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Old 02-12-2017, 10:09 PM
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Lightbulb Starting seeds indoors under grow lights - Tips


It's my method for starting seeds indoors.

Steps ---> How to start seeds indoors

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Old 02-15-2017, 02:16 AM
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Howdy - Nice set of instructions.

I didn't see anything about a germinating heat mat, or maybe I might have missed it.

I started using a heat mat a few years ago, especially since my basement is cold. I continue to use a larger mat once the seedlings start, it helps tremendously.
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:17 AM
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I put an electric blanket down on the table and then cover it with plastic; then set my seedlings on top of that.

This system has worked for me for years!!
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:10 PM
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I save seeds and only start tomatoes & peppers indoors. I have (had) a south facing window and never needed a heated mat.

I use composted horse manure/bedding/table scraps run thru the chickens first as starter medium and it works great: heat of composting kills weed seeds and the fibrous texture of horse apples is excellent for soil aeration/hydration.

I start the seeds in those degradable cardboard pots and then just knock off the bottom and split the sides a little and drop the whole thing into the hole when transplanting, minimizing damage to roots.

To water the started seeds without drowning them, I take a plastic milk container, heat a needle and let it melt 5 little holes in the container cap. That gives a nice, light trickle of water.
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Old 02-22-2017, 05:29 PM
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For plants that need warm conditions for germination (tomato pepper) the flats get put next to the woodstove covered with saran wrap to keep moisture in. Once they sprout the wrap comes off and under the lights they go.
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