WHAT IS THE BEST SEED STARTING MIX. TNANK YOU JOHN

Asked March 4, 2015, 12:38 PM EST

WHAT IS THE BEST SEED STARTING MIX. TNANK YOU JOHN

Mahoning County Ohio

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There are multiple good seed starting mixes available commercially, or you can mix your own.
Most of the time you would be wanting a soil-less mix, which is lighter and cleaner than garden soil. Here is information from the Grow It Eat It portion of our website:
Growing media have three main functions- 1) supply roots with nutrients, air, and water, 2) allow for maximum root growth, and 3) physically support the plant. soilless potting media

close-up of media

Soilless potting media Close up of media texture

Purchase a soilless growing media (a.k.a growing mix, transplant mix, or potting mix). They are light and fluffy and formulated to produce uniform plant growth. They usually contain some proportion of sphagnum peat moss, perlite (small white “popcorn”), and vermiculite, and are generally free of diseases, weed seeds, and insects. These mixes are desirable because the peat moss holds water very well, yet the large pore spaces allow excess water to drain easily. Their high porosity also promotes quick and extensive root growth.

  • All vegetable seeds will germinate in a standard, all-purpose transplanting mix. It is not necessary to purchase a special (finer) seedling mix.
  • Avoid heavy, dense potting mixes that contain “forest products”.
  • Conventional mixes have lime and chemical fertilizer added; organic mixes use organic fertilizers and often contain compost. Some organic mixes are substituting coir and rice hulls for peat and perlite.
  • Don’t try to save money by using garden soil. It is too dense for the job and contains weed seeds and possibly pathogens.
Link to more info: http://extension.umd.edu/growit/food-gardening-101/containers-and-growing-medium

You didn't say what you were planning to grow,but here is a publication about the timing of planting vegetable crops in the mid-Atlantic area. Maryland is mostly zone 6-7. Adjust your timing for Ohio, or contact your local extension office for advice.http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/not_updated/GE007_Ve...

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