Seeding / germination soil

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Seeding / germination soil
« on: February 09, 2020, 09:06 »
Hi

I have a variety of seed this year to start off indoor in my utility room.

I know different seeds needs slightly different soils PHs, but is there a good soil to use as a base.
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Re: Seeding / germination soil
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2020, 12:10 »
I avoid anything soil-based as it seems to go cold so the seeds rot. I prefer Jack's Magic (others may disagree or not) because you just put your pot or whatever into a tray with some water in it, wait until the surface starts to go dark, lift it out, get a big cardboard box and push three of the flaps down inside, line the bottom and sides with aluminium foil, lift the other flap and do the same with that then put it in your utility room with the foiled flap facing the window. The foil will stop the cardboard from getting wet and the flap with the foil will reflect the light onto your new seedlings so they don't get drawn to the light and get leggy. Once they've germinated nicely put them in a tray on a window sill or whatever, but make sure you still have some foil at the back of the tray.
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Re: Seeding / germination soil
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 13:04 »
I have just taken reading from the room, and its around 20c, as the boiler is in their, i have a shelving system ready with trays, just wanted to make sure this soil would still be ok to use

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Re: Seeding / germination soil
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2020, 13:42 »
I too would not use soil for germinating seedlings.  It's not sterile, which can cause damping off or other fungal etc. diseases to affect your seedlings.
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Re: Seeding / germination soil
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2020, 17:53 »
What would you recommend ?

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Re: Seeding / germination soil
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2020, 18:13 »
When you say soil are you meaning soil from the garden ? As others have said this is not good for seed sowing. What you need is proper seed sowing or multi-purpose compost from the garden centre or stores like Wilco's.
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Re: Seeding / germination soil
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2020, 18:39 »
Wilko or westlands seeding ?

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Re: Seeding / germination soil
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2020, 11:54 »
Whichever suits your pocket(I'm a Scot).

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Re: Seeding / germination soil
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2020, 12:37 »
People say don't use garden soil. I can see their points, but how on earth to people manage to sow direct outside if it is such a bad idea?

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Re: Seeding / germination soil
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2020, 15:59 »
Sowing indoors gives you more control over temperature and moisture, but less over humidity, which can lead to damping off.
Using sterilised compost keeps the balance tipped in your favour by ensuring you're not importing the pathogens which cause it.

Outdoor conditions are usually far less humid on average, so seedlings have a reasonable chance of avoiding the problem despite the likely presence of pathogens in the soil.
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