This article describes the basic steps of seed-starting in hydroponic systems and introduces some of the primary environmental variables that affect plant health and productivity in hydroponic systems.
Soil-blocking is an ingenious seed-starting method that allows the grower to produce vigorous seedlings with roots that quickly reestablish growth upon transplanting. Soil-blocking further eliminates the expense, waste, and storage issues associated with plastic pots. Read Eliot Coleman's account of how he came to develop and perfect this system for the small commercial grower.
Learn how to start professional-quality seedlings using the 3 key indoor seed-starting methods used at Johnny’s Research Farm. This article covers the key seed-starting tools, supplies, and techniques we use for starting seedlings in our greenhouses, including advantages and drawbacks of each type of system: 1) Trays & Cell Flats; 2) Biodegradable Pots; and 3) Soil Blocks created with Soil-Block Makers, developed in partnership with Johnny's Tools Advisor, Eliot Coleman.
Starting your own seeds is a great way to extend the growing season, grow a wider selection of varieties, and save money. Here are some guidelines and troubleshooting advice for growers who are starting seeds indoors, from the Research & Trialing team at Johnny's.
Johnny's Tools Product Manager Jen Goff demonstrates how to quickly and efficiently seed your Paperchain Pots/Trays.
A demonstration on the Paperpot Transplanter: how the plow opens the furrow, the sweeps are set for correct angle and depth, the honeycomb pots are fed down the chute, then tamped down into their new beds by the press wheels.
Johnny's Tools & Supplies Trialing Technician Jen Goff offers a quick demo of the Plug Popper, a device that allows you to save time while transplanting by loosening all the plugs in an entire flat in seconds. We can't imagine how we'd ever manage without one!
Learn how to use the Precision Vacuum Seeder with Jen Goff, Johnny's Tools & Supplies Product Manager. Watch this 4-minute video to learn all you need to know to get started with this labor and money-saving tool.
While we actively seek a replacement design for the Hatfield Transplanter, an item we carried for many years in the past, take a look at this video demonstrating the ergonomic and efficiency gain possible a standing transplanter design.
Join 4-season grower Niki Jabbour for a tutorial on hardening off, with simple day-by-day steps for hardening off tender seedlings before transplanting to your outdoor garden.
Get an early start to your growing season with Johnny's soil-block makers. You can easily make your own seed-starting blocks with our soil-block-making tools and a bag of germination soil mix. Soil-blocked seedlings reestablish themselves more quickly, with less transplant shock. Soil blocks also eliminate the expense, waste, and storage issues of plastic pots, and their negative impact on the environment.
Watch a summary on the key advantages of using pelleted seeds: decrease seed waste and time spent thinning, easier to see, handle, and less likely to jam in mechanical seeders.