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Sunday, October 29, 2017

 

Container garden [mold again]

I mentioned that I threw away the 4 1/2" pot that had mold growing in the seed starting episode. I took a washed out soup can and started some more bunching onions in seed starting mix I had sifted from the potting mix and added vermiculite plus a pinch of bone meal. Water soaked that down and planted my seeds. That was a couple days ago. I go out this morning and it looks like mold growing again. Where the he!! did that come from. I thought for awhile and was thinking it comes from the water. I have two cups generally in the back room when I chew. One coffee and one water drinking from both. I figure I must be contaminating the water with the coffee when I drink from it. Coffee, sugar and milk tainting the water which is causing the mold to grow. I have been using the water cup to water the seed starting mix with.Thumbs Down

Looks like I will trash that can of seeds started and start over using fresh tap water this time.

All the stuff growing on the patio deck garden are still alive. Until cold weather knocks out the summer crops with the nip in the air. The tomatoes grew up but did not leaf out too well or flower. Squash are stunted in growth from cool weather.


Comments:
I've seen seed being sprouted using a clean coffee filter and zip bag. Also it's suggested that a small amount of regular peroxide be added to the water wetting the coffee filter to prevent mold. I do not remember the dilution ration of peroxide to water but do remember it was somewhere around 10% peroxide if that much.

I used to grow orchids as a hobby and remember having to be very careful regarding fungus. It was suggested in something I read to take long fibered sphsgnum moss and soak it in a light bleach solution for a few minutes making absolutely sure you rinsed all the bleach out of it. It then can be used to wrap mold sensitive plant roots in before planting.   

You may want to start your seedlings in regular ground sphagnum which you've done the above then the bleach out completely. That screen you bought would be a good way to final drain it. Just a suggestion.
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