A Unique Seed Starting Method

Billyoscar(5 - 6)December 27, 2013

Because of the stroke I had last February, I became a bit handicapped but fortunately with no mental disabilities. In fact, when my brain re-wired itself around the dead cell, I had to think outside the box. I invented a different method of germinating seeds from what I had formally been doing in the past, as it was too labor intensive. I had to find a more simple and easy way of accomplishing this goal. The following essay is the result:
I have discovered a cheap, simple method of starting flower and vegetable seeds for the home garden. It utilizes the principle of capillary action and a moist newspaper mat. To construct such a device, the following items will be required:

  1. A roller paint tray obtained from the paint department of a box store.
    2. A 5-foot length of 1 and a quarter inch PVC pipe obtained from the plumbing department of the same store. This needs to be cut into 25 2-inch cylinders and then filled with a good seed starting mix.
    3. A 6-inch piece of I-inch PVC pipe to be used as a plant ejector.
    4. A half dozen sheets of newspaper.
    Lay the newspaper on the sloping part of the paint tray with several inches immersed in the paint holding well. Fill this well with water and watch as the newspaper mat slowly becomes saturated as it draws up water. Plant a few seeds in each mix-filled cylinder and tamp lightly so the bottom of the mix is in contact with the wet newspaper. It will soon start drawing up moisture via capillary action and become damp. Keep adding water to the well as needed.
    Using short pieces of an old venation blind and a lead pencil, identify each cylinder with name and date of planting.
    In a week or two, the seeds will germinate and green leaves will appear. When about 2 or 3 inches tall and ready to transplant to a larger container or the garden, use the 1" ejection tool. Place this over the green leaves of the sprouted seedling. It will telescope nicely into the 1 and a quarter inch planting cylinder. Pull up on the planted cylinder and the seedling will be bottom ejected without disturbing the roots. Add fresh planting mix around the new, larger container and place in a bright-lighted window for further development.
    I would like to see this method displayed in ever classroom in the country so the kids can learn how and where their food is produced. They should be encouraged to grow their own gardens at home. If home is in an apartment, they can use a container of some sort such as a 5-gallon bucket filled with a potting mix. In the future, when purchased food becomes more expensive, families will find it more advantages to produce some of their own food at home in order to enjoy a healthy life style.
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Good for you ! For making a negative a positive ! Here's to good health !

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 7:54PM
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msmorningsong(SW FL 10A)

Very creative! And as Deeby says, so glad to hear you're well.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 3:42AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Sounds like a good idea in principle but honestly I could not quite understand the connection between the SLOPED PAINT TRAY, and the PVC pipe pieces. Here is the part you said :


You can put the mix-filled tubes in any container, with water or moist newspaper at the bottom.

I like the idea of using 1 1/4" PVC pieces as starter cells. They can last for ever, year after year .

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 7:46AM
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Pictures would be helpful. I get the idea, but not completely

    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 12:29PM
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Billyoscar(5 - 6)

Your statement is true but the reason for placing on the sloped part is: plant roots need oxygen just as we do. By placing cells in water, the root area soon becomes saturated depriving the roots of the needed oxygen. With this method moisture is drawn up as needed along with the oxygen through capillary action. You might research capillary action in google for a better explanation.
I hope I have made myself clear. Thank you for asking.
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    Bookmark   December 28, 2013 at 5:22PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

seems much more labor intensive than seeds and wet paper towels

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 5:17AM
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Billyoscar(5 - 6)

With the "seeds and wet towel" method, you still have to transplant from one container to the next.
With my system, you only do it once or finally into the garden.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 1:06PM
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