Preventing Damping Off Disease – S2E7

Water; Watering; Wicking; Capillary Action; How to Garden Indoors; Gardening; Gardening Resources; Raised Beds; Vertical Gardening; Tomatoes; Herbs; Potatoes; Beans; Onions; Peas; Hybrid Rain Gutter Grow System; peppers; hydroponics; Larry Hall; Grow Bag Garden System; dill; herbs; jalapenos; wicking beds; Garden Planning; Grow What You Eat; 8 Steps to Starting Plants Indoors; Aquarium Lights; Grow Lights; Preventing Damping Off Disease; Blight; Damping Off Disease

Preventing Damping Off Disease – S2E7

There is nothing like the excitement of seeing your tender seedlings popping through the soil in your indoor garden area!  You immediately have visions of future harvest from these beautiful plants.  This will be the best year ever in the garden!  Then, something starts to happen: fuzzy mold appears on the soil surface, the stems become thin and weak, and the seedlings wilt and die.  You add more water to the tender seedlings because they might be drying out.  Instead, this seems to have the opposite effect: more seedlings are wilting!  Soon, the entire tray looks horrible and is a complete loss.  This, my friends, happened to me last year!  It is most likely damping off disease, and if you garden indoors, you eventually will have to deal with it.  In this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I discuss 9 steps for Preventing Damping Off Disease.

Podcast Topics

Water; Watering; Wicking; Capillary Action; How to Garden Indoors; Gardening; Gardening Resources; Raised Beds; Vertical Gardening; Tomatoes; Herbs; Potatoes; Beans; Onions; Peas; Hybrid Rain Gutter Grow System; peppers; hydroponics; Larry Hall; Grow Bag Garden System; dill; herbs; jalapenos; wicking beds; Garden Planning; Grow What You Eat; 8 Steps to Starting Plants Indoors; Aquarium Lights; Grow Lights; Preventing Damping Off Disease; Blight; Damping Off Disease

Damping Off Disease attacking a tomato seedling in 2016

 

In this podcast, I discuss the following tips for Preventing Damping Off Disease:

  1. Plant seeds in containers, and then place the containers in trays
  2. Water the tray, not directly on the soil (bottom up, not top down)
  3. Sterilize containers, tools and trays for 30 minutes before reusing them
  4. Use warm water to water your seedlings
  5. Do not overwater! Only add enough water to fill 1/4″ to 1/3″ high in the tray
  6. Use a heating pad to start seedlings
  7. Use good draining potting mix. Do not use your garden soil or compost!
  8. Do not fertilize your seedlings
  9. Provide 12 to 16 hours of light from your grow lights.
  10. BONUS TIP: keep the lights 1-2″ from the top of your seedlings when they first germinate
 I finish the podcast by giving you what I think are the most critical steps to Preventing Damping Off Disease.

Links

Water; Watering; Wicking; Capillary Action; How to Garden Indoors; Gardening; Gardening Resources; Raised Beds; Vertical Gardening; Tomatoes; Herbs; Potatoes; Beans; Onions; Peas; Hybrid Rain Gutter Grow System; peppers; hydroponics; Larry Hall; Grow Bag Garden System; dill; herbs; jalapenos; wicking beds; Garden Planning; Grow What You Eat; 8 Steps to Starting Plants Indoors; Aquarium Lights; Grow Lights; Preventing Damping Off Disease; Blight; Damping Off Disease

While initially looking healthy, this tray of tomato seedlings is doomed – 2016

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