Potting Seedlings for Food Abundance.

You don't have to be perfect. You just have to make imperfect progress and keep improving. In the real world, it's ok to have failures. You didn't fail. You succeeded at finding a way that didn't work for you.

Failure is a test result.

There are many answers. Some better than others, and some better for certain circumstances.

In case you don't trust the Back-to-Eden method, for some reason, or want a back-up, or want to try to give (some of) your plants a head start against pests and predators, or if you only have a few very rare, special, or expensive seeds and need to make sure they grow, for very old seeds with low germination rates, a tiny apartment or for certain other situations like being scientific, then potting new sprouts might make more sense for you than direct seeding.

Specialized garden pots cost more, so I use plastic cups instead.

Because good is good enough.

Quickly adding drainage holes to turn cups into planters.

Planting a variety of plants at the same time, but keeping like kinds together in rows.

Protecting the pots from seed-eating birds, squirrels to improve our effective germination rate..
I've now re-used that hardware cloth on many projects.

Note: If the edges of this hardware cloth are bent and folded over, it creates a strong enough outer frame for screening woodchips without using a wooden frame. Shape matters.

If planting in late summer, the time to maturity is longer. Add 14 days.

The History of the World's Oldest Cultivated Cabbage

History of kale, the world's oldest cultivate cabbage variety, perfect for mid-summer planting because it's frost-resistant and gets better as it gets colder.

On the history of the frost-tolerant Dwarf Siberian Kale, which matures in about 79 days (about 3 months) when planted in late summer. Best planted in July or August in zones 5 through 8, when carefully mulched.


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