By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
The other day, I was in one of my favorite “feed and seed” just looking around and noticed a new item on their seed rack.
I thought I had seen everything. This included seed tape, seed bombs, and seed cards.
But a seed disk was something new to me.
As I looked through the assortment of seed disks created by Perry-Morse, I found that they were not limited to flowers but also included herbs. Being an herb lover and curious as far as the product, I decided to buy a basil disk.
Once I got it home, I could not wait until spring to plant it. So to the garden shed I went to gather my materials. Since the daytime temperatures have been around 32 degrees Fahrenheit where I live, I decided to bring in my materials. This included potting soil, a container, and drainage material.
After I had washed and sterilized my container and drainage material, I began the planting process. The first step was to place the drainage material in the bottom of my 10 inch pot. Next, I filled the container with an all-purpose potting soil mix and watered in. This last step is very important for this product. Adding moisture below the disk helps to spur germination and also aids in ones germination rate.
After that, I opened the package and took out the planting disk. I unfolded the disk and cut it to fit my container. While the container I chose to use was the recommended size on the package, the disk can be cut down to fit pots smaller than 10 inches or pots that are unusual shapes.
The next step in this process is to lay down the disk on top of the soil surface and then apply 1/8 inch of potting soil. Make sure when applying the soil that one, it is not too thick and two that it goes all the way to the edge of the disk. Doing this will prevent any wicking away of moisture that the disk would absorb and allow you to maximize the seeds “planted” in the disk.
Now, you will need to water in the disk and place on a sunny windowsill. Soil moisture will need to be monitored daily. This means that the soil will need to be evenly moist but not wet at all times.
In a couple of weeks, the seeds from the disk will have germinated. To thin them out, simply remove some of the seedlings with a pair of scissors. When doing this process, make sure to cut them off at ground level to prevent plant disease.
Continue to care for your garden disk as you would with any other seedlings and harden-off the plants once the weather warms up. Place outside after your local frost-free date.
These disks are not limited to herbs but include flower combinations that give a designer look to any planter and/or area.
So until we blog again, turn your brown thumb green with Perry-Morse Planting Disks.