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Plug sheets, get ready!

Stacked plug sheets and trays

It’s getting near that time when a whole lotta seed gets started—company is on the way for the onions and parsley! I’m still sorting and setting up around here, doing a bit of this and a bit of that every day (an INCREMENTAL approach to the many different things to do on the tiny farm that would drive some people…nuts, but works for me right now! :). On the getting-ready-for-seed-starting front, today I unpacked all of the plug sheets and trays from inside the composting toilet home where they made the farm move. It’s a stack about 5-1/2′ (1.7m) high, still dusty from months of storage on the Big Shelf. It’s a bit of a head rush to imagine all of them being filled, tended, and then moved out to the field in the next three months. Crazy.



  1. Wow!

    I was wondering, how do you clean all of those?

    Love your blog, by the way: am following closely what you do!

  2. I think you’re getting excited.. kinda like a new school year for a teacher.  You just can’t wait for that first day, but there’s a lot of work to get ready for it!

  3. Ohhh my that is a lot of seed starting.  I can honestly say I don’t know how you do it..completely impressed!  Kim

  4. Do you think that is enough plug trays?!  ;)

  5. DennisP

    I’m just a home gardener.  The sight of 5 1/2 feet of those seed starting trays makes me cringe.  What a lot of work!  You do earn your money, Mike.  Your blog is one of the important ones that I turn to every morning.  Wish you well with your new farm.

  6. Liina

    Do you clean/sterilise your trays somehow? What is your experience with desease, fungi etc?

     keeping an eye on your blog from another side of the Earth

  7. Yeah, the stack looks pretty big and imposing to me, too! This is the first time I’ve seen them in one big stack. Yikes!

    The rinsing is easy. Because I use a soilless potting mix, nothing much sticks, you just tap ’em out. And when water hits them, they rinse clean.

    I used to be a bit fanatical about sterilizing, soaked them for a bit in a 1:10 dilution of regular strength (5%) bleach, which is the usual recommendation for sanitizing food prep surfaces and the like. I was concerned about DISEASE festering in the warm, moist, protected indoor conditions. I’m more laid back now, I sponge off with soap and water any dirt stuck to the bottoms from being out in the field for transplanting, and give them all a good water rinse!

  8. Shaneel Kumar

    My Name is Shaneel i am from Fiji.
    Can you please tell me the prices of your Plug Sheets, get Ready.

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