On the Jiffy plugs I would spray them with 1-3 hydrogen peroxide mix every other week or so to kill out any mold or mildew that might show up. Are you going to give your overwintering plants some heat or just go with the room temp from the T5's, My T8' fixture give off some heat but I might get a small heater, to warm things up some and hook up a fan just to keep the air around the plants moving. The Tepins are in the grow shelf for now. That's where the whole August plants started. The others are in the greenhouse for the winter. I have a space heater in the greenhouse, and a shop light with 2x4' 6500K T12s just to augment the winter daylight. O got the heater at Home Depot three seasons ago for $12.95. It's a Patton, and the only one they had made out of metal. All the rest were plastic. My Montana-raised buddy said it was the kind of heater they put i hen houses during the winter. My night temps hover around low 50's and in the day it hits the 60's, and on a sunny winter afternoon, can get to 75. Most of the plants seem to be doing okay in this environment.
Right now I'm having problems with aphids I have been using a insect soap spray with neem in it, but they keep coming back for more so I might have to break out the big gun and and dust them with pepper powder and Diotam. Earth and see if that will kill them out. I fight aphids constantly in the greenhouse. I have been using NEEM, but have switched to Sucrasheild, also an OMRI listed furmuaition. The little suckers like the bunches of new growth coming out on the OW's/ the up side is there is so little vegetation on the stalks, that it's easy to spray the little bunches of green and kill the aphids! I think I'll alternate with Neem and Sucrasheild to try to prevent resistance on the art of the aphids.
If the weather warms up some more I plan to take a trip up to Bakers creek Heirloom seeds and pick up a few things the first of the month as I need to get some tomato and eggplant seeds, they have a OP eggplant that is resistant to flea beetles, so I hope that It true at any rate it will get a good work out at my place. the worse bugs that I have is flea beetles and spider mites, after that the squash and stink bugs pretty much eat everything else unless I can keep them dusted With D.E, BT, and a small amount of seven dust when they get real bad.
Man, I don't envy the bug situation you have there. Mostly aphids and some borers here, and late summer finds a few shield bugs hanging out, but by then, the season is waning. Good luck with the Eggplant and Tomatoes, and with your grow in general, WS!
Lookin good Paul! I was going to go with seedling mix and cells too but may try the peat pellets again this year. Time will tell, still go a a couple of weeks to decide!
I really don't know what to say. I'm using the pellets and trays because I had acquired them a while back. I'm not sold on 'em totally, but maybe by following Jason's advice, I'll have better luck with them. By the time one does the breaking up and fluffing up, it's just as easy to use straight seedling mix. I use the Black Gold brand, and found it very satisfactory. Time will tell.
Good luck getting your list finalized and your grow under way, MaxCap!
Givin er hell eh buddy! Never had any experience with peat pellets, but have used lots of coco pellets. Jason has really good luck with em and I see you took his advice. Interested to see how you do.
Hey, Jamison, good to see you here, my friend! You had quite a
season last time with the move and all, but still had some good
success! Way to go, buddy!
Good luck with your own 2014 grow!