I have not been in the yard working on the container redo thing yet. Has been too chilly out there. Also decided not to bother with steaming the container mix. The violas and pansies are still flowering nicely.
The seeds I planted have only sprouted about four plants out of 11 so far since Jan 13th. I think the soil has not been warm enough to encourage sprouting. The soil temp has only been between 60 and 65 degrees. So a couple days ago I took a table lamp with about an 18 inch goose neck with a 60 watt bulb and placed it about eight to ten inches from the pots. That brought the soil temp up about to between 65 to 70 degrees. May need to reseed those that have not come up in a couple days. I will just take a pencil and put a hole in the pots that have not sprouted and drop the seed in.
Went to store this past couple days and picked up a 2 cu ft bag each of perlite and vermiculite to redo the containers. Use that up and see what I need from there. I want to redo my 3x4 foot bin first as I want to plant some radish and lettuce seeds maybe this coming week. Warm enough temperature outside now for those to be planted.
I also picked up a 25 foot roll of aluminum screening to redo 3 house screens that need repairing. Will use the old screen to reline the containers I put burlap in that rotted. Also picked up enough 1x6 lumber to finish the square boxes that I want to put into octagon shape. Got the 1x6 out of the 70% discount bin at Home depot. Going to cut it up into small pieces any how. The split portion I will use for my ground containers I am going to make. Paid $4.03 cents for $13.44 cents worth of lumber. What a deal A couple weeks ago I pulled out a 2x8x8 ft out of the 70% discount bin for something like $1.80 cents. will use that for my ground container bins also.
All the stinkin lumber I threw away over the years doing construction that was usable and now I am out there buying the crap.