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
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I've been using paper tubes with potting soil and/or starter mix. My tomatoes are coming up now.ReplyDelete
I like to shove the paper tube into the bag of mix. The soil stays in the tube and I don't have a mess!
Hi Frank, thanks for the suggestion. Actually I started hoarding paper tubes after I saw your post about them. I've also been hoarding yogurt cups and egg cartons so I'll have a bunch of options next year.ReplyDelete
Seems you have started so many things. Whereas I could plant only potato and tomato. These 2 things I need very much. I was planning for Brinjel but due to worms & insects probs I dropped.ReplyDelete
Btw how can you maintain all those from your daliy routine?
Hi Helen, I have a small garden, so I only started a few seeds of every type, they can all fit on one windowsill. I check the seedlings twice a day, once before work and once before sleep.ReplyDelete
I've been hinting to my husband that I want a grow light system for my birthday this month. Crossing my fingers! Your system is fantastic, I have a heat mat also and it's amazing.ReplyDelete
I started holding on to document pipes after I saw your publish about them. I've also been holding on to natural glasses and egg packages so I'll have a lot of alternatives next year.ReplyDelete