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Thinking outside the box...but starting seeds in a box. Challenge-16

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After pondering for a couple of days it was time to give something a try I have had on my mind.
For us it is far from seed planting time but in good spirit of the challenge hey why not just for fun.
First off I built a box from scrap styrofoam board. An auxiliary light not being used serves as a perfect light source using a 100 watt cfl bulb. (The curly type)
Then I used a piece of 100% cotton cord and inserted a yellow bell pepper seed, green bell pepper seed and a yellow pear tomato seed inside with a small speck of tue seed showing.
It may not work out as planned but my thoughts were the water would wick up the cord and germinate the seeds for a sprouting good time. Then when it comes time to plant just lay the string in a trench and cover with soil.
All the light is on an 18 hr timer and a thermometer is in place to monitor the inside temp.

-- JTC



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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2602 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 590 days ago

oh that’s interesting!!
How convenient that would be to just have to deal with a little piece of string! very creative

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Dez

19 posts in 1423 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 590 days ago

I hope no one gets touchy about this reply just because of the mentioned plants. Cool idea Jim, I’ve seen similar ideas and wish you luck with this one!
1st) I love the stuff here, all the ideas and experiments and successes!
2nd) There is a ton of information both good and bad on the internet.
3rd) Although I don’t grow Marijuana – those folks have done so much research on this and other indoor growing topics that it would be downright silly to ignore it.
Plants are plants and need very similar environments so why not use it to enhance your indoor garden.
Do a google search about the subject and you will find lots of great, proven information on indoor Marijuana grows that can be directly applied to any indoor garden.
They cover everything from seed starting and cutting propagation to lighting and sustained growing. Try it out, I promise you’ll find tested and useful information and won’t have to deal with as much spent time and experimentation as I have over the years.
Again I apologize if I upset anyone!

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 590 days ago

Dez…I have no idea if this will even work. I thought if it was a way to start seeds like carrots this way as they would slip into the cord easily.
For some in our state it is legal to grow Marijuana. I used many of their hydroponic growers and they do very well for veggies. It’s just to costly for me.
Although it lends tuns of info on how untreated water with chlorine harms plants.
I have learned to filter the water used that is not collected from rain collection.
I’m not really expecting much from this but hey its fun to try anyway.

-- JTC

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justjoel

1062 posts in 1982 days
hardiness zone 7a

posted 590 days ago

Very interesting, Jim – we’ll be watching to see how this does, I’m sure. I’m also sure you were the kid that took his home chemistry set, threw away the instructions and suggested experiments, and came up with your own.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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OttoH

140 posts in 1641 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 590 days ago

Interesting idea Jim, I find the comment about using filtered water rather interesting, never really thought about it before. Do you use a normal drinking water filter or do you take it a step further?

-- My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Ale

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 590 days ago

Removing the contaminates from the water is key to healthy gardening. I use a carbon and particulate type filter made just for that job. They can be found at the big box stores for around $50.

-- JTC

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 589 days ago

After the first night in the house, well lets say it needs to be light tight and also needs a lower air vent to allow fresh air to flow in as hot air escapes around the light hood.
That being said it was time to cover the exterior with foil. First a hole was cut low to allow for airflow then I covered it and made a light deflector for the vent.

The temp stays around 75ish but it seems our dry desert climate still needs help. After filling a plastic bowl with water I used a ceramic kiln post to allow for more area of moisture to be released into the warm air.

Again this is just for kicks.
;-)

-- JTC

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2602 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 589 days ago

“just for kicks”
well, I’m getting a kick out of watching the progress!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 588 days ago

Its been two days and I can see the seeds getting plump.
Waiting ….it’s the hardest part!
:-)

-- JTC

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Dez

19 posts in 1423 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 588 days ago

WooHoo!

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2602 days
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posted 588 days ago

this is exciting!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 583 days ago

Still nothing!!!
I believe its from the seeds being to cold in the string. As the water is wicked up it seems to be cooling and slowing germination.
I feel that the way I usually start seeds with my heat mat and dome covered trays is best.
This is after two days


-- JTC

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1865 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 583 days ago

A very interesting experiment! You already have everything all set up so if you think the problem was that the air wasn’t warm enough to sprout the tomato and pepper seeds, try sprouting some seeds of the brassica family: broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts etc. Perhaps a cool-weather seed will sprout better?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Jimthecarver

111 posts in 1127 days
hardiness zone 8b

posted 580 days ago

Well after ten days I am beginning to think this is an official “Belly Flop”
It has been a fun test, all of the seeds that were started on the heat mat and domes are now all up and looking great.
So I don’t believe this will the way to produce good plants.
But…..this little unit is going to be used in an up coming project.

-- JTC

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2602 days
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posted 579 days ago

what a fascinating journey of discovery … and I look forward to seeing the upcoming project. Glad to see that the set-up has an alternative purpose.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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