Thursday, March 17, 2011
My Seed Starting Setup
I started every Atris pepper seed in the packet (10), but I only intend to use 3 or 4 on the rooftop so there will be several to give away in a few weeks. I started extra Sun Gold cherry tomato seeds to give away too. I'll let you know when everything is ready.
As you can see from the photo I bought a grow light. Actually, I was shopping for desk light when I noticed I could buy a grow light for the same price so I figured why not. Plus, since I now have a grow light I can reclaim the desk light I was using in my indoor gardening experiment. I no longer need to buy a desk light!
The seed tray sits in a south facing window over a seedling heat mat. I placed a towel at the bottom of the window to block drafts. Both the heat mat and the grow light on are on timers. The light is on for 16 hours a day and the heat mat is on for 12 hours a day, from 8pm to 8am. The windowsill is warm enough during the day to not require an extra heat source.
Now I will only need to buy seed starting mix in the future. For seed starting I prefer Jiffy peat pellets, the mesh casing really let roots breathe, I've never had a problem with damping off while using them. Also, since they're self contained they are much easier and tidier to work with than a loose mix. Unfortunately, I can no longer find them locally, so unless I can find them online for a decent price I'm going to be stuck with loose seed starting mix next year.
Last weekend I also direct sowed some root vegetables on the roof. Hopefully they won't get blown away. If it's a sunny day going out on the roof is ok, but it's still too chilly to stay for an extended period of time. I look forward to the day that I can comfortably sit out there with a cup of tea and watch the city move around me.
2-Foot T5 Grow Light System: $45.66
Running Total: $96.55