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1/6/14 9:42 A

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I will try this mixture his year

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1/1/14 11:46 P

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I love using my worm castings! I have been building soil for my garden boxes and get a lot of volunteer tomatoes from them.

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12/31/13 4:14 P

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I usually start my seeds with a seed starting mixed topped with a light layer of peat moss. Once the seeds have mostly sprouted, I add a little compost tea to the water for its nutrients. I trans plant after 1st true leaves are fully opened adding some compost/worm castings (depending on availability) to the potting soil. For lights, I use one cool and one warm florescent bulb in each fixture, gives fuller light spectrum. I haven't tried the heat mats.

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12/31/13 12:52 P

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Thanks SHARJOPAUL, that's exactly what I've done. I put the castings in ziplock bags with holes punched in the top for air. We're checking daily. emoticon

I also like the idea of the peat moss layered on top of the seed trays. I may give that a try too. Although I haven't had a huge problem with damping off, it does happen. I'm curious about how YOU start your seeds now...

The year I had the biggest, healthiest seedlings I used the Square Foot Gardening method for seed starting including vermiculite for the original sprouting. I moved them when the first set of true leaves started to appear. The following year I read to wait until two sets of true leaves appear and so I did that. MISTAKE. They were starved for nutrients and by the time I moved them they were stunted and didn't do well. Following years I planted seeds directly into the seed starting soil and have had some success - but not 100%. I think I'm going to go back to the vermiculite (Square Foot Gardening) method and move them sooner rather than later. (BTW, I have flourescent lights (and heating mats, when required) that I use for this purpose.)

What do you do and how well does it work?

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12/31/13 10:53 A

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This is interesting; I'm learning something.

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If you think there may still be some worms in your castings, keep them moist so the worms survive and remove them back to your main container as you find them.
You could mix the castings with your regular seed starting mix, that would give your seedlings some extra nutrition once the start growing. I always top off the trays with a little peat moss when I'm planting the seeds, it helps prevent damping off of the seedlings.

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12/30/13 2:53 P

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I've just harvested a good amount of worm castings and it's too cold to dig into the soil right now. I am hoping to use them for seed starting, but that's a few weeks down the road.

1.) How should I store the castings that I have? (it's possible that there are still some little bitty guys in there so I want to be friendly to them)
2.) Would you use worm castings for seed starts? Mixed with what? I have used many methods for my seed starts with varying success each year. I really want to take advantage of this resource!

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