Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Growing with Peat Pellets

Peat Pellets are Awesome!  These small discs are self-contained seed-starters.  They are virtually Mess-Free!  I really like mess free.  I know I've posted a few times this year about using peat pellets and yes, I sell them at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  However, that's not really why I get so excited about Peat Pellets.
Dry Peat Pellets
Anything that makes growing your own veggies, herbs or flowers just a tab bit easier makes me happy!

Just add water and they Grow!

Place peat pellet(s) in a tray or bowl and add water.  Warm water will stimulate growth a bit faster.  If the pellets soak up all of the water, add a bit more just to be sure they are finished growing.  Drain excess water.  This should take about 5 minutes or less.

Make a “hole” for the seeds.  Place seed in the “hole” and cover with peat soil.  Keep Pellet moist but not sitting in water.  Keep in a warm place such as a windowsill, patio table or under lights.

Several seed varieties such as Chamomile, Yarrow and Sage should be sown on the surface of the soil.  Simply pull back or cut the mesh covering off the top of the peat pellet and sprinkle the seeds on the surface.
Baby Basil growing in peat pellets
Purple Bell Peppers
If you're having trouble germinating seeds there are several factors to consider.  
-Not enough or too much water, not enough light or heat and (most important) SOIL.  
I have had better success germinating in Peat Pellets than I did using a seed-starter mix and with peat pellets I don't make such a mess.
Swiss Chard in peat pellets
When the seedling's roots start to push through the mesh, it's time to transplant.  Peat Pellets can be placed directly into the ground or a container.
Marigolds in peat pellets
In the beginning, I wasn't sure about removing the fine mesh surrounding the soil.  Disturbing the roots of a fragile seedling can kill the plant.  However, I've started removing the mesh before transplanting and I haven't lost a seedling yet!  The mesh does not have to be removed.  It is biodegradable.
Zinnia in Peat Pellets
Peat Pellets are GREAT for beginner gardeners and a welcome blessing of mess-free bliss for experienced gardeners!

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1 comment:

Maria said...

Indeed, the technology of peat pellets is very quick and useful in seeding! Cannot but agree with the author! Nice post, by the way!