On this week’s episode, the guys talk about growing vegetable transplants. They cover everything from the best seed starting mix, the best seed starting trays, how to seed the trays, how to fertilize once the seeds germinate and more! They discuss several different methods for growing transplants including soil blocks, cheap, flimsy seed trays, and quality seed trays that last a lifetime. They debut the new Premium Seed Starting Kits for fall. These kits allow you to grow over 300 plants in one complete kit. Travis also explains why organic fertilizers don’t work well on vegetable transplants because it takes too long to convert the organic sources to a usable form of nitrogen. As a result they recommend using a conventional fertilizer like 20-20-20 to get fast results and keep plants happy.
On the Show & Tell segment this week, they show a tray of zinnia transplants that are ready to be planted in their demonstration garden at the Sunbelt Ag Expo. They talk about how the root ball has developed nicely around the Pro-Mix seed starting mix.
On the Q&A segment, they answer questions about cover crop planting frequency and the most problematic weeds in their gardens. Greg mentions that cover crops should always be cut and incorporated into the soil before going to seed. Therefore if spring crops are finished, you would need to plant a summer cover crop and follow that with a cool season cover crop in the fall. Travis suggests growing buckwheat or millet during the summer, mowing that and incorporating it into the soil, then planting some crimson clover in the fall. Greg mentions that his most problematic weeds include pigweed, nutgrass and crabgrass. Travis has a sample of some purslane from his garden and he explains that this weed is problematic for him because it doesn’t dry and die as easily as other weeds.