This season, I am trying something different. I was listening to a local garden radio show called "You Bet Your Garden" and they were talking about tips for starting seeds indoors. To sum up, window light, although may seem good enough, really isn't enough light for the young seedlings. So in order to deal with that, it is recommended to use fluorescent bulbs for light. Keep the light about 2" away from the plants and keep the light on them 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. You can read about it here.
|I can adjust the distance of the bulbs to the plants with the chain.|
So, what we did this year, is Mike made for me two shelves worth of fluorescent bulbs. I have 4 - 3 foot fluorescent bulbs on each shelf. He connected the lamps with pieces of sheet metal and then I can raise and lower the lights with a chain he attached to the sheet metal. This is great, as the plants grow I can adjust the distance of the lights. I keep the lights about 1"-2" away from the plants and I have the lights on constantly. They seem to be responding well to this set up.
|Makeshift lights does the job - 2 bulbs attached together with sheet metal|
|Hoping that these tomatoes will look better than last year.|
|Radicchio - always tasty in a salad.|
|Onions - this is the first time I'm growing from seed. I usually start with sets.|
|Peppers and celery|
|Broccoli and celery|
|and more celery - I will have celery this year!|
Rather than using peet pellets, I planted my seeds in those 6 pack trays and using potting soil. The potting soil needs to be saturated, similar to the peat pellets. I filled my trays with soil, then wet the soil a bit, planted the seeds and water some more. By doing it this way, the seeds won't float to the top as the soil is already a bit moist.
I will continue to share my experience on how this is all going. So far I'm pleased. Warmer weather can't get here soon enough.