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The benefits of seed starting houses & cold frames...


Alot of folks had their tomatoes hit hard by blight this last summer. The weather didn't help but a large part of the problem was infected plants. Those plants were started and infected in huge greenhouses down to our south where blight over winters and then they were sold all over the eastern U.S.. One of the ways to prevent that from happening this next year is to buy from a local nursery or start your own tomato plants from seed. Growing your plants from day one also allows you to plant all kinds of varieties you don't normally find at the store. Varieties that may be tastier and more nutritious. Starting tomatoes from seed isn't that difficult but in our climate it means starting the seeds and plants inside. The best way to do that is with a greenhouse, cold frame or a garden potting shed.

    Kevin Nielander from Amish Direct Connection in Wytheville, Virginia sells a potting shed that can be custom built to however big or whatever your specific needs are. He has a work bench that's pressure treated so that it's water resistant. Obviously when you're potting there's a lot of moisture that you don't want that could rot the wood over time. There's a lot of window space to set trays to get sun to start seeds in the potting shed. Also there's even sky lights that if you faced your building to the south you could really maximize your sunlight. There's storage for trays above the bench. There are two entry ways too in this potting shed. One is just a single door and at the other end you have a double door with a ramp so that you can roll your wheelbarrow in and out and not have to be cramped by a single door. Kevin says you can pick your style and color of the shed too. There are a lot of ideas out there so start planning now so you can have everything in place by at least the middle of march. Of course make sure that whatever you have to start your plants in that it gets plenty of sun and you can regulate that temperature so it doesn't get too hot. 

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