New Seedling table with CSA workday…come spring we are ready!

We were able to almost finish our revamped seedling table. This is such an improvement over the old one. Come on Spring we are ready! These photos also show us working on soil blocking and starting seeds!

The new table was a process or raising and rebuilding it while widening it and creating a small slope to help the water drain.  Then styrofoam insulation panels were added to keep heat near the plants.  Plastic covered this to protect the insulation.  The heat tubes which circulated hot water from an on demand hot water heater needed to be lengthened and repaired.  Then the tubes were sorted and stretched over the table. Finally horse panels were cut and placed over the tubes to protect the heat tubes as trays of soil are scooted around the table surface.  The panels also allow a little air flow to the bottom of the soil block trays to keep them healthy.

heat tubes

heat tubes

happy seedling...happy farmers

happy seedling…happy farmers

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Our friend the sun is out!

Our friend the sun is out!

Insulation went over the 2x4 which was then covered with plastic.  Then we laid the heat tubing and horse panels over the top

Insulation went over the 2×4 which was then covered with plastic. Then we laid the heat tubing and horse panels over the top

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checking on which seeds have popped out of their shells

checking on which seeds have popped out of their shells

Curtis removing seedlings from the germination chamber

Curtis removing seedlings from the germination chamber

repairing the hot water tubing on the seedling table

repairing the hot water tubing on the seedling table

sorting out the warming tubes, splicing in tubes and lengthening them so they will run the entire length of the new table

sorting out the warming tubes, splicing in tubes and lengthening them so they will run the entire length of the new table

repairing table

repairing table

underside of the new table

underside of the new table

baby plant just out of the germination chamber

baby plant just out of the germination chamber

The table is happening, laying the tubes out

The table is happening, laying the tubes out

Ruth with some soil and lots of smiles!

Ruth with some soil and lots of smiles!

step one-girls mixing soil

step one-girls mixing soil

filling plastic trays with soil blocks that are ready for seeds to be dropped in

filling plastic trays with soil blocks that are ready for seeds to be dropped in

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girls dropping seeds into blocks

girls dropping seeds into blocks

New seedling table coming together

New seedling table coming together

squishing soil into soil blocker

squishing soil into soil blocker

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