As mentioned in my previous post, I attempted starting tomato, pepper, eggplant, and basil plants from seed. Also, as predicted, I ended up going to a plant sale to buy tomato, pepper, eggplant, and basil plants...Read More
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This is my first season experimenting with seed starting. I had a bunch of seed trays and containers leftover from previous plant purchases (hoarding for the win!) that I cleaned and disinfected by spraying with hydrogen peroxide. I purchased a seed starting mix at a nearby nursery as well as a shop light and light timer from Home Depot. I had PVC pipe from a previous project on hand that I used to create a stand to hang the shop light. I tried to use what I had on hand as much as possible, so as you can see below it's a bit of a bootleg setup, but it worked for the most part.
I started back in February with lettuce, kale, swiss chard, spinach, and leek seeds. I'm not calling it a total fail, but definitely not a total success. All of the seeds germinated except for the spinach and leek seeds. A few lessons learned: I think I overwatered a bit. The seedlings got a little "leggy"...I don't know if that makes sense, but the stems were really long and "stringy". I thought I took a picture, but I guess I was too ashamed... I watered from the bottom by putting about a half inch of water in the tray holding the containers. That is the part I wouldn't change, but next time I will only water when the soil is dry on the top, which lately is less than once a week. Also, I should have been better about thinning the lettuce early on, I put several seeds in each compartment, but didn't stay on top of thinning and they got tangled. I think they would have done better with more "room to breathe" so to speak.Read More