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    "sfagnum peat moss"? Sounds exotic. Where do I purchase it?

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    What has to be said about soil should have already been said, just don't use anything with fertilizer in it. If you are unsure about the water then you could boil a kettlefull away and see if there is any white stuff left at the bottom. If there is a lot then I suggest you buy bottled or rain water. Or you could test it using a TDS meter, anything below 100ppm is fine.

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    i've made impulse buys in the winter time when my pre-mixed soil was frozen. i just pop in in the microwave.

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    I think that was a phonetic spelling for sphagnum.

    The premixed soil is in a garbage can and it is frozen solid by me. Oh how I tried to hack at it with a shovel but it didn't budge. We also have a sandbox filled with great sand that could be rinsed but that's frozen solid and would need an ice pick too. Another month or so for us and I'm thinking we should be able to get at our bins of soil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JustLikeAPill @ Mar. 06 2005,2:45)]i've made impulse buys in the winter time when my pre-mixed soil was frozen. i just pop in in the microwave.
    Ah yes, "thawing soil in microwave" is another one of those things to add to the list of "what makes you a cper"...

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    Canadian Sphagnum peat moss can be purchased at any greenhouse or Home Depot. I've seen the 'Schulz' brand at Walmart; probably the best. It will say peat moss on the bag, but read to make sure it's Sphagnum, and Canadian seems to be the most acidic.

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    Thank you for advice very much.

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    What do you do with the seeds after you put them in that mixture of sand and peat?Do you have to put it in a bag and under a light?Or just put it iunder a light without the bag?I'm getting the sand and peat today and putting my seeds ontop but I don't know what to do after that,lol.Thanks for your help [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] *Trapper7*(Niki)
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    This is what I do but best to ask for advice from those who have been at this longer than me. We create a little pocket in the corner of our seed tray. This way we can keep the medium moist without disturbing the seeds when we add water. The seed tray is placed on heating pads that are set to low. The soil temps seem to stay right around 80-83F this way but we had one heating pad that got a tad too hot so we placed dish towels on top of it until the soil temps were back down around 80. After that, an elcheapo goose neck lighting fixture with a decent bulb on a timer set to 15 hours a day directed at the tray.

    We have other trays that have holes drilled in the bottom that have seeds in them. This actually works better in my opinion because you can set the tray right down into a larger tray and it sort of self waters from the bottom up. Less chances of the seed ever drying out this way. If I had my choice, I'd do all seed this way.

    We have nice humidity in the growing area so we are not currently placing saran wrap over the tops of the seed trays.

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