternoon and evening with possiblity of 4" of rain and hail and possible tornados. The threat of tornados don't scare me but the rain washing away the seedlings worries me. Am I crazy or what.

Have a great day and hopefully you are experiencing nice weather.

16 comments:

Daisy said...

Hi Becca! I don't know for sure the answer to your question so I'm not much help, I'm afraid. I always thought that you could plant them directly into the ground, but I could be wrong.

I can understand you not wanting the rain to wash away your seedlings. You've put a lot of time and work into getting them to grow!

Have a nice day! :)

Deb said...

I'm no help either...thought maybe someone would have answered you....we've had a lot of rain this year...

Darla said...

Are they the peat moss ones...if so yes, any paper really...some take a little longer to break down though. I pull mine apart, tear the bottoms and plant in the ground or container...hope this helps...it's already raining here some, more on the way and I have the some concern for my seeds and seedlings.....the woes of gardeners!

Chicken Boys said...

Yes you can put them directly in the ground. We used them for strawberries last year. The cardboard will biodegrade and the plant will continue to grow. We started strawberries before the frost ended, so we had them indoors. Then later moved them outdoors. I don't know if you have to remove the bottoms, but we did. Seems it would inhibit root growth to me.
~Randy

Roses and Lilacs said...

You can bury the individual cups but you really should make sure that the cup's rim is below the soil surface. The reason is that the peat or cardboard will wick water up from the soil and evaporate it into the air. That might cause your plant roots to dry out too fast. Sinking the whole thing below ground level will stop that evaporation process.
Marnie

Rosemary said...

Hi Becca
Yes so far the weather is good here , rain this weekend, not snow! Your garden is so far ahead and I am enjoying seeing all you are planting out.
I see you have your answer and just want to say make sure the collar is buried under the soil so no wicking occurs..

Becca's Dirt said...

Ya'll have been a tremendous help. I will be planting the seed cells and removing the bottoms.

Far Side of Fifty said...

You are all correct..plant it a little below the surface..break out the bottoms..and I would rip up the side too..what fun.. hope the rain stays gentle:)

Busy Bee Suz said...

As far as I know, YES. I would be scared of the rain as well...poor baby seeds!!!

Peggy said...

We have not had rain here for weeks, frosty nights and sunny days but the ground is really dry I had to water in strawberry plants yesterday,unheard of in the month of March!

bennie and patsy said...

(YES) Becca that will be great if you could send me some poppie seeds. Thanks,
Patsy

Marydon Ford said...

G'eve, Becca ~ YES you sure can. Use them all the time.

How are you doing? Sorry about missing you but the painting is done at home & still working on the other house ... a couple weeks of painting & decorating to go ... love it!
Hugs, Marydon

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

Stick those babies right into the ground... and the rain shouldn't bother them. Good luck!

Tom said...

Hi Becca
I can not help with your question.. but I still wanted to leave you a comment to thank you for stopping by Wiggers World as much as you do. I look forward to seeing and reading your comments.
My blog visiting is certainly not up to scratch at the moment, but I did want you to know I appreciate your time...
Tom

George said...

Thank you for your birthday wishes. Betsy and I had a wonderful time on her surprise trip for my birthday.

Randy Emmitt said...

Becca,

Yes plant them at will. I hope you have a fantastic growing season..