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A new seedling tray

For some reason, I haven't been able to find seedling trays anywhere around here. I tried a local nursery, Home Depot, Lowes... and nothing. I finally went to a local Ace Hardware, and lo and behold! A seedling tray. It even came with one of those super-duper plastic covers to keep in moisture. I also picked up a new hose attachment to gently water new seedlings.

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Some of our seeds in the new seedling tray. The butternut seeds normally come up pretty quick, right along with the beans and peas.

Anyways, we planted a seedling tray with six cells each of peas, eggplant, limas, lettuce, butternut squash, red cabbage, melons, and Seminole Pumpkin.
The Seminole Pumpkin seeds I received at a small local lecture kind of thing about native plants. The lecture was okay, but the seeds were definitely the highlight. Supposedly it's a native species of climbing pumpkin grown by the Seminoles that was trained to grow up oak trees to keep the fruits from rotting on the wet ground. Because it originally grew under trees, it's pretty shade tolerant, and supposedly it's a delicious cooking pumpkin. The seeds are a little old, but I'm hoping for at least one of the seven I received to give me a pumpkin plant.

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I'm normally pretty bad about labeling my seeds, but seedling trays make it a lot easier. I used some Popsicle sticks and a sharpie, so hopefully I'll know what comes up (and perhaps be able to identify some of our other confused seedlings by how these look).

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I've never had a seedling tray with a cover before, so I'm hoping for good things. I always have problems with my seeds being over or under watered, so maybe this will fix that kink. I think the tray cost $4.99, which is a little pricy, but worth it.

Oh, and last night I ordered two really cool things online for the garden. More on that when they show up in the mail.


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