Starting Herbs from seed & patience when Growing Them - The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener

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welcome to Wisconsin vegetable gardener

I'm joy Baird we're starting herbs today

from seed and this can be challenging in

some realms but it's pretty easy if you

just fall if you just make it simple if

you just keep it simple now some of

these you need to gauge on when your

last average frost state is in your area

and find that by going to your favorite

search engine typing in last average

frost 8 insert your zip code others will

take a long time to germinate and what I

mean long some can take up to 28 days to

germinate if the conditions are all

perfect some it may be a little longer

maybe a little shorter so this is one of

those plants that you have to have

extreme patience with just because you

don't see them sprouting in four days

like you might see with leaf lettuce

that doesn't mean the seed is not viable

or it doesn't mean the seeds not going

to germinate have to have plenty of

patience here so you can do this in a

variety of different ways we're using

styrofoam cups you can poke holes in the

bottom and this is simply because we had

these left over this wasn't a purchase

that we made specifically for this job

you can use plastic party cups big party

cups you can use old planting pots small

planting pots you want to keep it to a

minimum you just want to pack them

because you're going to break them apart

so you don't want to pack them solid so

keep that in mind and these will be

transferred out into root maker trays

once they get established in that aspect

so let me get a couple more than these

here we're going to do lavender it can

take seven to forty seven to 21 days

probably sometimes in some instances a

little longer

so we've just wrote on the side here

with the the nice thing about styrofoam

we use them right on the side and these

are both lavender we're going to do a

double batch some people have great

challenges with lavender and and we have

as well so we're going to learn as we go

here how we can better get the lavender

grow and to utilize it it'll take about

85 days to reach maturity so we want to

do what we can to get it growing and the

seeds here very very small

and I'm just going to do a pinch in each

cup and some over here and the rest

right there okay

then I'm just going to take a dusting of

the Kellogg Garden product lateral

potting mix here we've got the natural

potting mix and we're just going to dust

over top of them again if you get a

little bit more on that it's not a big


all of our seeds are coming from a my

gardener they have a whole line of herbs

that are really good for a lot of

aspects in cooking and sometimes based

on what your use is potentially for

medicinal Ortiz so keep that in mind so

let we got the lavender done let's do

let's just do basil here mammoth basil

take 14 28 days so it's a very long

that's how long can potentially take to

germinate so we're gonna get some more

potting mix here when you're using any

type of device to plant in put your

potting mix in press it down so there's

no air pockets so everything can grow

good now the if you did poke holes in

the bottom of these cups you could

bottom water we're going to gently miss

the the top with water this potting mix

has already got a moisture consistency

to it but we do want to keep the soil

moist moist damp not soggy wet because

that will impede the germination of a

lot of seeds if they just set in very

soggy water they're not going to grow

so that's a good amount of seeds there

we're just going to sprinkle them

throughout there and then take some more

potting soil and just dust on top press

down make sure it's good seed soil

contact again we're using all of our

seed starting mix is Kellogg all-natural

potting mix it's originally made

it's got slow right it's got fertilizer

in it it's got horticultural grade

perlite in it that sells a little white

particles that are actually allow

moisture retention as well as aeration

so the soil doesn't get packed in cells

or containers or pots it's also got aged

wood fines and as well and based on

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date as currently and as they get more

and more the product in so we're going

to do two lemongrass plantings here this

is Holly's favorite herb here we make a

lot of teas with it so we dehydrate it

and then you can steep it and make teas

this will take seven to 14 days and it

grows kind of like it grows like a grass

and it has a very fragrant lemon aroma

to it while it's growing as well and

these seeds are a little different than

what we have been working with and I'll

show you why they are almost yeah they

have the appearance like a fescue seed

or a a grass seed because it's a lemon

grass so so you can see how they look

now I should put some potting mix in

here press it down and then just I'm

going to oversee this heavily because I

do want a lot of lemongrass and again

when these germinate and they get some

growth on them then we will move them

from these little homes because they're

going to get root down if you just leave

them here for the next couple of weeks

they're going to bind up and actually

restrict and stress because they have

nowhere else to grow so again it's about

right there

and this is the basics of how you're

gonna plant your herbs again the only

variable is the device in which you

plant them you can do the little nine or

six pack sales you can do the cups like

this anything that works it again keep

in mind of your time too that you want

to get them outside and the time that

it's safe to get them outside and the

length that it takes to germinate so

you're not setting they're going well

they're not going to grow they're not

going to grow when you pour them out and

you start over and it's the same

procedure over and over again we've got

some lemon basil that we're going to

plant we have rosemary this is another

28 potentially up to 28 day germination

period we've got some sage some Russian

tarragon as well as some dark Opa Opa

basal there so and this is just some of

many in which you can grow so once we

get these planted then we got to talk

about light and there's several

different ways you can supplement light

to your herbs and we'll talk about that

once I get these planted all right

before we talk about grow light setup or

light setup one thing you can do to help

increase the percentage of germination

on and success rate of your

Erbs is put cinnamon a dusting of

cinnamon on top of the soil and what

that's going to do is two things one

it's going to help if you have fungal

gnats that's going to repel the fungal


cinnamon has an antifungal property in

fungal gnats eat the fungus microscopic

on top of the soil because the soil is

too wet in some instances and they leave

their larvae and then you have more and

more soil gnats also it helps prevent

damping off which is a disease that

attacks the stalk or the stem of the

seedling and rots it for at soil level

so keeping the soil damp not wet that

was one way to prevent it another way is

to help is used ground cinnamon so with

these seeds taking as long as we had

spoke about seven 14 28 days in some

instances if you are only putting them

under a grow light and that's the only

plant you have you don't have to turn

that grow light on until you see the

plants emerging in this this instance we

have brassicas we have onions we've got

tomatoes that are beginning to germinate

then we have we need to light on so with

the the happy leaf LED light it will

broadcast across three flats and then on

the outer flats you just rotate those

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and again the distance there's so much

the lighter light is so intense that it

keeps these plants at a happy level and

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take a long time please be patient don't

think they're not germinating because

they do need time long as you keep them

moist that they're gonna do fine thanks

for joining me join me again next time

for more organic gardening and seed

starting I'm Joey Barrett and this has

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