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Preparing for seed starting
Posted on Feb 5, 2013 10:48 AM

We are at 15 weeks before average last frost (May 25 for Calgary).  The days are getting longer too.  Today Feb 5th: 9.5 hours

Here's some data for planning seed starting in Calgary

Last week Feb: 12 weeks before last frost
Mid March: 10 weeks before last frost
Last week Mar: 8 weeks before last frost
Mid Apr: 5 weeks before last frost
Last week Apr: 4 weeks before last frost
Mother's Day: 2 weeks before last frost

#Daylight Hours:
Feb 21: 10hr 25 min
Mar 20: 12 hr (equinox)
Apr 21: 14hr 13min
May 21: 15hr 51min
Jun 21: 16hr 34min (longest day)

Full Moon:
Feb 25, Mar 27, Apr 25, May 25, Jun 23

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Jan 27 Display Boards
Posted on Jan 27, 2013 3:30 PM

Displays for Seed Starting Workshops









Breaking Dormancy





Care tips2013-01-27/Joannabanana/ee6119

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Jan 23, What's Up
Posted on Jan 23, 2013 5:07 PM

I sowed some 10-Week Stock on Sunday and they are several sprouts today.  Good news since the seed package had 2010 expire date.  I love having early blooms in the greenhouse andStock is one of the most fragrant.  

I'm working on 3 display boards for a few seed starting presentations Feb 1st week end.  Iwill post pictures of the boards here



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What's Up Jan 17
Posted on Jan 17, 2013 11:50 AM

It's amazing what happens during the night hours.  I find that is when the top growth happens.

The Sweet Peas that I pre-sprouted in a damp paper towel/plastic bag have popped up today.  I had sown them quite deep about 1" in paper cups on Jan 11

Other new appearances:

Stipa Ponytail grass, sowed Jan 11.  Bottom heat last 2 days

Dwarf Marine Heliotrope, sown Jan 11 with bottom heat 

Foxglove -Digitalis Camelot Mix, sown Jan 11 with bottom heat

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What's Up Jan 16
Posted on Jan 16, 2013 12:11 PM

Lights set on timer for 16 hours per day

Jan 6 nicked and damp towel2013-01-16/Joannabanana/d97d57 in room temp 3qty  sugar & spice sweet peas.  Sprouted & sowed Jan 11.


Jan 6 sowed Outback Mix Pansies.  Room temp for 3 days. Bottom heat 3 days.  Then room temp 3 days. Germinated 90% Jan 15.  Eight days to germinate. sowed one per cell


Jan 11 sowed Alyssum Carpet of Snow. Bottom heat. Germinated Jan 13. excellent Germ% with expiredseeds.  May have to thin. 3 days to germinate


Variety                           Sow Date     Germ Date
German Statice Jan 11 Jan 14 heat
Sunworowii Statice Jan 11 Jan 15 heat
Coleus Seutellarioides Jan 11 Jan 15 heat
Thymophilla Shooting Star Jan 11 Jan 15 heat
Dianthus Raspberry Ripple Jan 11 Jan 16 heat
Pennisetum Purple Majesty Jan 11 Jan 15 
Sunflower Choco Sun Jan 11 Jan 14 heat
Hibiscus Red Shield Jan 11 Jan 15 heat
Dracocephalum Blue Dragon Jan 11 Jan 16 heat

*Hope to get blooms on the Dwarf (10"-12" Height) Sunflower Choco Sun by April 12.


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