Mass Planting

I mentioned yesterday that I use the dense planting method when starting seeds.  Thought some of you might like to see what that looks like.

This is a standard size nursery flat of tomatoes mass planted into six-cell packs:

masstoms

 

Separating them is easy as they’re pretty tough little critters.  Just smush the soil and pull them apart, replanting into individual cells.  Easy peasy.  Saves a heck of a lot of potential dead space upfront.

4 Responses to “Mass Planting”

  1. Ilene March 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    OMG! And they don’t crowd each other out?? How big is that greenhouse and when will it be ready to start using?

    BTW, I showed Hubs the pictures of the greenhouse and he’s curious about the dimensions.

    • Diane March 25, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

      Nope, they do just fine. Once they get their first true leaves, you separate them so they’d don’t actually spend too much time crowded in like that.

      The greenhouse is 10′ x 16′. Steve says he’ll have it ready for plants by Thursday morning. (He’ll have to go back in to put in a window a couple of weeks down the road.) I’ll get you some dimensions (height to hip boards, center ridge, etc) in a couple of days and post them with the finished pics.

  2. Robin March 26, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    That flat of green is the most beautiful thing! I checked our starts the other day and they’re starting. That is all. I think they know it’s just too cold to do much. Got down to about 11 degrees here last night – way colder than usual for the season. I keep telling myself it won’t last forever, it won’t last forever, it won’t last forever….

    • Diane March 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

      This stupid winter is about to kill me. So help me, this had better be a veeeeery nice spring, summer, and fall to make up for it!

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