Common household remedies request
OK, my seeds arrived today! Now I have to figure out how to start them. This is my plan:
For the third year, I'll use the milk jug winter sowing method for tomatoes, squash, and cukes. And this year, cantaloupes.
1. Tomatoes: Moskvich (60), Valencia (76), Brandywine (78). These did well in the milk jugs last year, but suffered from cold shock when I transplanted them, after foolishly measuring soil temperature from the top of a squash mound. This year, I'm going to put paper (rottable) mulch around seedlings when they go in the soil, which should raise soil temp 8° or so.
2. Winter squash: From my own saved seeds. These too did well in the milk jugs.
3. Cukes Tasty Jade (54). These did well in the milk jugs.
4. Cantaloupe Honey Pearl (74), Sarah's Choice (76). I figure cantaloupes are just like cukes, being, duh, cucurbitalesso should also do well in the milk jugs. Last year I was told my cantaloupes were "the best fucking cantaloupes I've ever tasted." Seafood compost, sheet mulch, sunny spot!
I'll sow directly into the soil:
1. Carrots Mokum (54), Nectar (72). I tried carrots in milk jugs last year, and ended up with root balls. Ick. However, this year I'm trying pelletized Mokums because the catalog says you don't need to thin them. Thinning is work, and it seems wasteful to rip plants up by the roots. I hate thinning.
And now the seeds I don't know what to do with. There are three options: (1) Milk jugs and (2) direct seeding, as above, and (3) flats indoors. (I can't use flats in my area, because the wood stove causes the temperatures to fluctuate wildly, but I can move them to a friend's more conventionally heated house).
So, readers, milk jugs, direct seeding, or flats?
1. Green beans Northeaster (56), Gita (78).
2. Eggplant Orient Express (58).
3. Snow Peas Snow Sweet (60).
4. Daikon Miyashige (50), Alpine (hybrid, 55).
My inclination is to put the eggplant into jugs, because they are of the nightshade family, like tomatoes, and the beans and peas, too, because -- and I think this is irrational thinking, frankly, like homeopathy -- they have shells and so are tougher. Then I would put the daikon into flats.