Since it’s another dank, rainy day (shocker), I’m starting my veggies today. Got a couple 72 pod hex starter trays, and am trying a different mix this year. The last couple years, I’ve used the Jiffy pods, just add water, fluff it up, add seeds, and onto the heat pad. I’ve had decent germination with this method, but had a few peppers not come up, as well as some herbs and 'mater’s.
Did some reading about pepper seeds not really liking peat, which is the predominant material in these Jiffy pods. Maybe it’s the low pH of the peat that inhibits germination. So, going with a different mix this year, it’s MG Organic Choice potting mix. It has mostly composted forest products, and some moss, but not very much.
But, that Black Magic sounds like some good stuff, I’ll have to look into that. I wonder if Lowe’s has it, we don’t have a Home Depot within 50mi of us.